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.
*Note I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The Keeper and the Rune Stone was a quick read that I really enjoyed. The first thing I loved about it was the map at the beginning of the book. I just love maps, they make it easier for me to visualize where the story takes place. The first few chapters were rather slow, because you got to get acquainted with the world the four kids stumbled into just like the kids. But after that the story swept me away and I was intrigued by the world Rob, Eleanor, Jack and Flora discovered. And like all the characters I wanted to know what happened with the Rune Stone. I liked the author’s view on how the Noctivagi (aka vampires) came to exist. The book had some very refreshing ideas about the mythical characters.
All characters were easy to love: Rob the smart one and Jack the playful one. Flora was a cute little kid. And Eleanor seemed much wiser than she actually was and I kept forgetting her age. Camedon, the keeper, was a funny old man (if this man was your grandparent you would be very happy). And then there was Gunnr. He’s a night elf and I liked him form the very first moment I met him in the book. So I hope to see more of him in the next one.
I loved reading this book and I’m definitely going to read the next one to see on which adventure the characters will go this time.
Author: Paige W. Pendleton
Pulbishing date: October 31st 2012
- The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice (The Black Ledge Series, #2)