Today I am featuring something a little different: a guest post by my talented colleague Christa French! Christa and I met a hundred years ago when we worked at a store together. We watched a lot of instructional videos on wicker while we were there and learned the “right” way to fold up a rug. Since then, she has proven herself to be a wonderful writer and an amazing friend. And I’m sure she remembers the right way to fold up a rug, just like I do. Christa blogs here: http://christafrench.com/ Read her review below and then go show her some love.
Review: The Keeper and the Rune Stone by Paige Pendleton
The Keeper and the Rune Stone is a charming, family-centric novel that takes the sweet earnestness of The Boxcar Children and maps high fantasy elements onto it.
Eleanor Driscoll, our narrator, is a precocious, empathetic thirteen-year-old with two brothers and a younger sister. She begins her story with a reasonably awesome wish-fulfillment laundry list: the Driscoll family has moved into an enormous, beautiful mansion! And they get new computers! And bikes! And horses! Of course, they will have to do chores in order to maintain these last, because this is a family story.
More to the point, the children are quickly introduced to the world of magic. Their indoctrination comes with the enhancement of the senses, though not actual superpowers – except for the reasonably fabulous ability to speak with animals.
But, of course, magic always comes with a price. There are negative elements within the world of magic, and now the Driscoll children are exposed to them – and must fight on the side of the good.
This is the kind of light, middle-grade fiction that will be torn through by hands eager to find out what happens next in the world of Eleanor and her brothers and sister.
A note for parents: most of the novel is safely PG, but there are vampires (in this book they’re called noctivagi), and the bad-guy scenes are decently scary. It doesn’t get scarier than the prologue, though, so if you’ve gotten through that with no trouble, the rest is smooth sailing.
If you read and enjoy The Keeper and the Rune Stone, we would love to hear about it. Book 2 in the series, The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice, has recently been released.
This week, Christa is featuring a review of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta on her blog. Go. Read it.