much as children crave fantasy and adventure, Christian parents
long for books that offer their youngsters solid biblical wisdom
and instruction. These two differing perspectives collide fantastically
in R. K. Mortenson’s Landon Snow series published
by Barbour Books.
In the vein of C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia,
the Landon Snow series is a delightful melding of beautifully
descriptive whimsy, fantasy, and adventure with grounded, solid,
In R.K. Mortenson’s enchanting debut novel, Landon
Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle, 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.
Landon’s birthday trip to his grandparents’ house
suddenly takes an unexpected turn, and, he begins to wonder if
everything that happens in life is just one big accident.
Unable to go sleep one night, 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 Wonderwood
-- 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
that 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 R. K. Mortenson’s exhilarating sequel, Landon Snow
and the Shadows of Malus Quidam (to be published in March
2006), Landon revisits this magical kingdom, but discovers immediately
that a war is raging between the powers of light and the shadows
of the wicked Malus Quidam. Landon watches in horror as his younger
sister Holly succumbs to the lure of devious Ludo, the leader
of the Odds and a puppet of Malus Quidam. With the help of his
old friends, Landon learns what he needs to do to set his sister
free, but must summon the courage to follow the Auctor’s
mysterious plan and free the Odds from Malus Quidam’s evil
Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam promises
to equal both the suspense and the substance of Mortenson’s
first offering. With his original and charming allegories, the
author delicately leads children to the symbolic truths discovered
by Landon himself, “The Auctor creates life and gives light
to live by. Malus Quidam seeks to destroy life and cover everything
with the darkness of death.”
The Christian-themed Landon Snow series is aimed at
8- to 12-year-olds and is rapidly capturing the attention of entire
families across the country. Since its release in October, Landon
Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle has been in the top ten
in sales for the Juvenile Fiction category in the CBA market.
R. K. (Randall Kent) Mortenson, an ordained minister in the Church
of the Lutheran Brethren, has been writing devotional and inspirational
articles since 1995. Mortenson currently serves as a Navy chaplain
in Florida. He lives with his wife and daughter in Jacksonville.
For more information about the Landon Snow series visit
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