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.[3][4] He also began the Spirit Animals series.

Brandon Mull
Mull at Mountain-Con in 2008
Born (1974-11-08) November 8, 1974[1]
Utah, United States
ResidenceHighland, Utah[2]
Alma materBrigham Young University
Period2006 – current
GenreYoung adult fiction, fantasy
Notable worksFablehaven series, the Beyonders series, and the Five Kingdoms series

He was inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling.[5]

Education and early work

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.[6] While at BYU Mull led the sketch comedy group Divine Comedy.[7] Mull served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker.[8]


Brandon Mull spearheaded a seven-book series called Spirit Animals. Each book is written by a different author, but he was given the charge to create the fantasy world where the characters will live, and all the books will be based. The first installment, written by Mull and titled Wild Born, was released in September 2013.[9]

Brandon Mull authored the Five Kingdoms series. The first book is titled Sky Raiders and was released March 11, 2014. The second installment, Rogue Knight, arrived November 18, 2014. The third, Crystal Keepers, arrived on March 17, 2015. The fourth, Death Weavers, was released on March 1, 2016. Of this series, Brandon Mull says, "It'll be for the kind of readers who liked Fablehaven. A Halloween spook alley turns out to be a front for slave traders taking kids into another world. It'll be cool, promise."[10]

On Mull's Facebook page he mentioned that he is planning a second Fablehaven series, but wouldn't get serious about it until some of his other projects are finished, like Spirit Animals, possibly not until 2015. Brandon announced at the launching of Spirit Animals that there is a very good plan for the Fablehaven sequel series to be published in 2016.[11]

Fablehaven is currently optioned by Schaffer Studios.[12]

Published works


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.

(ages 8–13)

  • 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


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.

(ages 8–13)


Dragonwatch is a sequel series to Fablehaven that will span 5 books. Book One was released in March 2017, and Book Two was released in October 2018[13]. 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.

(ages 8–14)

  • Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure, Shadow Mountain, 14 March 2017, ISBN 978-1-6297-2256-6
  • Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King, Shadow Mountain, 23 October 2018, ISBN 978-1-6297-2486-7
  • Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle, Shadow Mountain, 1 October 2019 ISBN 978-1-6297-2604-5

Five Kingdoms

Five Kingdoms is a series about an 11-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. It is revealed midway through the series that Five Kingdoms takes place in the same multiverse as Beyonders.

(ages 8–13)

  • Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders, Aladdin, 11 March 2014, ISBN 978-1-4424-9700-9
  • Five Kingdoms: Rogue Knight,[14] Aladdin, 18 November 2014, ISBN 978-1-4424-9703-0
  • Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers, Aladdin, 17 March 2015, ISBN 978-1-4424-9706-1
  • Five Kingdoms: Death Weavers, Aladdin, 15 March 2016, ISBN 978-1-4424-9709-2
  • Five Kingdoms: Time Jumpers, Aladdin, 13 March 2018, ISBN 978-1-4424-9712-2

Candy Shop War

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

(ages 8–13)


  • Pingo, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Shadow Mountain, 5 August 2009, ISBN 978-1-60641-109-4, for ages 4–8
  • Pingo and the Playground Bully – Prequel to Pingo, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Shadow Mountain, 9 October 2012, ISBN 978-1-60907-178-3

Spirit Animals

  • 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.


  1. Library of Congress Authority Record, n2006002424, "Mull, Brandon, 1989–"
  2. FantasticFiction: Brandon Mull Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. Hilliard, Juli Cragg (2007-02-05). Will the Next Harry Potter Be a Mormon?. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  4. Howard, Chris (2008-03-07) Interview With Brandon Mull Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  5. Interview with Brandon Mull. Teens Read Too (2013-04-05). Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  6. Cordova, Randy (2008-06-06) 'Fablehaven' author Brandon Mull. AZ Central. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  7. Lefrandt, Diane (2011-08-01). Making No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  8. Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Deseret News – Mull converted daydreaming into dream job
  9. Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Publisher Weekly – New Spirit Animals Book Series
  10. New Book Series - Five Kingdoms
  11. The Daily Universe - Fablehaven author launches new series
  12. Utah Weekly Forum radio broadcast 26 June 2013
  13. Brandon Mull's website (2018-10-21)
  14. Tweet from Brandon Mull's Official Twitter (2014-04-14) . Retrieved on 2014-04-24.
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