This week’s blog tour features a book–and a series–that I have come to love. About a year ago I was privileged to blog about Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle. Unfortunately I missed book 2 of this terrific series for children Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam. This week I’m happy to talk about the third book in what is currently projected to be a five-book series, Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum.
The idea for this series started late one night, when flute music woke author R. K. Mortenson from his 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 the night. And thus, Landon Snow was born.
Whenever Landon’s family visits his grandparents’ home in Button Up, Minnesota, Landon loves to visit the historical library across the street. And I can assure you that engaging young hero will help young readers (and older ones) to find a lot of enjoyment in books, as well.
In Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum, I find that R. K. Mortenson‘s style is a wild conglomeration of Lewis Carroll (think Alice in Wonderland) and C. S. Lewis (think Voyage of the Dawntreader. (As far as I know, there is no *Lewis* in R. K. Mortenson‘s name!) Does that make these stories a rip-off of the classics? Not in the slightest.
Please consider purchasing Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum if you have a young reader on your Christmas list. Please consider purchasing all three books published to date! And if you don’t have a young reader around, just pretend. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the series as much as I have!
Check out what other bloggers have to say about this book:
Kameron M. Franklin
Todd Michael Greene
Karen and at Karen’s myspace
Lost Genre Guild
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Daniel I. Weaver
P.S. I see that a full three-book set will be given away over at Mirathon. Pop on over and comment on Mirtika’s post to be entered!
Very nice post, Valerie. I didn’t realize what first gave Randy the idea to write Landon Snow. I realized too late that I hadn’t set up an interview with him. I guess there’s always next time. LOL
Valerie Comer says
Heh. That was in the press release that came with the book (from the PR folks)!