In Paladins, book two of Matthew Christian Harding's Peleg Chronicles, we return to the post-Flood world of the Quixotic Lord McDougal, his faithful squire Fergus Leatherhead and the young and intrepid ranger Thiery.
All of the characters we were so happily acquainted with in Foundlings return, though some for not so long as we would have liked. Still, one of the only problems with the first novel was that the story followed two strong protagonists whose storylines intermingled but never quite met. Harding overcomes this deficit in this book, concentrating first on one protagonist and their entourage at length, then another, rather than skipping back and forth each chapter as he did in the first.
It's a most enjoyable read, beginning with a resolution to the cliffhanger Foundlings ended on. It contains a twist and a red herring or two to confound and intrigue us, more of the high chivalry and reverence for the God of Noah that drew our hearts in the first and, of course, plenty of misadventures to keep us turning the pages. Paladins also ends on a cliffhanger, but gives us such a set up for the third book, Loresmen, that I can scarcely wait to begin it!
The first book included an appendix, the Gospel itself. Paladins includes two appendices, one on dragons/dinosaurs and the Bible and the other on Biblical support for giants.
As with Foundlings, I happily recommend Paladins especially for young boys and teen readers with a taste for adventure.
-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm's Lair
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