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King's Arrow (Crown and Covenant #2) Paperback – June 12, 2003
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"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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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It was a great book....I literally couldn't put it down!! A story full of bravery and courage. I give it two thumbs up!Published 19 months ago by Jim
Well written and shows the struggle of the Protestant Church in Scotland.Published 23 months ago by Ronald E. McNutt