Official Review: Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle

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Official Review: Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle

Post by Kendra M Parker » 15 Oct 2019, 19:59

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle" by Brandon Mull.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull is the third book in his Dragonwatch series. Having not read any of his other books in the series previously, I initially found it difficult to get into the novel. Mull spends very little time introducing his characters, assuming that readers have read other books in the series. While this keeps fans of the series from getting bogged down in rehashing events of other books, it did initially make it somewhat difficult to get involved with these characters. Still, persevering through the first couple of chapters rewarded me with an amazing tale.

Mull kicks off Master of the Phantom Isle with Seth, a teenage boy who sacrificed his memories to save the world. As a shadow charmer, he has allied himself with Ronodin, a dark unicorn that seems to be one of the few people who understand Seth and his dark powers. Seth’s sister, Kendra, wants nothing more than to find her missing brother and help him regain his memories. As they search for Seth, Kendra and her friends must help the Crescent Lagoon dragon sanctuary restore the magic that protects its borders. In the process, they hope to find information that will lead them to Seth and allow them to rescue him.

I absolutely loved this book. Mull clearly has established his world very well, and he develops his characters just as thoroughly. The swift pace of the novel made it easy to read. Using clever dialog, Mull keeps building momentum until the climax of the book. Clear, engaging imagery allows the readers to immerse themselves in the adventure.

While this novel primarily targets the middle grade reader, I can certainly attest to this book being equally engaging to an adult reader. Muir’s language choices are very appropriate to the middle grade reader level. Clean story lines and clear plots make this a book that an entire family could enjoy together. On top of that, impeccable editing meant that I could really sit back and enjoy this novel thoroughly.

Because of his incredible world building, engaging characters, and faultless editing, I give Master of the Phantom Isle 4 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy a fast-paced middle grade fantasy novel. It reminds me a bit of the Percy Jackson series in the way that it is written in an episodic manner for young people to enjoy. Readers that have already enjoyed one of Mull’s books are sure to love this latest addition to this series. Unless you enjoy being dumped into the middle of the story, I would recommend reading the first books in this series before diving into this one. Readers should be able to figure out what’s going on pretty easily, but I do think that reading the other books would further enhance a reader’s enjoyment.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 24 Oct 2019, 11:36

I recognised the author from his Fablehaven series, so I was surprised to learn that he had another one out. This seems exactly in line with what I expect from him and just as exciting too. I'm willing to go out on a limb and say young readers would definitely enjoy the bit about helping the dragon sanctuary as well as the Kendra goes on to find Seth. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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Post by Falconcrest » 25 Oct 2019, 08:10

We all are children at heart most of us anyway. I love the main theme and the plot sounds intriguing. Thanks for an inspiring review. I will definitely be giving this book a go.

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Post by spluficvictory » 28 Oct 2019, 12:57

Wow. From the author of FableHaven series, Dragon Watch is another wonderful and intriguing book. One of my favorite series so far. Impeccable editing is one of the many reasons I love reading his books. Thanks for the review 👍
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Post by kdstrack » 05 Nov 2019, 19:54

This looks like a fascinating series for followers of the Fablehaven series. I appreciated your comments about the slow start since this is not the first book of the series. Thanks for your insights about this book.

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Post by Bhalimat » 06 Nov 2019, 19:40

This book is really enticing for the fact that it embedded with lots of inspiration. I appreciate the author for this. author of FableHaven series, which state that Dragon Watch is another wonderful and intriguing book is an impediment to this book

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Post by Bhalimat » 05 Dec 2019, 05:31

The line of the story is timid, it should be broad for more explanation though the writer is super good but more should be added

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