28 August 2013

Review: The Keeper and the Rune Stone by Paige W. Pendleton

The Black Ledge Series #1

What the say: 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.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: In The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Paige W. Pendleton has created a sweet and adventure filled story which kids everywhere will enjoy.

The story reminded me of a cross between Five Children and It, The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Wishing Chair but more focused on vampire-elfish creatures and magic. The story is about the Driscoll children's move into a fancy new house called Black Ledge. At Black Ledge and the Realm they meet mysterious creatures and get their own sense of magic. Told from the POV of Eleanor, the kids meet Camedon the Keeper (most defo not fae) and Ralph the Goblin, amongst others.

I personally felt a huge sense of nostalgia whilst reading Pendleton's story, because it reminded me of a childhood spent looking for magical creatures, hidden lands and fighting the bad guys and always winning!

The Keeper and the Rune Stone is the first in the series (check back soon for my review of book #2) and it has a definite hook which keeps readers entertained. It's probably best suited to (what us Brits call) Junior School or the younger high school aged kids, and I think my younger cousins will love the series.
Pendleton has created a good, clean, fun children's story featuring all things fantastical and includes a good old moral lesson; that of good v's evil.

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "Crabmatic. Not much of a fighter - he's too busy studying everything around him. Get it? Pragmatic?"
  • "Human Beings are not the only intelligent life in the world." He smiled. "They just think they are."


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