The Fiddler’s Gun

Beauty gets to me. That is probably true of most people. But sometimes it causes an actual physical response in me. It could be a line of haunting melody, the reflection of pilings on a lake, a glimpse of someone I love. As I exhale caught up in the wonder of what I see or hear, I forget to take another breath. I often close my eyes, overwhelmed, as my body forces me back to reality and that next breath. At times, I am prepared. Others, not so much.

The Fiddler's Gun

As I read the first two pages of The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson, these lines stole the air right out of me.

…time has a way of leading a person along a crooked path. Sometimes the path is hard to hold to and people fall off along the way. They curse the road for its steep grades and muddy ruts and settle themselves in hinterlands of thorn and sorrow, never knowing or dreaming that the road meant all along to lead them home. Some call that road a tragedy and lose themselves along it. Others, those that see it home, call it an adventure.

And quite an adventure follows. The Fiddler’s Gun tracks Fin Button through her teenage years at the Ebenezer orphan house, where her sharp tongue, quick fists and lack of feminine grace don’t allow her to fit in. She finds solace in Peter LaMee, a fellow orphan, and Bartimaeus Gann, the cook with a fiddle, a gun and a past. As the Revolutionary War begins, Fin’s world is turned upside down. The next few years mold her into the woman she will become, as she trades in the confined life of an orphan for that of a pirate on the high seas. I don’t want to give anything else away, so suffice it to say that her voyage takes her through some dark and dangerous times.

I had high hopes for this book, since I have followed the author for a while now. I can’t say that it lived up to my expectations because it wasn’t what I expected. This book is not a light, entertaining read that you toss aside once finished and never think of again. It is so much more. There is depth, emotion and characters that you will care about. There is excitement, battles and mutiny. Though full of all these things, it also explores the simple yet universal desire to find a home, a place where you are chosen just for who you are. And that is something that anyone should understand.

Oh, and if all that doesn’t convince you that you should buy the book…Fin has red curls, just like me. So what’s not to love?

This is book one of two, so I don’t know how Fin’s story ends. But I hope that time will ultimately see her home.

You can ask to borrow my copy of The Fiddler’s Gun, but I will say no. Now that I have it, I’m not turning it loose. And my copy is already marked up because I underlined my favorite parts. So go buy your own copy of the book from the Rabbit Room.

I received a review copy of the book from the publisher. In all honesty, I had already pre-bought the book. But the review copy let me read it just a little quicker.

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11 Responses to The Fiddler’s Gun

  1. Cheryl says:

    Love the review…especially the excerpted lines. As a “patron”, I am hoping to get receive my book(s) asap! :)

    And…I’m sure that I will not be loaning my book(s) either!

  2. I only skimmed since I haven’t finished yet but you quoted my favorite lines from the beginning. :)

  3. redhead.kate says:

    Cheryl & Amy – aren’t those lines from the book great! There was more I wanted to quote but didn’t because I didn’t want to give any more of the plot away.

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  5. Greer says:

    Did not realize that you were a “Book Reviewer” How did that start?

  6. redhead.kate says:

    Greer – I signed up with a couple of publishers to review books. But for “The Fiddler’s Gun”, I fought for the last review copy the author had…so glad I won.

  7. Cheryl Walton says:

    OK. So it’s almost midnight and I’ve sat here for 3 straight hours refusing to put down FG until I finished it. And now I’ve gotten myself to the end of it and I’m in a blue funk because I’m at the end of it and Fiddler’s Green isn’t available yet.

    One of my top 10 favorite books EVER–and please tell me that you have insider info as to when Green will be released?!

  8. redhead.kate says:

    Cheryl – unfortunately, he isn’t finished writing Fiddler’s Green. :( I know he is working on it. But I’m in the same boat…dying to read the rest of the story.

  9. Greer says:

    I think I might need to read this book…

  10. Jean says:

    Kate,please tell Mr.Peterson to hurry and finish the Fiddler’s Green.

  11. redhead.kate says:

    Jean – I agree 100% Emailing him right now to pass on your message.

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