When I found out that I’d be reviewing a book for Zoe and Sozo Publishing, I have to admit I was less than thrilled. I hate to admit that when it comes to reading for pleasure, I tend to stick to blogs and homeschool-how-to books but when the book arrived and I read the cover and introduction, I knew it would be something my 17-year old son would love. So I did what every great homeschooling mom would do, I passed my work off on my son who was all too eager to thumb through the pages. What happened next surprised me, he disappeared for a couple hours, finally reappearing from his room exclaiming that I MUST read this book! In fact, not only should I read it, it should also be chosen as our next family read aloud AND it should be turned into a movie because it would be great on the big screen!
So, what book was able to capture his attention? Allow me to introduce Foundlings, the first book in The Chronicles of Peleg series written by Matthew Christian Harding. Written for ages ten and up, this book is a work of historical fiction that contains NO magic, NO evolution, NO humanism and NO romance.
Here is a summary of the book from the publisher:
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 we think:
In my son’s words, “The storyline is good, the book is well written, it sort of reminds me of The Lord of the Rings, the characters are funny, inspiring and realistic, and unlike other books, the fight scenes don’t drag out forever and are easy to follow.”
I can’t wait to begin reading this as a special family read aloud and my son can’t wait to begin reading Paladins, the second book in The Chronicles of Peleg series, which I won’t hesitate to order.
Are you ready to read a great work of Christian literature? You can order an autographed copy of Foundlings through the publisher for $11.95 with FREE shipping as well as Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and various local bookstores.
You can read what other reviewers had to say about Foundlings at the TOS Review Blog.
Disclosure: I received this product from Zoe and Sozo Publishing free of charge in exchange for offering my honest opinion to my readers.