- The Fiddler’s Gun – 500 Words or Less Review
- Fiddler’s Green – 500 Words or Less Review
A month and a half ago I reviewed The Fiddler’s Gun, the first of two books in A.S. Peterson’s Fin’s Revolution series. I fully intended to jump right into the second book, Fiddler’s Green, and review it within a week or two at most. However, I read the premise of Fiddler’s Green, felt it was too preposterous, and put it away for a while.
A Secret Mission. A Faraway Sea. A Long-awaited Homecoming.
From the backwaters of Georgia to the taverns of Philadelphia, Fin Button is the talk of the colonies. The British say she’s a pirate. The Americans call her a mutineer. The crew of the Rattlesnake call her the most unlikely thing of all: Captain.
But with the Revolution on the verge of defeat, the Congress offers Fin a deal. If she can free a noblewoman held captive by pirates, the French may be persuaded to join the war. Fin’s reward? A full pardon. Along with Jack, Topper, and the mysterious Armand Defain, Fin sails the Rattlesnake to the Mediterranean Sea, half a world away. Their destination is Tripoli home of the savage corsairs and slavers of the Barbary Coast.Fiddler’s Green (from the inside flap)
When I did finally pick the book back up last week, I was delighted to discover that it was indeed preposterous. Fin failed miserably in her mission, and her failure resulted in the destruction of her ship and the death of many of her crew.
However, with more than half of the book left, that was not the end. With unexpected twists and turns, the adventure continues, and the story broadened. The plot grew wilder, yet, somehow, more plausible. Or, perhaps I was so immersed by that point that plausibility was no longer an important factor.
Though the story was indeed fiercely adventurous with pirates and knights, battles on both land and sea, kidnapping, courageous rescues, political intrigue, bitter betrayal, vengeance, and even a bit of romance, the true story was more about redemption. The quest for a pardon of crimes, of course, but more importantly the restoration of the broken soul of Phinea Button.
This is a satisfying conclusion to the tale of Fin Button; and, despite my early reservations, I now wholeheartedly recommend it.
Eventually, the “audiobook” version of Fiddler’s Green should be available (for free) on the “Fin’s Revolution” podcast. The latest episode released at the time of this review’s publication is still in The Fiddler’s Gun. If you can’t wait, the Kindle version of the book is quite reasonably priced. Or, for you purists, the paperback is available at both Amazon and The Rabbit Room Store.