Thursday, November 30, 2006

Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum

I had the privilege of reading Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum this past week. How FUN! I enjoyed the story very much. I have to tell you, my son, (10) loves this series. His older sister is a voracious reader with several dozen books and many series fiction sets in her collection. James was so excited to receive a book about a boy near his age, and to start a 'collection' of his own fiction. He devoured the first one and waited eagerly for the second. I know he'll gobble up this third book in the series as quickly as he did the first two.

Things I liked about this book:
1. This may sound silly, but I love the cover art and the 'feel' of this book. It really feels like something you'd find in the Button Up, Minnesota Library.

2. In this third volume, Landon is accompanied by his sisters Holly and Bridget. While they do disagree and speak to each other like siblings, there is none of the sarcasm and hurtfulness so often portrayed in Children's Fiction today among siblings. It feels real, and I know my son will not come away from reading it with a flippant, 'sticking-out-your-tongue' attitude.

3. The fantasy world held together really well. Great description, a 'what will happen next' feeling shared by both the reader and Landon makes you want to keep turning the pages.

Things I didn't like about this book:
Actually, I could only thing of one thing that was rather bothersome. The print color. While it is in keeping with the look of the overall book, my soon to be middle aged eyes had a hard time focusing on the tan/pinkish words. My son has never complained of this, and I don't think it in any way reflects on the story, but it did trouble me late at night, which is when I usually have time to read.

I'd rate this book very high and encourage you to jump into the world of Landon Snow as soon as possible.

The BOOK:In the latest adventure of Landon Snow And the Island of Arcanum, Landon, once again visits his grandparents in Button Up, Minnesota. If your familiar with the first two books, Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle, and Landon Snow and The Shadows of Malus Quidam, you'll know that Landon's adventures always start at the Library in Button Up.This time, Landon's most dangerous journey yet, begins in a rowboat-shaped tombstone that floats. And it's lucky for him that it floats because a few drips from the library ceiling turns into a powerful waterfall.The stone turns into wood. The stone book propped up in the prow of the boat turns to paper. The left page says "ANCHOR". The right page says "AWEIGH"."Anchor aweigh?" said Landon.Holly whispered, "Did you hear that?"No one has time to respond, however. The next instant saw the water before them dropping away as the water behind them grew into a giant swell, pitching them headlong into the abyss.Landon will have to protect his two younger sisters, Holly and Bridget, who wind up in the boat with him headed towards The Island of Arcanum. On the Island, the animals of Wonderwood are imprisoned and the evil shadows of Landon's nemesis, Malus Quidam lurk!With the help of some old friends, a horse named Melech, an odd fellow named Hardy, a girl named Ditty, and the poet/prophet Vates--Landon seeks to unlock the island's dark secrets and escape with the animals intact.But first, he must navigate his way through uncharted waters and battle the villainous Archans...Can Landon and his friends rescue the animals from deep within the island's stronghold?

About the AUTHOR:
R.K.Mortenson is an ordained minister with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. He has been writing devotional and inspirational articles since 1995. He currently serves as a navy chaplain in Florida and lives with his wife, daughter and son in Jacksonville.

Randy got the idea for this series one late night, when flute music woke him from a sound sleep. As he stood at his window, trying to locate the source of the sound, he spied a library across the lawn. Suddenly, he envisioned an eleven-year-old sneaking out of his bed and stealing to the library in the dead of night...And thus Landon Snow was born.

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