Kendra and Seth Sorenson have to find a hidden artifact in the Fablehaven preserve. Kendra is back at school after her adventures at Fablehaven, and one of her classmates is a goblin. With the help of the mysterious Errol Fisk, Kendra and her younger brother Seth steal a gold frog statue and use it to chase the goblin away. But when their grandfather calls they find out that Fisk recruited them under false pretenses and the statue is actually a demon called Olloch that will eat Seth. The Sorensons are picked up by a friend, Vanessa, and they join their grandparents and friends at Fablehaven.
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Kendra meets the Sphinx, leader of the magical preserves like Fablehaven. He explains that they must find an artifact that's a key to a dragon prison. Meanwhile, Olloch finds Seth and swallows him. Miraculously, Seth comes out the other side unharmed. Vanessa is revealed to be a traitorous narcoblix, a vampire-like creature who can control people in their sleep. On their own, Seth and Kendra have to figure out how to help their friends and find the artifact. Seth takes on a Revenant (a magical being who causes fear) and in doing so manages to cure their friend Warren of a catatonic, zombie-like state. Warren leads Kendra to the Inverted Tower.
Warren and Kendra face off against a minotaur and a lynx in the Inverted Tower. Vanessa reluctantly helps when Warren is mortally wounded. Luckily they find the artifact - a teapot full of dust that heals Warren and their friends. When she's imprisoned, Vanessa reveals to Kendra that the Sphinx is a traitor and all of the preserves are in danger.
Best part of story, including ending:
Rise of the Evening Star is a great adventure in magical places with mystical creatures. It's a very enjoyable read for any age.
Best scene in story:
I enjoyed the scene where Kendra and Warren fought the lynx because there was no gravity and they had to bounce around to battle it.
Opinion about the main character:
Like myself at that age, Kendra is an older sister who divides her time between keeping her brother out of trouble and her curiosity. She's adventurous, but cautious.