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Landon Snow and the Auctor's Kingdom

by R.K. Mortenson
Series: Landon Snow #5
224 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Kristi

A somewhat scattered conclusion to an interesting series.

Plot

Landon Snow and his sisters return to Wonderwood one last time to free the people of Wonderwood from the Volucer Dragon and his evil army. Will Landon find the strength and faith he needs to lead the people to safety in the Auctor's Kingdom?

Morality

All of the characters behave with moral consistency. Landon struggles with hate and forgiving people, but these are dealt with during the story.

Spiritual Content

Continuing in the style of the rest of the series, the author depicts God and Satan through symbols throughout the book. A couple of curious plot elements seem theologically incorrect. A prophecy tells that someone will determine whether the Dragon or the Rose of Shay Run (a symbol of Christ) will continue to live in that world. As God cannot die, and the Rose seems to be a symbol of the already resurrected Christ, this confused me. Landon's sister Holly names her horse Ghost (a pun on Holy Ghost?). Landon sees visions throughout the story.

Violence

A character gives sacrificially so others may live. The evil Arcans, who in Book Three dissolved into piles of sand when defeated, now bleed black, acidic blood. One of Landon's visions depicts a rose with bleeding petals. The characters battle Arcans and the Dragon. One character commits arson.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

Landon and Ditty are clearly fond of each other. Some hugging.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

One character is nicknamed after gas by a rude boy.

Conclusion

I was slightly disappointed in this final installment of the Landon Snow series. Too many loose ends and a strangely woven plot left me confused and unsatisfied at the end. Unless the author is planning a set of prequels, there's so much I felt was left out. Nevertheless, I was pleased by the compassion that Landon shows to an enemy toward the end, as well as a discovery we make about Landon's grandfather. There are a number of nice spiritual themes in the story as well.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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