[box] An unholy ritual, a ticking clock. Four children discover there are things that go bump in the night … Centuries ago a group of Elves committed an unholy ritual. But the ritual was a spectacular failure. It transformed the Elves into the Noctivagi – the beings we know as vampires. Striving to maintain a fragile peace, the ancient Elves and Dwarves negotiated an Accord, which they’ve renewed every year on the Summer Solstice. The ceremony depends on the magical Rune Stone, but it’s missing. If it is not found—and quickly—the consequences could be dire, and not just for Elves and Dwarves. Four children, Rob, Jack, Eleanor, and Flora, stumble into a world of magic and mayhem when they move into Black Ledge, the old estate on the Maine coast, and discover they aren’t the only ones who live there. [/box] The Keeper and the Rune Stone: Book 1 of The Black Ledge Series
Several things come to mind when thinking about this book. The first is pure joy. This is a book that you can read over and over and notice something new each time. It’s a wonderful read for those of you with kids, I promise they will jump right in bed if promised a chapter of The Keeper and The Rune Stone each night. Your teenagers will willingly put down the remote to whatever game they have and pick this up instead. Since it is only $3.00 for the kindle version here (shameless plug, I know. But you NEED this book in your life) you won’t feel even the tightest pinch in your wallet for a book the entire family will love.
The story starts with Eleanor talking about their new home. She and her two brothers and sister aren’t happy about this particular house and didn’t really understand why their parents bought it. Until they saw it on move-in day that is. Quickly falling in love with their new home, the four siblings decided to start exploring. It’s been a pretty ordinary story up until now but then Jack finds a hidden opening to a cave and the adventure starts.
My absolute favorite character in this book was Gunnr. My heart went out to him and I wanted to hug him and tell him everything would eventually be wonderful. Honestly, my only drawback in the entire story was not knowing more of his background. I loved the gifts that being aware brought the children and would have given my left hand to have those abilities when I was younger. Present days I’m pretty sure I would keep that hand, it’s rather useful for things like turning pages or holding my kindle while I eat.
Ms. Pendleton managed to bring an entire new world to print with the reading of her book. Children, both young and old, will delight in reading her work of art. Speaking of work of art, her friend Thomas Block created an amazing map of Camden, Maine where the story (mostly) takes place. Isn’t it beautiful?
You can learn about Thomas on Paige Pendleton’s website, Gustatus Similis Pullus. Stop by and say hello while you are at it!
As an added treat for all of you, Ashley and I have come up with a list of questions for all of our authors in the Adopt An Author event. The questions have been broken up into sections and will be making appearances in upcoming posts about our authors. The first segment features questions about the characters and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!
Which character’s behavior is most like your own?
I’d really like to say Flora, and I was when I was her age, but Jack. I guess. Jack and I snort a lot.
If one of the characters in The Keeper and the Rune Stone had a password for something, what would it be?
Ralph – Cellar
Camedon – Harmony
If your main character walked into Starbucks, what would they order?
Eleanor would order a Bistro Box to stuff in Ginger’s saddlebags for later, to shut Jack up when he whines about being hungry.
Which character in The Keeper and the Rune Stone would you most like to meet in person?
Truthfully, the horses, but I should say Ralph, as I need some things done around here.
If a character in The Keeper and the Rune Stone had access to social media, what would they tweet/post?
Gunnr: Eleanor has to face forward when we fly. She gets motion sick, and then she’s cranky.
I’m incredibly excited that Paige chose Gunnr for that last question (I might have begged just a bit)!
I’m also excited to tell you that all this week we’ll be featuring more Q&A from all three authors! You can learn more about the Adopt An Author event here as well as learn how to follow Paige Pendleton, Georgia Twynham, and Aimee Busch to get updates from their personal facebook and twitter pages. Make sure to follow us for more content featuring the books we have come to love.