Adventure and Legends
In LANDON SNOW AND THE AUCTOR'S RIDDLE, a young boy stumbles upon a secret passageway behind his grandparents' bookcase that leads to an unforgettable journey to a land of amazing creatures, heart-stopping action and a beautiful, talking black horse.
DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX --- Jolted awake by a commotion outside, 11-year-old Landon Snow struggled to focus his cloudy, half-asleep mind on the source of the trouble. "Your grandfather has had an accident," his mother said. "Don't worry, he will be fine."
His birthday trip to his grandparents' house had suddenly taken an unexpected turn, and, as Landon returned to his sleeping bag on the couch, he began to wonder if everything that happened in life was just one big accident. He couldn't help but question, "How could there be accidents if God was in charge? Why would God allow them to happen?"
In R. K. Mortenson's enchanting debut novel, LANDON SNOW AND THE AUCTOR'S RIDDLE (Barbour Publishing 2005), young Landon, an inquisitive boy who wants to know the reason for everything, is about to fall headfirst into an unbelievable adventure he will never forget.
Unable to go back to sleep, Landon stumbles upon a secret passageway in his grandparents' home that leads to the town's library. It is there that Landon reads the first part of a strange riddle and climbs the giant BOOK OF MEANINGS. In a twist of fate, he tumbles end over end, through time and space, through the pages of the immense book, eventually landing in an amazing, incredible place inhabited by gnome-like creatures called "Odds." In his search for the riddle's answer, Landon teams with a beautiful black horse he names Melech, and together they search for the source of the strange messages Landon receives.
R. K. Mortenson's LANDON SNOW AND THE AUCTOR'S RIDDLE is a fast-paced adventure that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. With each turn of the page, they will want to know, "Will he find the answers he needs? Will he ever be able to get back home to his family? Where is God?"
In the vein of C.S. Lewis' beloved CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, LANDON SNOW AND THE AUCTOR'S RIDDLE is a delightful melding of beautifully descriptive whimsy, fantasy and adventure and grounded, solid biblical wisdom. It is the first book in R. K. Mortenson's Christian-themed series aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds.
R. K. Mortenson, who is a United States Navy chaplain, is currently at work on the sequel, LANDON SNOW AND THE SHADOWS OF MALUS QUIDAM, due to be released in March 2006.
© Copyright 2011 by R. K. Mortenson. Reprinted with permission by Barbour Publishing. All rights reserved.