I was looking for good book recommendations for my kids when Randy (R.K. Mortenson) offered to send me one of his books in exchange for a review. I am so thankful I took him up on his offer because this book is a delightful read!
Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle is about a little boy named, you guessed it, Landon Snow. When his grandfather has a small accident, Landon begins to ask himself some big questions like 'Could life itself be an accident?' You see, Landon likes to have a reason for everything even if he has to make one up.
When Landon tries to fall asleep, he's surprised by a sudden chill in a room with closed windows and doors. He determines there must be a reason and gets up to investigate. He approaches an ancient Bible on his grandpa's desk and another chill breeze sweeps over him and flips the pages. Then another breeze circles the study and Landon sees a bookshelf gliding slowly and silently away from the wall. An open doorway leads to darkness and a thrilling adventure.
Landon must find the answer to the auctor's riddle: "Could it be chance, mere circumstance?" As he searches for the reasons and answers, he is swallowed by the "Book of Meanings", discovers the creatures called Odds, teams up with a talking horse called Melech and follows mysterious messages as he tries to find Vates, the one writing them.
Landon learns who is friends are, struggles against his enemies, and finds out the truth about Chance vs. Circumstance and most important of all, who the Auctor really is - a lesson he won't soon forget.
When I read the back cover, I knew I was in for a fun reading experience and I was not disappointed. This book has a whimsical plot, charming characters, and wonderful descriptions sure to capture the attention of both young and old.
If you want something to read to your kids that will hold their attention, infuse them with laughter and initiate some engaging conversations, grab a copy of this book. It's definitely become a favorite family book around here. In fact, we have just bought the second book in the series, and I can't wait to dive in.
Check out R.K. Mortenson's website for more information. The book is aimed at readers ages 9-12, but I think it has a wider range of appeal. In fact, I think I'll have my kids' guest blog their own reviews of this book and include their ages. Keep a look out for their comments coming soon.