Friday, October 1, 2010

TOS Review: Foundlings


THE CHRONICLES OF PELEG
Book one



Copyright 2009 by Matthew Christian Harding

Publication/Street Date: September 1st, 2009
$11.95/Zoe and Sozo Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9823484-0-6
256 pages (232)

Ages: 10 and up


Book Summary...
Foundlings, book one of The Peleg Chronicles is Historical Fiction that takes place in the time period of Peleg, soon after the tower of Babel dispersion. In its pages we meet dragons, giants, false priests, the death hunt, an under-city of the Dwarven Brotherhood, and many memorable characters.

The story begins with Lord McDougal and his faithful shield-bearer, Fergus Leatherhead, departing their lands with giants at their backs, while before them lie in wait denizens of the bog-land and forest.

Ever ready to protect and serve others, they gather in tow an assortment of displaced adventurers and find themselves embroiled in a mysterious search for the foundlings: orphaned Thiery with his companion Horatio
the white wolf, and Suzie who has been deceitfully retained by the thieves Elvodug and Flemup.

Others also seek the foundlings, and their purposes are most sinister - Dragon Priests who practice cozen sacrifices, and their leader Count Rosencross who is torn by his God given conscience and his pursuit of personal glory.

Onward toward the city of Hradcanny they travel, meeting with treachery, beast attacks, camaraderie and psalms of praise with an eye toward the gospel. Though their battles are at times fierce and the outcomes uncertain, the author maintains the integrity of these noble characters, who through weakness are made
strong by Him in whom they trust. 

Foundlings weaves together the Biblical principles of chivalry, truth, courage, duty, faith and love within the framework of Genesis, and a bold adherence to its historicity. It's an exciting page turner that leaves you wanting more, but more importantly it leaves the reader with Godly heroes to think on and
emulate, and a young earth creationist view of history that conforms to the Word of God.



What did I think about it...
I loved the concept of this book from the very beginning.    Every time I visit the bookstore or even the library I get so disgusted at the books on the shelves being targeted towards the teen audience.     Everything is magic, vampires, witches, demons and all the things that the Bible says strictly to avoid.  (Deut. 18:10-12, Lev. 19:26, Eph. 6:12-13, Gal. 5: 19-21)     

Being able to offer this book to my son without worrying about the content was a BIG plus to me.

What did my son think about it....
I asked my 13 year old son how he would feel about reading this book and he said, "no problem".     About two days later he asked if he could put it down for a few days because he just couldn't get interested in it.   We bought thought it might be because he was so fascinated with another book that he was reading at the time.    He put it aside for a week until he was finished with the other book.     He said that definitely made it easier to read, but that he still kept getting distracted.   In his words, "It isn't a bad book.  It just isn't capturing my interest."

We have decided to put this book aside until later.     This is a good book and I think that my son will discover that later when his mind isn't so preoccupied.


Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this book for free from ZOE and SOLO Publishing.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.  It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise.  If I don't like it, you'll hear that.  And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. 

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