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The Keeper and the Rune Stone

(The Black Ledge Series #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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, whi
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Pig Wing Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amanda Phillips
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Several things come to mind when thinking about this book. The first is pure joy. This is a book that you can read over and over and notice something new each time. It's a wonderful read for those of you with kids, I promise they will jump right in bed if promised a chapter of The Keeper and The Rune Stone each night. Your teenagers will willingly put down the remote to whatever game they have and pick this up instead. Since it is only $3.00 for the kindle version you won't feel even the tightes ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Keeper and the Rune Stone is a charming, family-centric novel that takes the sweet earnestness of The Boxcar Children and maps high fantasy elements onto it.

Eleanor Driscoll, our narrator, is a precocious, empathetic thirteen-year-old with two brothers and a younger sister. She begins her story with a reasonably awesome wish-fulfillment laundry list: the Driscoll family has moved into an enormous, beautiful mansion! And they get new computers! And bikes! And horses! Of course, they will have
Carolyn Wilhelm
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The Keeper and the Rune stone and reading the the sequel now. A mix of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Ring, and horse camp books, female protagonist, hint of romance. Down to earth magic, list of characters and animals (who speak) at the end of book one. 2012 publication, perhaps self published? Very good writing, really. These books would provide a basis for thoughtful class discussions.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
{my thoughts} - This book is something else. I must say it is rather engaging. I was pulled into the book after the second chapter. I had a difficulty putting it down so that I could go to sleep last night. This book is about the Driscoll family and their change of environment. The father of the family makes a break through as a scientist and because of that they are able to buy a used house that had been vacant for nearly thirty years. It’s a bigger house and it is full of nooks and cranny’s fo ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-from-amazon
This is the first book that I've had time to read in a while, life having taken over somewhat, and it was just what I needed.

The Keeper and the Rune Stone is a story full of magic, mythology, and little twists and turns. In many ways it reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia, albeit that the plots are quite different, the style being similar.

The story itself is quite simple. A group of children become sighted, or aware, and are therefore caught up in the politics and battles of the creatures th
Juliana Rodrigues
What a delightful story. The Discroll children have just moved in with their parents to the Black Ledge property, and while exploring the new house, garden, barn and beach, these four siblings discover much more, a whole Realm more.
Elves, Dwarves, Faires, Keepers, and many others creatures that were described by "fairy tales" actually exist and each year at the Summer Solstice has to perform an important ceremony to maintain the peace and alliance between the Realm's creatures and the Night Elve
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When the father of the four Driscoll children makes a break through in science he makes a good amount of money and buys the mansion The Black Ledge. The kids are thrilled because they will have for the first time own rooms and more bathrooms, no more sharing more privacy. Summer break is there and the kids soon start to look around in the huge house and the grounds.

When they find a cave their lives change for good when they find the keeper who makes them "aware". They see, smell and hear more af
S. Policar
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable tale of good vs evil, friendship, trust, and hope.
The story is ideal for anyone of really any age to read so long as they still believe in the magic of the realm.
The violence in the story is very mild, and I think even elementary aged children will enjoy the story's quirky talking animals.
Elenore proves herself a very good heroine for this story, but to me, I saw little Flora being an amazing heroine in her own right. When most eight year olds would have been afraid, she was
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
I love the elements of this story. It has a lot of creatures that you've come in contact with before, only they are truly unique. The kids are real, and not done in a way that doesn't make sense or doesn't seem like a kid would be. The fact that the littlest is easiest to take on the new world that they are thrown into is pretty awesome and totally true.

This book left me wanting to know more about the different connections between the characters. What will it all mean? It was the kind of book th
Rae Ryans
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by my son:

Mythical creatures and magic combine with modern day Maine to bring us The Keeper and the Rune Stone. It follows four children who move to Black Ledge. Exploring their new home, Jack finds a cave with a curious little man known as the Keeper of the Realm.

I've always enjoyed stories which feature creatures of myth and magic. The worlds and wonders they unlock take you to a special place, and it's far better than television. This is how I felt when reading The Keeper and the Run
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Paige Pendleton pens "The Keeper and the Rune Stone" in a well written plot filled with magic, mystery, adventure, mythology and a touch of humor. Between the author's characters that were believable and imaginative, and the excitement of the story line, I was captivated from the beginning. A must read for all YA and not so YA readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Jessica Miller
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this, such a good story for any age.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!

In The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Paige W. Pendleton has created a sweet and adventure filled story which kids everywhere will enjoy.

The story reminded me of a cross between Five Children and It, The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Wishing Chair but more focused on vampire-elfish creatures and magic. The story is about the Driscoll children's move into a fancy new house called Black Ledge. At Black Ledge and the
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!

**Received ebook from the author for an honest review, but I actually already had it on my kindle as a hidden treasure :)

I like to start with the cover, and this cover doesn’t really grab my attention. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but some covers really intrigue me to read them. Don’t judge this book by its cover because you will miss out on a great adventure!

The book started slowly, but you needed the background
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Original review posted on So Bookalicious

*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 tha
Yves Robichaud
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Keeper and the Rune Stone
By Paige W. Pendleton

Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars

The Keeper and the Rune Stone is American author Paige W. Pendleton’s first book in the Black Ledge series. The Driscoll family has recently moved to an immense, rustic estate called Black Ledge in the quaint town of Camden, Maine. As the four family children explore the property, they discover a mysterious cave that opens a portal to a magical realm. When the siblings are teleported to the new world, they le
Terry Parrish
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. So imaginative. I don't normally read YA, but have to say this one has changed my mind. The kids are smart, and although are siblings, have extremely different personalities. I like that. The other characters are funny and sad, but make the story what it is. The descriptions for where it all takes place, makes me want to visit the area myself. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a great story. YA's are'nt the only ones who really like it! Fantastic r ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The Keeper and the Rune Stone is a wonderful story set in Camden Maine. This book is full of fantasy and mythical creatures. Nothing for parents to worry with I think this is a great story for the middle grades. Paige Pendleton has created a magical story with mystery, character and charm.

I received a complimentary copy of The Keeper and The Rune Stone for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own and may be different from yours. Thanks
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Quick Review: I really enjoyed this story. The magical elements of the story were really fun. The author definitely has talent when it comes to story telling. I had a few issues with the writing but I am hoping that now the story has begun the second book will not have the same issues. I definitely plan on reading the next one.
Susan Miller
A cute story. I liked that it takes place in Maine. Also the children learn quickly there is a different realm & learn their own gifts one of which is being able to communicate with animals. The story encompasses elves, dwarfs, fairies and indigenous Native Americans such as the Red Painted People & Abenaki.
Aimee Thomas
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not a bad story but not the best I have read. Reminded me a little of The Hobbit mixed with a vampire story. I really got sucked in when we learn about the connection between Gunnr and Eleanor and for that reason I will be reading the next book in the series.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 stars
Hope Casais
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, I just wish it had been a project undertaken by a better writer.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
The Keeper and the Rune Stone by Paige W. Pendleton is a great story. A bit young for me, perhaps, but the story line is terrific and the characters are solid. A terrific teen fantasy read.
Eric Thomasma
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read. I especially enjoyed the author's take on the origin of the vampire legends.
Deborah Sastroredjo
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
It was a nice story, I liked it, but I guessed it was more below my reading level then I thought. I will pass it on to my son though
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