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1. Five Kingdoms Launch Party!

You’re invited to the free launch party on March 6, 2014 in Murray, UT to celebrate the release of FIVE KINGDOMS, the newest series from Brandon Mull. Come for the comedy show, stay for the signing and to meet some of your favorite authors. Get all the details here!

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2. Start Reading Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders

Start reading Sky Raiders, the first book in Brandon Mull’s new series, absolutely free! Visit this link to start your adventure!

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3. Meet Brandon Mull!

Want to meet Brandon Mull? Check out his tour schedule to see if he’ll be in your neck of the woods on his Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders tour!

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4. Q&A With Brandon Mull

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5. Discover Spirit Animals

#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic’s brand-new multiplatform phenomenon.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game—discover your spirit animal and join the adventure now at scholastic.com/spiritanimals.

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6. Five Kingdoms Book 1: Sky Raiders

COMING MARCH 11, 2014

Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms—come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

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7. Spirit Animals #1: Wild Born

#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic’s brand-new multiplatform phenomenon.

Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts—a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children—and the world—have been changed forever.

Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game—discover your spirit animal and join the adventure now at scholastic.com/spiritanimals.

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8. Enter to win a Brandon Mull Library!

Chasing the Prophecy is now available in stores! To celebrate, enter the Brandon Mull Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of five prize packs including a signed AND personalized set of the Beyonders Trilogy, a Fablehaven boxed set, AND Candy Shop Wars books 1 and 2!!

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9. Beyonders 3: Chasing the Prophecy

The #1 New York Times bestselling Beyonders fantasy trilogy comes to a stunning and epic conclusion.

Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined.

And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests—each surrounded by brave and powerful allies—knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

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10. Beyonders: Book 3 – On Sale March 12

Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy, the explosive finale of the Beyonders trilogy, is coming March 12, 2013. Jason and Rachel are ready to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost. Catch up on the adventure while you wait!

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11. Save the Date: Final Beyonders Launch Party!

The final book in the Beyonders trilogy is coming – which means on FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Brandon Mull will host his final Beyonders Launch Party, complete with unbelievable surprise special guests. Save the Date – this is one party you can’t miss! Official details to come…

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12. Brandon Mull and Christopher Paolini

Fantasy mega-authors Brandon Mull and Christopher Paolini (ERAGON) will be in Bozeman for one night only, Thursday, April 5, for a joint talk and signing at the Country Bookshelf. Details can be found HERE.

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13. FOLLOW BRANDON MULL

Want to keep up with the latest news from Brandon Mull? Follow him on twitter or Like him on facebook!

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14. SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION OF SEEDS!

Trying to return to Lyrian? Don’t jump in that hippo’s mouth just yet! The first printing of BEYONDERS: SEEDS OF REBELLION includes special bonus scenes with the Oracle, written exclusively by Brandon Mull for the first-edition hardcover. Don’t wait to pick up your copy, or we prophecize you’ll miss these extras!

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15. Beyonders 2: Seeds of Rebellion

The second epic installment of Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy series! After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known—yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have discovered new enemies—as well as new abilities that could turn the tide of the entire quest. And as soon as Jason succeeds in crossing over to Lyrian, he’s in more danger than ever. Once the group reunites, they strive to convince their most-needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph over Maldor. At the center of it all, Jason and Rachel realize what roles they’re meant to play—and the answers are as surprising as they are gripping.

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16. BEYONDERS Launch Party: March 15!

Get all the info on the free launch party for Beyonders! CLICK HERE

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17. Meet Brandon Mull!

See if his tour is coming to a city near you! CLICK HERE

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18. Beyonders Trailer

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19. Fablehaven 5 Launch Party MARCH 23

Celebrate the release of Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison on Tuesday, March 23 at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the party there will be a comedy troupe, face painting, dancers, and your favorite Fablehaven characters in costume. The highlight of the evening is your chance to meet New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull and get his autograph*.

*Expect a long line. Signing will last several hours.

Tuesday, March 23

Admission: Free (seats awarded on a first come first serve basis)

Program starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00p.m.)

Cottonwood High School Auditorium, 5715 South 1300 East

Salt Lake City, Utah

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP

Brandon Mull will also go on a nation wide book tour after March 23. CLICK TO SEE IF HE IS COMING TO YOUR CITY.

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20. Live Twitter Interview and Live UStream Q&A

On Monday March 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time I will be doing a live interview on Twitter. There will be a chance to win some prizes.

Then at 9 p.m. Eastern time I will be doing a live Q&A via UStream.TV. You can watch that by going to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fablehaven or http://fablehaven.com/ustream/ on Monday March 22 at 9 p.m. If you have a UStream.TV account you can ask questions.

TWITTER DIRECTIONS:

Twitter followers of Brandon Mull may join the conversation using the hashtag #fablehaven at the end of their tweets. Fans will be able to ask Brandon Mull questions, share their insights and win a chance to meet him in person at the Fablehaven Launch Party on March 23.

Your turn to ask the questions

Think about what you would like to ask the author: Who is your favorite character? Where do Kendra and Seth travel to in book five? If you, as the author, could keep one of the five secret artifacts, which one would you keep?


Be eligible for prizes

Anyone who participates by entering the hashtag #fablehaven with their tweet will have to opportunity to win:

  • The entire Fablehaven series (including book five!) signed by author Brandon Mull.
  • A chance to meet the author at the Fablehaven launch party happening on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 6:30 p.m. at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City.

How to use Twitter

Get ready for this “twittologue” by following Brandon Mull on Twitter.
If you are not already on Twitter, you can sign up in five easy steps:

  1. Go to twitter.com and click on the big green button that says “Sign up now.”
  2. Enter your full name, select a unique username and password, enter your e-mail and click on “Create my account.”
  3. Choose which friends you want to follow by using your e-mail, or click “Skip this step” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Twitter will suggest friends to follow. Select the ones you want to follow and click “Finish,” or click “Skip this step.”
  5. Now that you have an account on Twitter, follow Mormon Times, Deseret Book and Brandon Mull on Twitter by going to twitter.com/brandonmull then clicking the “Follow” button under each profile icon.

Make sure you use the hashtag #fablehaven so you don’t miss any ‘tweets.’

For more information about Twitter, we recommend this video from howcast.com, which covers the Twitter basics.

If for some reason twitter.com isn’t working at the time of the event, be sure to stick around. They will be back up momentarily.

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21. Fablehaven Launch Party

March 23 marks the release of FH5 and the day of the BIG launch party in Salt Lake City, Utah. For information on the launch party CLICK HERE

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22. Chapter 1 of Fablehaven Keys to the Demon Prison

Chapter One

A Dying Wish

Seth knew he should not be here. His grandparents would be furious if they found out. The dismal cave smelled more rancid than ever, like a nauseating feast of spoiled meat and fruit. Almost steamy with humidity, the wet air forced him not only to smell but also to taste the putrid sweetness. Every inhalation made him want to ­retch.

Graulas lay on his side, chest swelling and shrinking with labored, hitching breaths. His infected face rested against the rocky floor, inflamed flesh flattened in a sticky mass. Although the demon’s wrinkly eyelids were shut, he twitched and grunted as Seth drew near. Groaning and coughing, the bulky demon peeled his face away from the floor, one curled ram horn scraping the ground. The demon did not fully arise, but managed to prop himself up on one elbow. One eye opened a fraction. The other was fused shut by congealed ­goo.

“Seth,” Graulas rasped, his formerly rumbling voice weak and ­tired.

“I came,” Seth acknowledged. “You said it was urgent.”

The heavy head nodded slightly. “I . . . am . . . dying,” he ­managed.

The ancient demon had been diseased and dying since Seth had first met him. “Worse than ever?”

The demon wheezed and coughed, a cloud of dust rising from his lumpy frame. After spitting out a thick wad of phlegm, he spoke again, his voice little more than a whisper. “After . . . long years . . . of dwindling . . . my final days . . . have arrived.”

Seth was unsure what to say. Graulas had never tried to hide his nefarious past. Most good people would be relieved to hear of his demise. But the demon had taken a liking to Seth. After becoming intrigued by Seth’s unusual exploits and successes, Graulas had helped him figure out how to stop the shadow plague, and had further assisted him in learning to use his newfound abilities as a shadow charmer. Whatever crimes Graulas may have committed in the past, the moribund demon had always treated Seth ­well.

“I’m sorry,” Seth said, mildly surprised to find he really meant ­it.

The demon trembled, then his elbow collapsed and he flopped flat against the ground. His eye closed. “The pain,” he moaned softly. “Exquisite pain. My kind . . . dies . . . so very slowly. I thought . . . I had sampled . . . every possible agony. But now, it burrows . . . twists . . . gnaws . . . expands. Deep inside. Relentless. Consuming. Before I can master it . . . the pain increases . . . to new plateaus of anguish.”

“Can I help?” Seth asked, doubting whether anything from the medicine cabinet would do the ­trick.

The demon snorted. “Not likely,” he panted. “I understand . . . you will leave tomorrow.”

“How did you know that?” His mission the next day was supposedly a ­secret.

“Confide . . . no plans . . . to Newel and Doren.”

Seth had not provided the satyrs with details. He had just told them he would be leaving Fablehaven for a time. He had been at the preserve for more than three months, ever since he and the others had returned from Wyrmroost. He had enjoyed several adventures with Newel and Doren in the interim, and felt he owed them a ­good-­bye. Grandpa would only let them discuss the mission in his office with spells to help prevent spying, so Seth had shared no specifics, but he probably should not have said anything at all to the satyrs. “I didn’t give them details,” he told ­Graulas.

“No . . . but I heard them mention your departure . . . as they moved about the woods. Although . . . I can’t see into your house . . . I can deduce . . . you seek another artifact. Only such . . . a mission . . . would prompt Stan to risk . . . your safety.”

“I can’t really talk about it,” Seth ­apologized.

Graulas coughed wetly. “The details are unimportant. If I heard and guessed . . . others may have heard. Though I cannot . . .

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23. Live Q&A Tuesday March 23, 2010

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24. Fan Q&A March 22, 2010

Question: Is Fablehaven really over?

BrandonMull: Book 5 is the final book. If I write something else using those places or characters, it will be separate.

Question: What’s up with the movie?

BrandonMull: The movie is still in development but it’s coming along slowly (at least a few years away)

Question: Who is your favorite character?

BrandonMull: I like bringing the magical creatures to life (centaurs, dragons, etc)

Question: What is that dude on the cover of Fablehaven 5?

BrandonMull: the dude on the cover of Fablehaven 5 is a mystery (curiosity makes us read)

Question: Will Kendra have another love interest?

BrandonMull: Kendra will have a new love interest in Book 5

Question: @SusdyDawn Is Seth loosely based on your own childhood experiences? I once saw a photo of you w/tactical a cereal box

BrandonMull: I have some Seth in me; my brother has even more Seth in him (recklessly curious – occasional knucklehead)

BrandonMull: The photo of me was my brother

Question: Without giving too much away, where do Kendra and Seth travel to in book 5?

BrandonMull: Some destinations include Australia, Finland, Turkey, British Columbia, and more…..

Question: [A fan from BELLEVUE, WA asked] How do you create real humor in your books?

BrandonMull: I used to run a sketch comedy troupe which helps when I write dialog

Question: How did you come up with blixes?

BrandonMull: Most of the creatures in Fablehaven come from existing legends or mythology

BrandonMull: I figured there would also be some creatures we’d never heard of

BrandonMull: I made blixes vampiric but with different powers

Question: Do we find out where the 5th secret preserve is?

BrandonMull: We find out a lot about the 5th secret preserve

Question: @CHINCHUDO Besides entertaining…what would you want people to take away from reading the books?

BrandonMull: I’d like the Fablehaven books to take people on a really fun ride

BrandonMull: I hope people care about the characters and vicariously experience some difficult choices

Question: @MsAJay13 Is Kendra’s new love interest trustworthy? Poor kendra

BrandonMull: That’s the question, isn’t it?

Question: Are you happy with the way book 5 ended?

BrandonMull: One of my biggest reliefs as a writer so far, is that Book 5 turned out really well

Question: @wdmoore22 Will Seth’s shadow charmer abilities and Kendra’s Fairykind abilities further??

BrandonMull: We’ll see Kendra and Seth continue to mature in their abilities

Question: @coolkidsread Harrison and Ben want to know if any major characters die in the last book?

BrandonMull: Yes

BrandonMull: To clarify – yes, some major characters will die

Question: @homestar43 Do they find out how the Chronometer works?

BrandonMull: They will learn more about the Chronometer

Question: @jessbalao How long is the time span of the book?

BrandonMull: It starts a few months after Fablehaven 4 and lasts a couple of weeks

Question: @SusdyDawn What exactly is The Sphinx? Is he part wizard a one of a kind creature? Will any more mysteries about him revealed in

Brandon

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25. Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank into a strange, imperiled world. Lyrian holds dangers and challenges unlike anyplace Jason has ever known. The people all live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. The brave resistors who once opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

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