An American Library Assn. Notable, ALA editor's choice.This award-winning book is the second in the nine-volume series depicting its hero's struggles, first to find his wizard mother, then to save his very world from extinction. Beginning his search, Gom is given a riddle. Solve it, and his mother will appear, he's told. He soon finds that this is no ordinary brain-teaser but a life riddle that can be solved only through experience. Meeting friends and fleeing from foes out to take the rune, Gom's quest for the riddle's answer leads him up and down the land of Ulm, to the Far Fiords, to the bustling city of Pen'langoth, and beyond. Readers are treated to a fully realized world, many unforgettable characters, and thrilling scenes of suspense and fantasy as Gom, the clever, lonely mountain boy, comes to more fully understand his destiny and the riddle's last line!
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An enjoyable reworking of the boy on a quest theme, with a character readers first met in Gom on Windy Mountain. Now Stig, Gom's father, dies, and the boy decides to find his mother. Gom leaves his mountain home hurriedly, without supplies or an idea of his destination, but he is soon given a vision of his mother, Harga, who gave him a rune at his birth and then left him. She tells him he must solve a riddle before they can meet. Gom's adventures lead him to both new friends and mortal enemies, and he soon learns that an ancient evil is determined to do anything (even murder) to capture Harga's rune. The climax of The Riddle and the Rune, the first in a projected trilogy, involves a wonderful talking horse that provides Gom with the last clue he needs to solve the riddle. In this new book about the boy, Gom, Chetwin establishes a clear voice as she relates an action-packed fantasy younger readers will enjoy. Ages 10-up.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027183122