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     Sorenson Family 

Kendra Sorenson

One of the Main Characters of the series. In the first book she is 13 and is 15 by the end of Keys to the Demon Prison.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: DO NOT hurt her family or friends. Just ask the Demon King.
  • Book Worm: She loves to read.
  • Break the Cutie: After the events of Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary.
  • Brainy Brunette: The new covers depict her as having brown hair and she loves to read.
  • Character Development: Goes from a shy, and rather withdrawn teenage girl to a heroic, demon slayer with unlimited power potential.
  • Friendless Background: Is stated to have had this in school in Rise of the Evening Star, although at the beginning of the same book we see that she is now close friends with a group of girls at school.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The last fairykind was millennia ago and the only people still around who know her powers are on the side of the villains. Patton Burgess, who was fairystruck, helps her a bit, but she's stuck figuring things out on her own for the most part.
  • Interspecies Romance: Kendra and Bracken in the fifth book. Also with Gavin, but she doesn't find that out until later.
  • I Will Find You: The first half of the fifth book has Kendra and her family working tirelessly to find her parents, and later Seth.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Lena, Vanessa, Warren, Coulter and Tanu especially.
  • Nice Girl: She's gentle, sweet, and makes friends easily.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Seth, being the calm, friendly, rational one to his emotional and reckless personality. Becomes literal when they gain powers.
  • The Talk: Coulter tries to have it after he thinks Kendra had an emotional reaction over a zit. Kendra does not want to.
  • Touched by Vorlons: She gains fairykind powers in book 1.

Seth Sorenson

The second of the two main protagonists. Is 11 at the beginning of the series and about 13 as of Keys to the Demon Prison.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Amnesiac Hero: In Wrath of the Dragon King, he loses his memory as a result of the Stormguard Castle's "game" and is left without any knowledge of his identity. Ronodin takes advantage of it and kidnaps him, intending to remake him into an apprentice.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Kendra. Even after he develops, he still likes playing the role.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Twice in the first book. The first time it was some weird sort of walrus-like creature. The second time it was a tiny old man that could fit in a jar.
  • Character Development: Went from being a rash, Genre Blind Leeroy Jenkins to being able to understand the difference between a careless risk and a calculated risk and was able to use a calculated risk to save his family and friends and perform several epic feats.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Played completely straight. Despite becoming a shadow charmer in Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary he is definitely one of the good guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the biggest one of the series.
    If you're reading this, you can read.
  • Determinator: The good side to his recklessness is that Seth will throw himself at any problem without hesitation.
  • Genre Blind: Oh, so much. It takes him about three books to learn that running around a forest filled with magical, potentially dangerous creatures with nothing but an emergency kit is a bad idea.
    • About five minutes after learning the the woods are stocked with dangerous creatures that CAN and WILL kill him, he decides to go off exploring the woods without any sort of backup other than a mirror and some small fireworks (which he truly believes he will be able to use to convince powerful magical creatures he is a wizard). If Kendra hadn't stopped him, he would almost certainly have died. But wait, it gets worse! After having an up close and personal experience with magic and gaining a personal knowledge of what it can do and after having been warned several times by experienced elders of what the dangers are of not being protected and of what to expect during Midsummer's Night, he still decides to go look out the window and open it.
    • Seth, the plaque said "DO NOT FEED THE FROG". There wasn't really room for interpretation. It was even in all caps. You know magic exists. Did you really think nothing bad was going to happen?
  • It's All My Fault: His actions in the fifth book lead up to this, since he was the one that cured Graulus.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Warren, Tanu, Coulter and Trask, and with the fauns Newell and Doren, who are Really 700 Years Old.
  • I See Dead People: They're not dead, but he's the only one who can see the people infected by the shadow plague in book 3. By book 4, he can communicate with actual zombies and wraiths.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • Seth is clearly enjoying himself while Kendra and Coulter banter back-and-forth during their first lesson with him.
    • He does it again during the spat between Vanessa and Bracken in the 5th book when he asks if Vanessa likes Warren. This does absolutely nothing to help the awkwardness of a already tense situation.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kendra.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His bite starts leveling up to his bark around book 3, and keeps going after that, especially after he's made a shadow charmer.

Stan Sorenson

The caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve and the Grandfather of Kendra and Seth.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through this in Grip of the Shadow Plague when he thinks Coulter is dead.
  • Retired Badass: A retired Knight of the Dawn, the retired part disappears when he comes out of retirement to lead the Knights.

Ruth Sorenson

Wife of Stan and Grandmother of Kendra and Seth.

  • Baleful Polymorph: Spends the better part of the first book as a chicken.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Will kill you if you threaten them.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: spends most of the first book as a chicken, only returning towards the end. This disappears in later installments, as she is there from the start.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Arguably more badass than her husband, a retired Knight of the Dawn.
  • Weapon of Choice: Favors a hand crossbow.

     Main Allies 

Lena Burgess

  • Category Traitor: The other magical creatures see her as one for giving up her magic, getting angry when she sings a naiad song. This culminates in them forcibly turning her back into one and the Naiads more or less imprisoning her to try and make her back into a Naiad mentally.
  • Hero of Another Story: If her story to Kendra is anything to go by, her marriage with Patton was only half of it!
  • Interspecies Romance: She is a former Naiad and was married to Patton Burgess.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Patton. She notes that their marriage was sometimes rocky, but later in life they grew into a happy couple.
  • Mind Rape: Kendra accuses the other Naiads of doing this to her to make her stay in the pond with them. It is not stated if this is true, though when Lena gets out, she makes no mention of it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: She notes that as a Naiad she didn't realize the passage of time, but now that she's human her long life occasionally weighs on her, especially since she ultimately outlived the husband she left the water for.

Dale Burgess

  • Out of Focus: Dale is not a Knight like the other characters, so he doesn’t go on any adventures. This is very prominent in the 5th book where he is completely absent from the climax with no real reason as to his absence.
  • Taken for Granite: In the first book. He gets better.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his brother, Warren. Ever since he went catatonic under mysterious circumstances, he's been taking care of him and keeping him safe.

Vanessa Santoro

  • And I Must Scream: Is sealed in the Quiet Box at the end of Rise of the Evening Star.
  • Easily Forgiven: Completely averted. Her former friends and allies have no problem locking her up after she betrays them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She and Bracken love sniping at each other.
  • Fantastic Racism: She implies that blixes have faced prejudice for who they are, though, as Bracken points out, it’s not unwarranted.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is a few year older than Kendra, who she becomes friends with, before she betrays her. It’s implied in later books that she wants to reconcile.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She is a narcoblix, which means she has the power to control people in their sleep after shes bitten them.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's the only dissenting vote on making the Sphinx an Eternal, claiming that he's too dangerous to be kept alive. Sure enough, by book two of Dragonwatch we learn that he made Mendigo a Manchurian Agent and is working with Ronodin.
  • Walking Spoiler: Yeah, don’t click on any of the covered parts of this page unless you’ve read Rise of the Evening Star.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Had absolutely no qualms or regrets about sending Seth off to be eaten by Olloch. Later, she coldly considers forcing Kendra, whom she had previously become friends with, to attempt a mission that had resulted in a Fate Worse than Death for anyone who had tried it.

Tanugota Dufu

  • Alchemy Is Magic: He's one of the best potioneers in the world.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: In books 2 and 3. He gets better both times.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is one of the nicest characters of the whole series. When an ally is possessed by a narcoblix in book 5, he has no qualms about torturing the narcoblix to get him to leave.
  • The Big Guy: He often uses a potion to increase his size, and even normally he's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kendra and Seth.
  • Nice Guy: He's friendly and easy to get along with.

Coulter Dixon

  • Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest non-immortal in the main cast, and a skilled purveyor of magical artifacts.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kendra and Seth, although it's a bit more tense with Kendra.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's described as old-fashioned in regards to women, and while his long life has taught him the hard way not to correct a grown woman, he's a bit sexist towards Kendra.

Warren Burgess

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is one of the nicest, friendliest characters in the whole series. Will hurt you if you threaten his family.
  • Determinator: He does not stop for anything. Best demonstrated in the fight with the cat in Rise of the Evening Star, where he fights through a spear wound, clawing, poison bites, and acid, only stopping when he's physically unable to move due to breaking every bone in his body.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Spends all of Book 2 in a catatonic state, until he recovers right in time for the climax.

Patton Burgess

  • Crazy-Prepared: He prepared for everything and has hundreds of backup plans. Helps when you have a time machine.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: More of a downplayed example, but it’s clear from the way he tales the story that what happened to his aunt and uncle haunts him deeply.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Doesn’t make a physical appearance until the Darkest Hour of Book 3.
  • Hero of Another Story: His exploits are legendary and he found quite a few artifacts himself.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Lena, a Naiad. It took him a long time to woo her, but when he did, it was for life.
  • Posthumous Character: Has been dead for several decades by the time the series starts, but still manages to affect the plot due to his past exploits and the Chronometer.
  • Walking Spoiler: His arrival is a huge spoiler for Book 3.

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