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Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragonby by R. K. Mortenson

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Cover art: Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon
Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon - 4th in the Landon Snow series
Author: R. K. Mortenson
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-59789-975-8
Release Date: May 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth/Juvenille Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 10-15
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-14
Year/Setting: Present Day Button Up, Minnesota, and Wonderwood
Overall Rating: 4.0
R.K.'s Website: None found


Landon Snow and his sisters, Holly and Bridget, are off on another adventure in Wonderwood. This time, they don’t go to Wonderwood alone. A boy named Max has gotten into Wonderwood with the Snows.

Once in Wonderwood, the Snows find their friends are enslaved by the evil Arcans. Worse than that, a dragon named Volucer Ignis is burning the forest and has even the Arcans under his control. Will Landon be able to escape the dragon’s fiery wrath and can he possibly help his friends from Wonderwood? Will he be able to stop the dragon from destroying all of them?

This book was very dramatic from start to finish, but I found the beginning of the book to be hard to follow. I giggled to myself at the start of the book. I’ve noticed a pattern that in Book 1—Landon goes alone. Book 2 finds Holly joining Landon on the adventure. Book 3 has Landon joined by both sisters, Holly and Bridget. As I opened up this fourth book to read it, I said to myself that at least we know who is going to Wonderwood because we’re out of sisters to join Landon. Then Max is introduced to the story and joins them in Wonderwood.

Max is an interesting addition to the story and the dynamics of the book. He’s not likable. He’s rude and one of those people that you just want to get away from. Landon’s internal battle over ‘loving your neighbor’ vs. ‘giving Max what he deserves’ was so real to me. I was glad it was brought up in the book, but I did wish more of the story dealt with this theme. I thought Volucer Ignis was a worthy foe and I was definitely a little worried about the ability of Landon to save the people of Wonderwood. I just couldn’t see how he could possibly do what needed to be done.

I did find it interesting how the pieces of the Wonderwood puzzle are starting to come together. Landon may be close to discovering all the secrets of Wonderwood. His final discovery in the book sets up the lead-in for the next book. I can’t wait to read it.

Overall, this was not my favorite book out of the Landon Snow series, but it was still an excellent story and worth the time to read. I have truly enjoyed every book in the series, and look forward to reading the next story soon.

Robyn

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