Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is an American author best known for his children's fantasy series, Fablehaven, as well as Dragonwatch, The Candy Shop War, the Beyonders trilogy, and the Five Kingdoms series.[2][3] He also began the Spirit Animals series.

Brandon Mull
Head shot of Brandon Mull
Mull at Mountain-Con in 2008
Born (1974-11-08) November 8, 1974 (age 46)[1]
Utah, United States
OccupationWriter
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
Alma materBrigham Young University
Period2006 – current
GenreYoung adult fiction, fantasy
Notable worksFablehaven series, the Dragonwatch series, the Beyonders series, the Candy Shop War series, and the Five Kingdoms series
Website
brandonmull.com

He was inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling.[4]

Education and early workEdit

Brandon Mull went to Mt. Diablo Elementary School in Clayton, California, United States. Mull then attended Pine Hollow Middle School as a student, and then attended Clayton Valley. He currently lives in Alpine, Utah and is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Utah.[5] While at BYU Mull led the sketch comedy group Divine Comedy.[6] Mull served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile.

As a child, Mull was known for a strong imagination. He would sometimes spend hours in his bedroom, without toys just imagining and acting out stories that were in his head. In school, his constant day dreaming sometimes irritated teachers while others encouraged his imagination.[7]

CareerEdit

Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker.[8]

Mull's first attempt at publishing a novel failed and was never published. The failure led him to a job working as a marketer for the film Saints and Soldiers. It wasn't until after the film company he worked for was acquired by a publishing company that Mull successfully published his first novel, Fablehaven.[9]

Fablehaven is currently optioned by Schaffer Studios.[10]

Published worksEdit

Fablehaven SeriesEdit

FablehavenEdit

Fablehaven is about siblings Seth and Kendra Sorenson who find out their grandfather and grandmother run Fablehaven, one of the last places mythical creatures can live in peace.

  • Fablehaven, Shadow Mountain, 14 June 2006, ISBN 978-1-59038-581-4
  • Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, Shadow Mountain, 1 May 2007, ISBN 978-1-59038-742-9
  • Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, Shadow Mountain, 12 April 2008, ISBN 978-1-59038-898-3
  • Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, Shadow Mountain, 24 March 2009, ISBN 978-1-60641-042-4
  • Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison, Shadow Mountain, 23 March 2010, ISBN 978-1-60641-238-1
  • The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven, Shadow Mountain, 13 October 2015, ISBN 978-1629720913

DragonwatchEdit

Dragonwatch is a sequel series to Fablehaven that will span 5 books. Books 1, 2, and 3 were released March 2017, October 2018,[11] and October 2019 respectively, book 4 was released October 2020; book 5 is still forthcoming. In the story the dragons will seek to escape the sanctuaries they've been placed in, seeing them as prisons. The only thing that can keep them under control is the order of the Dragonwatch, but most of the Dragonwatch members have died of old age. A wizard named Agad decides to seek out Grandpa Sorensen for help, and in the process Kendra and Seth. Kendra and Seth will have to unite forces to become dragon tamers and caretakers of Wyrmroost to keep the dragons from escaping.

BeyondersEdit

Beyonders is a series about a teenage boy named Jason who gets summoned as the last chance to save Lyrian, a doomed realm ruled by the wizard Maldor.

Five KingdomsEdit

Five Kingdoms is a series about a 12-year-old boy named Cole who was about to get enslaved by slave traders but at the last moment, he hides while his friends are being sucked away to another world called the Outskirts. Cole decides he should save them and ends up being enslaved as well. In the Outskirts, there are five kingdoms, each with a very different system of magic, that correspond roughly to the five books.

Candy Shop WarEdit

Candy Shop War follows Nate in a strange town full of magical candies and crazy arcades.

PingoEdit

  • Pingo, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Shadow Mountain, 5 August 2009, ISBN 978-1-60641-109-4
  • Pingo and the Playground Bully – Prequel to Pingo, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Shadow Mountain, 9 October 2012, ISBN 978-1-60907-178-3

Spirit AnimalsEdit

Brandon Mull spearheaded a multi-book series called Spirit Animals. Each book is written by a different author but based in the same fantasy world.

  • Mull has written one full book in the series: Wild Born (Book 1), and select stories in Special Edition: Tales of the Great Beasts (21 October 2014) and Special Edition: Tales of the Fallen Beasts (23 February 2016). Wild Born tells the story of four 11-year-old kids (Conor from Eura, Meilin from Zhong, Rollan from Amaya, and Abeke from Nilo) who summon the legendary Four Fallen (Briggan with Connor, Jhi with Meilin, Essix with Rollan, and Uraza with Abeke). The kids must work together to find the first talisman with the Greencloaks, leading to a heroic battle against the Ravens and the Conquerors. The first Special Edition covers the story of the four great beasts: Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon before they sacrifice themselves to protect the land and become the legendary Four Fallen Spirit Animals. The second special edition features the story of the betrayal of the great beast Gerathon.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Library of Congress Authority Record, n2006002424, "Mull, Brandon, 1989–" authorities.loc.gov
  2. ^ Hilliard, Juli Cragg (2007-02-05). Will the Next Harry Potter Be a Mormon?. Publishersweekly.com. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ Howard, Chris (2008-03-07) Interview With Brandon Mull Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine. Stuffasdreamsaremadeon.com. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  4. ^ Interview with Brandon Mull. Teens Read Too (2013-04-05). Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  5. ^ Cordova, Randy (2008-06-06) 'Fablehaven' author Brandon Mull. AZ Central. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  6. ^ Lefrandt, Diane (2011-08-01). Making No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Universe.byu.edu. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  7. ^ Stettler, Jeremiah (19 March 2009). "Fablehaven phenom: Utah fantasy writer lands daydream job". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Deseret News – Mull converted daydreaming into dream job
  9. ^ Stettler, Jeremiah (19 March 2009). "Fablehaven phenom: Utah fantasy writer lands daydream job". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  10. ^ [2] Utah Weekly Forum radio broadcast 26 June 2013
  11. ^ Brandon Mull's website (2018-10-21)
  12. ^ Tweet from Brandon Mull's Official Twitter (2014-04-14) [3]. Retrieved on 2014-04-24.

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