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Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven) (Paperback)

By: Brandon Mull


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Brace yourself for a shocking secret. Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Reading in Patton''s Journal of Secrets, Kendra learns the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts. In order to retrieve it, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. The mission cannot proceed without stealing a sacred object zealously guarded by the centaurs. Anybody seen Seth? The race is on to acquire all five of the artifact keys to the great demon prison. Will the Knights of the Dawn conquer Wyrmroost? Who can stop the Sphinx? Can Vanessa be trusted to help? What artifact will be found next? Find out in Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary.


Brandon Mull Interviews Raxtus the Dragon

Raxtus, a fairy dragon, is much smaller than the average winged reptiles that you may encounter in the Fablehaven series. He was raised by fairies, and can turn invisible at will. Find out how he wages war against the centaurs with the help of a young fairy named Kendra in Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary.

Brandon: Thanks for consenting to this interview.

Raxtus: I''m open to new experiences. Within reason.

Brandon: You are not a typical dragon.

Raxtus: Wow! So much for small talk. No, to my great shame, I was incubated and raised by fairies, so I sparkle and I''m much smaller than average. Also, my breath weapon is a joke. Among other things, it makes flowers bloom. Enough humiliation? I could go on.

Brandon: You feel like other dragons don''t see you as an equal?

Raxtus: I get it. My humiliation remains incomplete. No, other dragons see me as ridiculous. My dad is a really big, important dragon, which heightens my disgrace, and also explains why I remain alive. Few dragons would willingly cross my dad.

Brandon: Unlike many dragons, you have befriended humans.

Raxtus: I enjoy humans. Since dragons rejected me, I get some of my vicarious thrills by spying on human culture. I love action movies.

Brandon: You can get into a theater?

Raxtus: In a pinch, yes. Often I''ll just find a drive-in. They''re a dying breed, but they''re still around. Not the best sound, but I enjoy the open atmosphere. You want to talk movies? I could go for hours.

Brandon: Some other time. I understand that you aren''t confined to a particular dragon sanctuary.

Raxtus: Correct. I enjoy Wyrmroost, and spend more time here than at any other sanctuaries, but I am free to roam the world, including many preserves that others cannot access.

Brandon: What is the purpose of these preserves?

Raxtus: Don''t you know?

Brandon: I''m just trying to inform the uninitiated.

Raxtus: Gotcha. For centuries, the magical creatures around the world have been gathered to secret wildlife refuges. Some remain in the wild, but most have retired to these hidden preserves. Dragons and some of the more powerful creatures reside in special preserves called dragon sanctuaries. Is that enough?

Brandon: Perfect. You know Kendra Sorenson.

Raxtus: She''s a credit to humankind. And fairykind. I''m a fan.

Brandon: And you''ve met Warren.

Raxtus: Don''t remind me. I''m always finding new ways to embarrass myself. I''ve turned it into an art form.

Brandon: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Raxtus: Ten years is a blink for a dragon. We live a long time. It would be like me asking where you see yourself in ten hours.

Brandon: Asleep.

Raxtus: I get it. You want an answer. I''ve always wanted to write, or maybe paint, or I might finally enroll in grad school. I''m kidding. Told you I''ve studied humans! A real answer? I''ll probably still be lurking around, hopefully inching toward seeming a tad more dragonly.

Brandon: What is your favorite food?

Raxtus: I love food! Don''t get me started. So many flavors! It depends on my mood. Lately I''ve been into hippopotamus. It has to be fresh. Aurochs are good.

Brandon: Remind me what aurochs are?

Raxtus: Kind of like giant bulls. Really meaty.

Brandon: I think we''d get along. I''m into steak.

Raxtus: I take mine really rare. Like recently breathing.

Brandon: How do dragons view other magical creatures?

Raxtus: Most dragons are well aware that they''re alpha predators, top of the food chain. The sharks of the sky. We''re only threatened by other dragons, and perhaps the most powerful wizards. Many creatures become paralyzed in our presence, including humans. Dragons generally view other creatures as food. But dragons like to consider themselves intellectuals. If a creature can engage the intellect of a dragon, it might survive an encounter. The catch? It can be hard to hold a stimulating conversation when you''re paralyzed.

Brandon: Some dragons have human avatars. They can take human shape.

Raxtus: Correct. Some dragons frown on the idea. Others find great amusement in the exercise. I have no human avatar. Which might be a good thing. If I did, I might rarely use my dragon form.

Brandon: You really like humans.

Raxtus: Shameful as it may sound, I do. Among dragons, I''m alone in that opinion.

Brandon: Do dragons particularly dislike humans?

Raxtus: Some do, mostly because wizards tend to use human form. Many dragons give humanoids little thought, considering them vermin if anything. A few dragons have kept human pets or servants, but not usually due to a love for humanity. A particular human might occasionally find favor with a particular dragon.

Brandon: But most dragons would just eat humans.

Raxtus: Absolutely.

Brandon: This has been enlightening. Any parting thoughts?

Raxtus: Stay away from dragons. I may seem friendly, but I''m an exception to the rule. Even I sometimes savor the smell of humans. I abstain from eating people for philosophical rather than gastronomical reasons.

Brandon: Thanks for talking with me.

Raxtus: Anytime.


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Kendra and Seth''s adventure continues in Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, the fourth installment of Brandon Mull''s NYT bestselling Fablehaven series.



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