Home >

Hostage Lands
Hostage Lands

This closeout item is non-returnable

List Price: $11.99
Sold Out! $5.95
You save $6.04!
Ages: 10+
Grade Levels: 5-12

Availability: Sold Out!
Product Code: 780-869
Sold Out!

Timberdoodle's review Learn more
I tend to be very fussy about historical fiction. It must be historically accurate without getting bogged down in excruciating detail. Furthermore, it needs to be engaging without straying from historical truth. And when it is Christian historical fiction, I am fussier still. I don't want to be preached at, but I do want to see genuine human responses to the Gospel and I must see Biblically-accurate theology. With all this fussiness, is it any wonder that few titles make it through the Timberdoodle screening process? Hostage Lands is one of the few for many excellent reasons.

The main character, 15-year-old Neil, disdains his Latin teacher, yet must rely on her help when he discovers an ancient Latin manuscript buried on his family farm. As he begins to translate this ancient journal, you will find yourself caught up in an electrifying adventure involving Roman centurions and Celtic warriors. This fast-paced story includes insights on Celtic and Roman lifestyles as well as a peek at the depravity in the Roman Coliseum.

Written for children ages 10 and older, the text is by no means dumbed down, a fact I value. Indeed, there were a couple of words I was unfamiliar with, so I greatly appreciated the glossary of terms included at the back of the book. Author Douglas Bond does not mince words as he deals with the Roman treachery portrayed in this third-century account, so  families with more genteel reading habits may find such a brutal book unsuitable for their younger children.

Author: Douglas Bond
Pages: 234
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2006
ISBN: 978-1596380271
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Made In: USA
Consumable: No

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Douglas Bond does it again May 31, 2012
Reviewer: blessed4xover  
After reading Douglas Bond's Crown and Covenant series, my kids were ready to devour anything else written by him. They liked Hostage Lands even better! It is full of adventure and action, and the history part is so skillfully woven in that you can forget that you are reading "historical facts". My oldest daughter, now studying history and literature in college, said that she thought Bond did a very good job of staying true to the historical setting. She said this was probably best for late elementary/ jr. high age, as most of the points of the plot were "spoon fed" to the reader. She contrasted this with Sir Walter Scott, her favorite writer of historical fiction, who presents a broad sweeping plot, then leaves the reader to digest and draw his own conclusions. Bond does not leave the reader to his own conclusions, but he is also writing for a much younger age group than Scott, and Bond's writing style has never detracted from any of his writing as far as my kids were concerned.

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
I loved this book! August 23, 2010
Reviewer: Alice from Oregon City, OR  
I loved this book! I read it aloud to my 7 year old daughter and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Don't be put off by the mention of 'Latin' in the description, as there is only knowledge of the English language required to read and enjoy this novel. This is really a fascinating look at a slice of Roman/Celtic/Christian history.

Was this review helpful to you?