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King's Arrow (Crown and Covenant #2) Paperback – June 12, 2003

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Book 2 of 3 in the Crown and Covenant Series

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"Douglas Bond in King's Arrow, once again will inspire boys to become men, and men to become men of God." --R. C. Sproul Jr.

"The voices of Rutherford and Knox are when into a historic tapestry of war, civil disobedience, justice, father's love, and family devotion. This boy of 60 found himself rooting for Angus!" --Robert Case

About the Author

Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527437
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has been a long time since I read this book. Let us hope I remember enough about it to make a decent review.

I would hazard a guess that many of the readers of this review are homeschooling mothers with teenage children very much like me. As a 14 year-old homeschooler myself, I feel qualified to give you some feedback.

The main gist of the book concerns Angus M'Keith, younger brother of Duncan M'Keith, who was the hero of the previous work (Which would be helpful to read first, but not, if I remember aright, absolutely essential). He finds himself in the midst of Catholic persecution from the English persecutors of the Scottish Presbyterians. Throughout it all his faith is tested as he follows his father and brother through harrowing adventures.

From a purely literary standpoint, these books are not brilliant. They will not be compared to Dostoyevsky or Austen in future years (not that many books can claim the honor of being their equals as it is!). Nevertheless, nothing stands out as achingly bad prose; Douglas Bond is a solid enough writer.

From a purely theological standpoint, these books are quite good. The main issues it deals with are keeping one's faith under persecution, and under what circumstances it is right to kill your enemies. It is solidly Christian all throughout, and is a book your lads--and perhaps even some of your lasses--will most likely enjoy.
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We started reading Duncan's War by Douglas Bond together as a family sometime during the fall. We became so excited about the story that we had to put the children under strict orders not to touch the book during the day, but they had to wait until family reading hour. "No Peeking!" was the command they would hear when their hand would reach slyly for the book on the end table.

Duncan's War is followed by The King's Arrow and then finally Rebel's Keep. This series, called the Crown and Covenant, follows the lives of the M'Kethe family during 17th Century Scotland as they endured brutal persecution at the hand of King James and King Charles. Those that remained loyal to King Jesus called themselves the Scottish Covenanters. This is the story of those who must wrestle with honoring God and applying His word while living amidst a government that is trying to obliterate Christianity.

As a reader, I was particularly struck with what I would do if I were in this situation with my own family. While reading these stories, I had to grapple with the scriptures as I put myself in their shoes. As a father and a Christian, I want to honor God and obey His word above all else. And yet I desire desperately to protect my children from all outside harm. In the story, the children watch their father's actions as he attempts to obey King Jesus above all others, and while they do not fully understand them at the time, they come to appreciate them more fully later as they grow and mature. The father never compromises his integrity in the midst of war. He clearly keeps the perspective that this life on earth is not the only one we live for. There is one to come. How we live and die here will show Whom it is we honor. This is how I want to live.
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My kids LOVE this series. They are getting a rich diet of church history to boot. The characters are exciting and my 10 year old son keeps asking if they are real. Based on real history and events that shock and excite, we can't get enough. We use them for school and devotional reading. The rich spiritual nuggets, and strong godly character of the protagonist and family, makes me happy to invite these blokes into my home. Deeply satisfying.
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I have read the whole series Crown and Covenant. While the theology is sound, there are a lot of things I dislike about these books that prevent me from reading anymore by the author.

The first problem I have is the way women and girls are portrayed. There are no significant female characters. All of them are unbelievably shallow and stupid, unable to give sensible advice, play chess, or help in anyway.

This representation of Scottish women from the 1680s is false.

The second issue is the poor quality of the writing. The books are boring. The author lacks a natural love for Scotland and a sense of the setting, which gives historical books their flavor. The dialect is not very good, sounding faked and unnatural. There is very little portrayal of the opposition that is not just silly. In fact, all of the villains are very similar and their lack of wits makes the conflict dull.

The last problem is that there is no clarity to what the character goes through and how it changes him. The loose ends are never really tied up. Specific problems are not given specific answers.
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These are wonderful books for young men! Encouraging and godly for boys growing up in a world of distracting images. An exciting story line while learning History at the same time!
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