Brandon Mull

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Brandon Mull
Head shot of Brandon Mull
Mull at Mountain-Con in 2008
Born (1974-11-08) November 8, 1974 (age 41)[1]
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Education Brigham Young University
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Period 2006 – current
Genre Young adult fiction, fantasy
Notable works Fablehaven series, and the Beyonders series
Children 5

Brandon Mull (born November 8, 1974)[1] is an American writer who is best known as the author of the Fablehaven fantasy series, which is a New York Times bestseller. Mull has also written The Candy Shop War and the Beyonders Trilogy, as well as numerous other popular young adult novels.[2] Because many young readers are interested in his books, Brandon crosses the country talking to students, with the message that "imagination can take you places."[3] In an interview, Brandon Mull said

"I've been trying to pull off a writing career, dreaming of it since high school and trying sincerely since college, which has been quite a few years already, so."

The greatest inspiration for his stories are J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling.[4]

Education and early work[edit]

Brandon Mull went to Mt. Diablo Elementary School in Clayton, California. Mull then attended Pine Hollow Middle School as a student, and then attended Clayton Valley. He currently lives in Alpine, Utah and graduated from BYU (Brigham Young University) in Utah.[5] While at BYU Mull lead the sketch comedy group Divine Comedy (BYU).[6] 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.[7]


Brandon Mull is also spearheading a seven-book series called "Spirit Animals." Each book will be 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 Brandon, is called "Wild Born" and was released in September 2013.[8]

Another series Brandon Mull has authored is called "Five Kingdoms." The first book is subtitled Sky Raiders and was released March 11, 2014. The second installment, "Rogue Knight", arrived November 18, 2014. The third, "Crystal Keepers", also arrived on March 17, 2015. The fourth, "Death Weavers", was recently 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."[9]

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.[10]

Fablehaven is currently optioned by Schaffer Studios. The movie is in the beginning/planning phase as described in a radio interview Brandon Mull did with Clark Schaffer in June 2013.[11]

Published works[edit]


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)


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)


(ages 8–14)

  • Sequel series to Fablehaven that will spread for 5 books. Book One coming Spring 2017.
  • According to hints given by Mull, it follows the same storyline as Fablehaven, although it is focused more on Wyrmroost, the dragon sanctuary.

Five Kingdoms[edit]

Five Kingdoms is a series about an 11-year-old boy named Cole who gets stolen by slave traders and gets sucked away to another world called the Outskirts.

(ages 8–13)

Candy Shop War[edit]

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[edit]

  • Mull has written two of the seven books in the series: Wild Born (Book 1) and the story Special Edition: Tales of the Great Beasts (21 October 2014). 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 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.


  • In Candy Shop War, Nate and his friends' school is Mt. Diablo Elementary School, which is Brandon Mull's school.
  • Five Kingdoms contains several references to Beyonders, such as torivors (Nazeem and Trillian in Five Kingdoms), terrifying beings that work for Maldor (the antagonist in Beyonders). Also, the characters Drake and Ferrin from the Beyonders series appear in the fourth book of the Five Kingdoms series.


  1. ^ a b Library of Congress Authority Record, n2006002424, "Mull, Brandon, 1989–"
  2. ^ Hilliard, Juli Cragg (2007-02-05). Will the Next Harry Potter Be a Mormon?. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ Howard, Chris (2008-03-07) Interview With Brandon Mull. 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. Retrieved on 2013-05-05.
  7. ^ [1] Deseret News – Mull converted daydreaming into dream job
  8. ^ [2] Publisher Weekly – New Spirit Animals Book Series
  9. ^ [3] New Book Series - Five Kingdoms
  10. ^ [4] The Daily Universe - Fablehaven author launches new series
  11. ^ [5] Utah Weekly Forum radio broadcast 26 June 2013
  12. ^ Tweet from Brandon Mull's Official Twitter (2014-04-14) [6]. Retrieved on 2014-04-24.

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