On the eve of his 11th birthday, Landon’s dream stone opens a new world to him, one with talking books, a riddle to solve and a chess board of potential death. Can Landon get out of this strange world alive, solve the riddle and return to his family?
OK, I picked this up because of the cover – it looked like a promising fantasy story. Instead, I got relatively lame writing, insipid characters and a rehashed story. (Seriously, could Mortenson have taken more ideas from Harry Potter?) Add to that some really unsubtle pushing of creationism (which I believe in, but found distracting in the hamhanded way in which it was dealt with here) and you’ve got a really unsatisfactory book. Someone must have liked it though since there are more in this series. The only character I liked really was the little Odd girl, whom we barely saw. And I’m fairly easy to please. Fortunately it was short.