A fan of fantasy fiction, I am not. However, my son dearly loves this particular genre—at least in movie form. Because of this, he was excited to review Foundlings—Book One of The Peleg Chronicles by Matthew Christian Harding.
Foundlings is a Biblical fantasy / historical fiction story that takes place after the flood of Noah and the Tower of Babel. Staying true to the author’s Biblical worldview, Foundlings incorporates all the mystery, suspense and adventure of its secular peers, without delving into all the “icky” aspects of evolution, magic and humanism.
From the website: 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…
I gave the book to my 11 year old son to read. He’s pretty much an anti-reader, so I was hoping this book would engage him. And it did at first, and my shouts of joy could be heard across the land. But then the story became bogged down in details, which there are plenty of. Once you’re about 1/3 of the way however, the pace picks up considerably.
Unfortunately, Ethan discovered that the story really wasn’t quite his cup of tea. (Whaa—?!) He said that it was “interesting and good” but it just wasn’t “his thing”. (That’s all well and good, but you know something? I’ll bet you if there was a movie version of this book, he’d totally beg to see it, just like LOTR! PS: He’s never read more than the first chapter of those books, either. But he LOVES the movies. Go figure…)
Overall, I’d say this was definitely a good adventure story for Christian children. Good always triumphs over evil, and the Lord is constantly mentioned and relied upon for strength, wisdom and courage.
Now to be fair, I have to mention the slightly “dark” or “sinister” element to the story. (Not dark as in bad, but dark as in potentially intense/frightening—think Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Clash of the Titans). While none of these “intense” scenes were gory, vicious, or bothered me or my son personally, they may prove a bit much for sensitive readers.
With that said, I’m happy to award Foundlings one thumb up! :)
Foundlings is available from Zoe & Sozo Publishing for $11.95. The second book in the series, Paladins, is also available for $11.95.
*Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was provided and the thoughts/views expressed are my own.*