The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson, book 1 in Fin’s Revolution, (Rabbit Room Press, 2009), 293 pages
Fin Button has grown up in the orphanage and rebels against the strictures of the environment. Being a tomboy through and through doesn’t help her situation. But when the country’s tension (and impending war) with England reaches this enclave, she’s forced to flee.
Fin Button is a lovable, exasperating protagonist. The Fiddler’s Gun is a great adventure tale. I can’t think of this and not be reminded of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin series. Surely that’s at least in part because both stories contain sailors, pirates, ships, war, betrayal, but these elements are not the only similarities. They also share a depth of feeling and a breadth of scope amidst simultaneous intimacy of characters.
While reading, I had to suspend disbelief a few times. (Even thinking about it now, I have to do that for the story to work.) Still, the story very successfully sucked me in. The characters are very clearly drawn and the plotline is enchanting, although it contains at least its fair share of violence and heartbreak — and love.
I felt this could serve as the bones of a series (this is actually book one of a short series), with one book crafted out of this part, another rising from these chapters, etc., going into more detail, fleshing each thread out with more detailed vignettes.
Still, it’s a beautiful tale, the characters came alive. In some ways it doesn’t fit the mold of what’s expected, and it’s not perfect, but that just makes me love it more.
A sequel, Fiddler’s Green, is expected to be released before Christmas. I, for one, can’t wait.
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I received this book from the author.