March 20 marks the spring equinox, and that means tonight is a special night. As fans of Brandon Mull’s Dragonwatch series know, this is one of the four nights of the year (called festival nights) that magical creatures are free to roam. They wreak havoc, revel in chaos, and drive humans into hiding. Festival nights can be stressful for the characters of the Dragonwatch series, but we think readers will find these nights of danger and adventure thrilling. To add to the excitement, we have the exclusive cover reveal for Master of the Phantom Isle, the third book in the Dragonwatch series!
Are you ready to take a look?
Sorry we’re dragon it on.
Here we go!
Three cheers for the incredible team behind this design! The cover illustration is by Brandon Dorman, the art direction came from Richard Erickson, and the cover design is by Sheryl Dickert Smith.
We’re loving the fearless mermaid preparing to take on the dragon, and we’re only a little intimidated by those rows of sharp teeth! We’d take Jaws any day over facing this beast in the middle of the ocean.
Are you hooked and dying for more? Here’s the official synopsis from Shadow Mountain:
In the third book in the Dragonwatch series, Kendra leaves the timberland dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost and travels to the other side of the world to a new and aquatic dragon preserve that teeters on the brink of being overthrown in the on-going global dragon uprising.
The dragons have formally declared war on anyone who stands in their way of freedom and unrestrained power. With every dragon sanctuary that falls, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to his goal of world domination. No single mortal or creature can stop Celebrant. Kendra will need to raise an army of friends and allies to accomplish her mission to thwart Celebrant because her brother Seth and her closest ally, Bracken, are missing.
Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth’s memories of his past—his relationships, experiences, and who he really is—are gone. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the Dark Unicorn, who brings him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Underworld. Though not formally a prisoner, Seth is heavily influenced by Ronodin, who wants to use him and his special Shadow Charmer powers for his own dark ends.
Seth and Kendra have braved the Fairy Queen, battled the Demon King, and survived the Dragon King during the dragon uprising. Now alone, Seth will face a new dark foe: the Underking—the ruler of the “undead”: the zombies, skeletons, and restless wraiths who tirelessly serve their dark master. He will find himself in bondage to the Underking and obligated to complete nefarious tasks for him.
Also on the Phantom Isle, but imprisoned, is Bracken, who claims to be a unicorn, the son of the Fairy Queen, and a former friend of Seth. Bracken and Kendra try to remind Seth about his past, but, unable to access his memories, he isn’t sure who to believe. For now, he will use his newly discovered magical abilities, which could be a game changer in helping Ronodin create chaos.
In this new fantasy adventure, Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle, readers travel to a ghost island, a mermaid city, and a dangerous archipelago as they meet new fantastical characters and get reintroduced to old friends from Fablehaven. As power shifts back and forth from the forces of light and dark, who will gain the ultimate advantage to win the epic dragon war?
You’ll have to wait until October 1 to read the book, but you can preorder now.
Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker. For a couple of years, he lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, where he learned Spanish and juggling. He currently lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and dog named Buffy. Brandon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series.
Illustrator Brandon Dorman grew up near Tacoma, WA and is the dad of three smiley boys and one frilly girl. He began his art career in the 4th grade doing Halloween window paintings for his neighbors. Since then, he hasn’t stopped drawing dragons and painting pirates. Brandon graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2005 with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligans: The Alien That Ate My Socks, is Brandon’s first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.