Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: Foundlings

FoundlingsFoundlings by Matthew Christian Harding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an excellent book. It surpassed my expectations for a small, Christian book. The author fills the book with Christian imagery. The men quote the Bible on a regular basis, especially the Psalms, even though they not been written yet. But most of all it was a great story, filled with humor, danger, and heroism. The characters are real and the storied kept our attention. We are looking forward to the next two volumes.

There were a couple of things I didn't like. There is an appendix that presents the Gospel. It felt forced and awkward. Second, the book cover declares that it has no magic, which is true to a point. But it has dragons, dwarves, giants, priests chanting things, witches, curses, dangerous swamps, miraculous escapes, giant animals, etc. So there is not magic like Harry Potter. But the book still contains most of the elements of fantasy that readers of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings enjoy. In other words, it is not as far away from magic as the authors would like us to believe.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8