Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern by Seth Adam Smith


ABOUT THE BOOK

Chased by a vengeful witch, hunted by an undead corpse, and guided by a secretive preacher, a boy must protect a magical lantern that can either save Boston . . . or destroy it.

In October of 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a graveyard and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in danger, Blaxton gives him a mysterious gift: a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. Before fading into midnight, the ghost tells Rip to take the lantern to Feathertop, a mythical pumpkin-headed scarecrow.

Pursued by Mistress Hibbins, a witch of terrifying power, and hunted by the nightmarish Midnight Minister, young Rip must rely on the aid of Jonathan Edwards, a stern and secretive preacher, and Nathaniel, a talkative, know-it-all raven. Guided by the magical light of the lantern, Rip races across New England to find Feathertop, save Boston, and become a most unlikely hero!

From the bestselling, award-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern--a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is also a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.


REVIEW

Unfortunately, I have not yet had the time to finish reading this book.  What I have read however, I have enjoyed.  The first chapter is a doozy with Abigail and Josiah Van Winkle rescuing a baby from an open grave.  Young Rip it turns out has a special affinity with plants.  This particular ability allows Rip to do things that would be considered supernatural and must be kept secret from the Puritan community.  But Rip can't help but reach out to those in need, both human or plant.

Further thoughts will be added when I complete the book.


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