So what are your views on fantasy fiction?
Many of my readers know that I love stories like Narnia and the Lord of the Rings. I am an avid reader and have plenty of opinions about what I like. One thing that has changed as I have gotten older and become Mom, is that I find myself a harsh critic.
That sounds awful, but yeah, I have to admit that. As a Christian Mom, there are some ideas and books that I really cannot support, no matter how in style or well written they may be. For example, I won’t read the vampire books going around now. Looking back, I did read the Anne Rice books long ago—and I have to say, I just don’t think there is anything about this type of story that goes with a Bible verse that often comes to mind–
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
It is funny what gets your attention—but I find myself very turned off by dark or frightening stories. I know some people get a thrill from these, but I just don’t and I won’t promote them.
So what is different about the Narnia and LOTR for me? I have actually spent a couple of days thinking about this, because I know that there are dark moments and frightening things in those stories as well. I think it is the fact that those stories have promise and a hope that good will win out…that light will overcome darkness…and they are very careful to distinguish good magic and bad magic from each other…
Anyway what brought all this up? It was a book I have for review, from the Peleg Chronicles, entitled Foundlings. When I read this book, I expected to like it, mostly because it said it had an exciting plot and characters and no magic, no humanism, and even no evolution. I figured this would be a book that would not go against many of my beliefs, and I would not have to worry about my kids reading.
Ironically enough, the book is very intense and does have dark moments! I found myself surprised when the heroes of the book encountered dark priests and sacrificial offerings and truly bad, bad guys. Not to mention the dragons.
However, in really looking at it, I am thinking the book would fit into my Narnia and LOTR category. I thought the novel was very exciting, and the heroes had stellar qualities–virtue and loyalty, especially in the face of difficult odds. I thought the setting was fantastic and really, the whole tale was something new to me, which I appreciate.
Foundlings is just one story in the Peleg Chronicles series. Peleg is actually a real figure referenced in the Old Testament, and this tale is set about 150-200 years after the flood of Noah.
My son really liked it and offered his review:
A world of Danger, Giants, Dragons, and Serpents, a world named Peleg
Full of excitement and suspense! Matthew Christian Harding is a Christian, a husband, a father, and a writer. His first book Foundlings is placed in a time after the Flood of Noah, after the Tower of Babel and the Dispersion (It was true to the Bible when it was quoted but still very original). The characters were well developed as the book progressed. I felt as if I knew them. Peleg was described so well that it almost seemed real. The book also includes well placed scripture.
Foundlings is full of adventure and tells the story of a group of GOD loving Christians. They find each other while watching out for the evil dragon priests that want to sacrifice them to their false god. They then help others when they can and spread GODS love.
I read Foundlings in one sitting. (Till 4:30am) just so I could find out what happened next. I was lost in the world of Peleg until the end of the book, and I want to go back. You will find that only Tolkien rivals Foundlings. I recommend that you enter the world of Peleg, and be immersed in adventure and you will not want to put it down. When you have to you will be craving the next installment of the Peleg Chronicles.
The book had many fight scenes and opportunities for the heroes to show their valor, so I should have known this was perfect for a teen boy!
Overall, I have just told you a bit about the book. You can find out much more on their website, http://www.matthewchristianharding.com/
So while I find myself a bit confused about what makes a book truly “good”…I do recommend this for teens 12+ I think the book and the setting make for some great discussions about Christian beliefs and history.
Foundlings is available from Zoe & Sozo Publishing for $11.95. Paladins, the 2nd book in the series, is also available for $11.95.
See what my crewmates have to say about Zoey and Sozo Publishing, here.
I received Foundlings for review Purposes. I have given my honest opinion.