See what the Rave’n is all about. Review #3 of Tuck, by Stephen R. Lawhead

And now we’ll look at the novel itself, Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Tuck was a fun story to read.  There were many elements that drew me into the time period and setting, but not so much so that I had to struggle to understand what was happening.  There was even a Pronunciation Guide at the beginning that really helped me to hear how the words were supposed to sound.  A sweet taste of the culture.

I liked the characters a lot!  Stephen did a good job of making them feel real.  I cared about them, about what happened to them.  And they weren’t simply molds from the popular views of Robin Hood.  These characters were familiar, yet brand new at the same time.

The overall story was very entertaining.  There were a number of times I had a hard time putting the book down, and other times that I caught myself pausing to soak up the mental images.

However I did have a couple complaints about the book. 

One was the particular version of a World View.  I hold many things against Catholicism, and do not believe it is the same as Christianity.  Because of the history of Europe I can see how Tuck could be accurately reflecting the popular views of the time.  But Catholicism certainly wasn’t the only view of the time that claimed Christ and I was hoping for something different from what was presented.  There were some things I was able to gain from the idea of Christ meeting Welsh culture though, mostly due to some elements I’ve been considering from G.K. Chesterton‘s “The Everlasting Man” and “Orthodoxy”.

My other complaint was that there were times when the plot seemed unnaturally convenient.  Providence could be mentioned here, I suppose, but even then the story still doesn’t seem to flow by its own power.  There were a number of times when it seemed like the author made it too easy on himself, and the sequence of events should have been different.  I mentioned in my last review on this book that it was believable, but I was speaking in a historical sense.  It would have been nice to see the story lead the author more than it did, rather than seeing the author force the story.  It wasn’t too bad, but it was enough to bug me a little.

Otherwise I enjoyed Tuck, and would recommend it to Fantasy fans.  And as I mentioned before, his other two books in the King Raven series (“Hood” and “Scarlet”) are on my reading list.

Overall, a good book.  I hope you enjoy it too!

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4 thoughts on “See what the Rave’n is all about. Review #3 of Tuck, by Stephen R. Lawhead

  1. Cris, as always you seem to have good reviews. Not only on the content of the book, but on the first impression you get while just holding the book, what the binding is like and the cover paper too. Thanks for pointing out how much the author cares about what people think about his story. Often times first impressions can either make or break a book, I mentioned that in my review of last months book, Blaggard’s moon, and think it is quite fitting for Tuck also.

    I think it is more closer to you because you have researched and are interested in book binding, so I liked hearing what a person who knows the craft thought about it. Thanks again for a good review!

  2. Great review on Tuck, I’m glad you enjoyed it also:) And thanks, for leaving a comment on my review on Tuck.

    Have a great day,

  3. “I hold many things against Catholicism, and do not believe it is the same as Christianity.”

    I do believe that most Protestants/Evangelicals do accept that Catholics are Christians just as Catholics accept that Protestants/Evangelicals are Christians.

    I enjoyed reading your review, by the way, and am glad I found your blog and hope to read more of it.

  4. Thanks for the comments.

    If I had to guess I would guess that some who call themselves Catholics will be covered by the blood of Christ. But not through Catholicism.

    I pray God will have mercy on many, including myself. Certainly none of us have done, or ever can do, anything that earns salvation from our sins… let alone anything that earns us eternity with Him.

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