Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon-A Fall into Reading Review

Callapidder Days My fall reading list, which I posted as part of Callapidder Days’ Fall into Reading challenge, is as follows:
Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook).
Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead.
Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins (Zondervan).
The Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin.
Wish list:
DragonFire by Donita Paul (WaterBrook).
Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon by R. K. Mortenson (Barbour).
Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck (NavPress).
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J. K. Rowling.

So, yes, I actually got to read a book that was on my wish list. And I’ll probably get another one or two in these next couple weeks. I’m still waiting for a review copy of The Restorer’s Journey. I don’t think it will release in time for me to buy it before December 20 which is when the challenge ends, I think.

I did want to do a review of sorts of Randy Mortenson’s Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon.

Landon Snow and the Volucer DragonI have to say, this is by far my favorite Landon Snow book. Randy captured my interest from the beginning and held me the whole way through. The pages flew by. And what was especially intriguing to me was the fact that he began to weave in elements from his first book that had seemed random and disjointed—very Alice-and-Wonder-ish. in this fourth installment of the Landon Snow series, Randy skillfully brought threads together, some for the first time. And still there are questions, many, many questions left open at the end. This book reads less like a stand alone than the others.

The thing is, I already love the characters and am committed to rooting for them. I especially like Landon and his uncertain wisdom. But Bridget takes a more significant role in this book, and I found her more and more endearing.

Randy’s imagination continues to impress me, as does his ability to bring in spiritual truth as a natural part of the story.

Wonderfully, the final book, Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Kingdom, is also out, so anyone interested in buying the entire set for Christmas has that opportunity. The books are so nicely packaged. They really are the kind a reader would love to have on the bookshelf.

And just now, I discovered they are also out in paperback, which makes them appreciably affordable. I highly recommend this series. You’ll find it builds to a wonderful crescendo, with each book toping the one before it.

5 Comments

  1. For the first time ever, I feel ahead! I’ve read Dun Cow and Half Blood Prince. But I guess I’m not really ahead since I haven’t read any of the ones you’ve checked off. Sigh. I try. I won’t say anything about Cow/Prince, because far be it from me to spoil a hyped book! (Noooooo, no sarcasm there. Not a bit.) 😉

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  2. The Restorer’s Journey isn’t scheduled to release until Feburary 7, 2008 according to amazon.com.

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  3. Rebecca, I’m sure you’ve read tons of books I haven’t read. I’m just slow. I look at the lists from others who are doing the Fall Into Reading Challenge, and I think, how do they do it?! 😮 Thankfully it’s not a competition! 😉

    Christian Fantasy Addict (love that handle!), I wasn’t sure of the exact release date for The Restorer’s Journey. Amazon isn’t always reliable, but in this case I think they probably are. I was counting on receiving an Advance Readers Copy from the publisher. I’m on their review list, though I thought I made it abundantly clear I do not have a review site and am only interested in reviewing fantasy. Still, I got three more books from them this past week. Just not The Restorer’s Journey. 😦

    Becky

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  4. […] (The Virgin Suicides)49. Sam Houston (Shalimar the Clown)50. Mary Grace (Splitting Harriet)51. Rebecca (Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon)52. BookGal (Book of the Dead)53. Petunia (Ethan Frome)54. Lars Walker (Viking Warrior)55. Jennifer […]

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  5. […] I’ve described this book, first in the Codebearer Series, as “tweener” fantasy, and some explanation may be necessary. First, the art work on the cover you see pictured and in drawings at the beginnings of chapters and occasionally throughout the story, are of the young and fun variety, reminiscent of middle grade novels such as R. K. Mortenson’s Landon Snow series (see my reviews of two of the five books here and here). […]

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