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Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum (Landon Snow, Book 3) [Hardcover]

By R. K. Mortenson (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.38" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   Barbour Publishing Company
Age  9-12
ISBN  1597893587  
EAN  9781597893589  

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Landon Snow and his sisters join a quest to find the Island of Arcanum, where they seek to free the imprisoned animals of Wonderwood from the Arcans and discover the island's sinister secrets.

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Landon Snow discovers that adventures in libraries are closer than they appear when a few drips from a library ceiling turn into a powerful waterfall. As the waters rise, so do the perils in this Landon Snow adventure, as he and his sisters--Holly and Bridget--are transported out of the library and into another world.

In this high-seas voyage, the Snow children join a quest to find the Island of Arcanum, where the animals of Wonderwood are imprisoned and the evil shadow of Malus Quidam lurk. With the help of some old friends--a horse named Melech, an odd fellow named Hardy, a girl named Ditty, and the poet/prophet Vates--Landon seeks to unlock the island's dark secrets and escape with the animals intact. But the first he must navigate his way through uncharted waters and battle the villainous Arcans.

Can Landon and his friends rescue the animals from deep within the island's stronghold? Are the winds of Landon's favor, or will this prove to be his final voyage? Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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Hrm...  Feb 24, 2007
I will admit that it took me about four months to get through the latest Landon Snow book: LANDON SNOW AND THE ISLAND OF ARCANUM. This book is definitely a slight step down in some ways from Mortensen's last installment: LANDON SNOW AND THE SHADOWS OF MALUS QUIDAM, which was all the way around amazing. This one though, had me shutting the covers a few times because, well, I was bored.

Landon Snow and his family head up to Button Up, and while Landon, Holly, and little sister Bridget are visiting the local library when they are sucked into another world, floating along an immense ocean in a pirate ship. They soon discover that they are to rescue the animals of Wonderwood from the evil island of Arcanum.

Once Mortensen gets the reader to the island, things pick up pretty swiftly and I found myself easily flying through the last few chapters as the adventure unfolds and Mortensen really writes at the top of his game. Some of my biggest problems I had were with how long we spend on the pirate ship simply exploring. Yes, it is nice and all - but it just goes on for chapter after chapter - until we're roughly a 100 pages in. The other problem I had was with Landon crying every other minute. It seems like every few seconds Landon is getting choked up with emotion - over seeing Ditty, over the animals being captured, over seeing his old friends, over saying goodbye to his old friends, on and on and on, cry, cry, cry. Those corny moments really drove me nearly crazy. But those things I can ignore for the greatness of the last few chapters - especially the build-up for the next book, LANDON SNOW AND THE IGNEUS FOREST.

So overall, trudge through the beginning for the great ending chapters. I really hope that he next book finds Mortensen improving some more and going back to the feel of SHADOWS. Until the next library trip...
A fantasy with Christian Overtones  Dec 24, 2006
Reviewed by Ian McCurley (Age 12) for Reader Views (12/06)

"Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum" is about a young boy named Landon Snow and his two sisters, Holly and Bridget. Landon carried with him a magic Bible that would flip to certain underlined passages which would then magically transport him to a perilous adventure. This adventure begins as they are visiting their Grandpa. When they go to the library, they are transported via magic waterfall to the world of Wonderwood. Landon and his sisters arrive on the deck of a US Navy ship. After sailing alone for a day or two, they spot a ship of massive proportions trailing them in the distance. The ship turned out to be an ark, such as the one in the Bible story of Noah's Ark. They meet up with his old friends Vates, Hardy, Ditty and Melech who were sailing on the ark to the Island of Arcanum to fight Malus Quidam. They must journey to the Island of Arcanum where all the animals of Wonderwood and Ditty's parents are being held captive. He will have to fight against the Arcans, an inhuman tribe of demons that wear the skulls of animals on their heads.

The author conveys the timeless message that good prevails over evil. From the problems Landon dealt with on, and the way to, the Island of Arcanum, he learned to face his fears with courage. The author was considerably successful in conveying this message.

This book is for anyone from 7 to 11 with an interest in fantasy or the ocean. "Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum" would be a good book to read out loud to children because of the straightforward word choice. It would be wise to endeavor in the exploration of the former two novels in the series as to obtain a higher comprehension of the material.
Edge of the Seat - Low Nightmare Factor  Nov 30, 2006
I've not read the first two Landon Snow adventures.

Several people have quoted clever descriptions and chunks of word weavings from the Auctor's Riddle so I was intrigued to read R.K. Mortenson's third novel.

The Island of Arcanum is a book we'd have chosen to read to our children. Enough suspense to keep a child on the edge of their seat without the nightmare factor. I see Landon Snow appealing to the 2nd to 5th grade set especially.

Mr. Mortenson tosses in enough earthy humor to get a giggle from the Captain Underpants crowd without overdoing it.

Though the Harry Potter series appealed to a huge market, and though well written, I blanched at the underlying mean-spiritedness of the characters. Landon Snow, however, cares about his sisters and his friends from past adventures which makes his adventure series a good alternative.

I didn't get to know Landon as well as I would've liked, and this might be because I haven't read book one or two.
Third in a series ...  Nov 9, 2006
Landon and his sister Holly have come to expect bizarre and exciting things to happen when they visit their grandparents in Button Up. What they don't expect is that those things might not always follow the same routine to get there.

When Landon and Holly are joined by their sister Bridget on a trek to the library, they don't anticipate that they will all end up sailing a ship at sea. Before much time passes, though, they are joined by some old friends who are on a new quest. In their continuing battle against Malus Quidam and his shadows, they will attempt to rescue Wonderwood's animals. But is Landon's vision enough to rescue not only the animals, but Landon and his friends as well?

Although Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum is resolved as a stand-alone book, it is also the third in the series and, in that, can be a little confusing to new readers. While I appreciate that there was not a lot of re-hashing of past plots, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series. Fantasy can be hard enough to follow even without missing links. However, this is a fun and age appropriate fantastical story that doesn't delve into the darkness as many fantasy works do today.

Armchair Interviews says: A fun read, but probably better still if you read the series in order.
Fun Fantasy for Children  Oct 30, 2006
Written for the upper elementary school age child, Landon Snow And the Island of Arcanum is book three in Reverend Mortenson's series. Landon Snow and his sisters, Holly and Bridget, are drawn into another world when they visit the Button Up Library. Characters from the first two books in the series reappear in this current installation when the three siblings are transported to what appears to be another time period, that of Noah's Ark.

All the animals from a place called Wonderwood have been sent to the island of Arcanum where they are held captive by the evil presence of Malus Quidam. Landon and his sisters learn of the animals' disappearance when they are confronted by the arrival of a vessel on their lonely ocean that seems to be Noah's Ark and is manned by friends Landon has encountered before, Vates, Epops, Trumplestump, Wagglewhip, Melech, Hardy, Ditty and Ludo to name a few.

The mission Landon and his compatriots must complete is an important one to the world of Wonderwood and carries much danger with it. Can Landon and his troupe save the animals of Wonderwood and return them home again? Or will Malus Quidam succeed in destroying the whole group and drawing them into his evil world?

Children will find Landon Snow And the Island of Arcanum entertaining, especially if they read the first two books in the series, Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle and Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam, prior to reading this third installment in the series.

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