Monday, July 22, 2013

The Keeper and the Rune Stone - book review #spon

Disclaimer - I was provided a review copy from the Promotional Book Tours to facilitate my reviews. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

The Keeper and the Rune Stone by Paige W. Pendleton

The Black Ledge Series
The secrets of the Red Paint People have haunted Maine for 7000 years. From the vast fjords of Norway to the shores of New England, ancient standing stones mark a trail of betrayal, greed, and murder...

The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Book One
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.

Buy The Keeper and the Rune Stone on Kindle

By The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice, Book 2 on Kindle 

My Review:

This is a magical story sure to capture the attention of any YA reader. Who wouldn't want to get lost in a  story filled with dwarves, elves and vampires, with a mystery to be solved. The first book in Paige W. Pendleton's The Black Ledge Series introduces the reader to the 4 Driscoll children who move into Black Ledge in Camden, Maine. A dream home, there is more to the fancy manor and grounds than meets the eye. The siblings stumble upon the secrets of The Realm and their adventure begins.

I would have loved to dive right into this series as a child. I think it would appeal to upper elementary aged student because of the magical creatures and talking animals in the story. The main characters are written well and have a great sibling dynamic. All are strong characters on their own with varying strengths and interests. With all the current interest in children's fantasy, I am sure this series will develop it's own loyal reader following quickly.

I highly recommend this book for all ages. Yes, I enjoyed it myself and plan to share it with the young readers in my life. I can't wait to begin the next book Paige W. Pendleton crafts for this series. I look forward to stepping back into the fantastic world she has created.

About the Author

The secrets of the Red Paint People have haunted Maine for 7000 years. Paige W. Pendleton is busy writing those tales.

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