The Peleg Chronicles: Book 1, Foundlings

Here’s what the Author has to say:

“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.”

“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.”

Classified by the author as “Young Earth Dragon Fiction”

About the Author:  Matthew Christian Harding

The story has exciting elements, suspense, and adventure true to a fantasy-type fiction genre.  The author’s goal to create fictional characters who display Godly attributes throughout the story has been accomplished.   I love that the main character, Lord McDougall and several of the main characters are followers of the One True God, and are bold about sharing their faith.  However, I’m not convinced that the author’s claim to “bold adherence to its historicity” has been accomplished.

We love a good fantasy fiction novel, but had a little trouble reconciling the setting of the novel, the time period of Peleg, with the book’s inclusivity of verses from different parts of the Bible.   During the time of Peleg, the characters would not have come across the Book of Job, much less writings from the New Testiment.  Because of that, the chronology of the story was a bit cloudy.   For example, there are times in the story where scripture references are introduced but not footnoted, and my logic-brain would say, “Hey, that is from Romans”  but Romans had not been written at the time the story took place.   (Specifically but not exclusively, on pages 83 – 84, when the character Thiery tells Igi Forkbeard, almost verbatim, the text from  Romans 1:2 – 25 and without proper reference to its origin footnoted.)   There are also references to the Book of Job on several occasions, which would have been written well after the time period of Peleg, as far as I can tell.

  

In summary, the story itself is quite enjoyable.  There were some truly enjoyable moments and some creative characters.  But because of the Biblical references throughout, I had a difficult time staying focused without analysing the chronology and looking for footnotes for the scripture that was used.    Perhaps, for me, it would have been easier reading if the characters’ faith was more authentic to faith of Biblical characters from a similar time period.  (For example, references to Abram & Sarai or even Issac, Jacob, & Joseph would be closer to the time period of Peleg.)    

Other Products Available:

Paladins, Book Two in The Peleg Chronicles

Chronology Chart from Adam to Joseph

Disclaimer:  Members of Homeschool Crew were giving a free copy of Foundlings in exchange for an honest review of this book.  No other compensation of any kind has been received. 

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