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Posted July 5, 2013
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EDGE OF YOUR SEAT NAIL BITER! I EVEN BIT SOME OF MY WIFE'S NAILS!
So what would happen if you had an adventure series set shortly after the Flood? Adventure, that's what! All the beloved characters from Book I are back for book two, and where the story goes next really surprises you! Matt doesn't skip on the story either, the character development continues to build these characters into real beings with thoughts, hopes, dreams, and even relationships with God.
I really like the growth of Igi Forkbeard in this book. The giant's heart is slowing changing as God reveals Himself to Igi, and because of Igi's rescue in Book I, this has softened the ex-slavers heart. Another one if Count Rosencross, he is beginning to feel doubt about himself, why is Suzy's song of God so peaceful and desirable? Why did help the former Sneak that he wouldn't have normally cared about?
This sequel continues the adventure, while at the same time revealing new things about the characters. I love the way Matt takes the time with each one to help us understand the characters motivations, why they love God or why they don't.
In my first review I mentioned how I had been reading out loud this series to my wife. Well, she couldn't resist reading ahead to the next book so now I have to catch up! The second book is definitely as good as the first, the characters and storyline has truly captured my family's heart.
Posted August 27, 2010
Matthew Harding left us off at a thrilling cliffhanger in his first book Foundlings. So when the sequel, Paladins, finally came out I was very impatient to get my hands on it! Foundlings was my favorite fiction novel ever-exotic time setting, creatures that seemed like fantasy but are based on historical facts, unique characters ranging from a fearful dwarf to creepy dragon priests, and most importantly the godly examples and scripture woven throughout the book. All in all I didn't think it could get any better-well, Mr. Harding proved me wrong! He took everything I liked about Foundlings to a whole new level! I've read Paladins three times and I like it better every time I read it. The only bad thing is that it leaves even more anticipation for the next book. Not only does it leave you off at an exciting part, but it is also about to unveil a mystery!
Overall I am extremely impressed with Paladins and would recommend it to any teen or young adult. I can't wait for the third book.and his next series (hint, hint:)).