Title: Rock of Ages
Author: Faith Blum
Series: Tales of the East, book 3 (can be a stand-alone)
Major Themes: Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Synopsis: After being kidnapped and held prisoner for five years, is there any hope Rina will be able to go home to her parents again?
I’m not sure what it is about Faith Blum’s books, but even though I consider them somewhat simple plot- and character-wise, I keep coming back to read them. My favorites of hers so far have been the Tales of the East series; although I can predict from just about the beginning what’s going to happen, they have a charm all their own that I really enjoy! Rock of Ages is not different from the previous two; the idea is slightly far-fetched, but it works in the setting, and it’s an enjoyable story to read. And, as always, I loved the characters.
First, we meet the second son of King David, Chileab, who has been lame since birth. Due to that, he’s always felt inferior compared to his brothers. They tease him to no end, and he’d really like to prove that he can hold his own, despite being crippled. Then, we meet Rina, a lovely young woman who loves her parents, loves the people around her, and helps her mother when she goes around the village helping people with herbs to heal their sicknesses. One tragic day, Rina is kidnapped—and for years, no one from the village hears about her. When initial expeditions to recover her prove fruitless, must her family give up hope of ever seeing her again?
Rock of Ages is such a sweet little book. It’s not a long read—felt like it was about as long as a normal novella—but I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the place where they lived.
I think one of my most favorite parts about this series is the setting. Blum has done a great job imagining what it might have been like to live back in Biblical times, and the settings fit what I imagine it may have looked like, too. Each book has a slightly different setting, which makes it more interesting, and they can easily stand alone, but they all fit the same time period.
If you have young children who need good clean fiction, Rock of Ages and the other books in the Tales of the East series would be a great series for them to read.
WARNING: A girl is kidnapped in ch. 2. There is lying in ch. 5, and again in ch. 17. A man grabs a woman’s arm in ch. 9, and an unmarried man and woman touch again in ch. 20. There is a fight in ch. 18, and a man is hurt.
Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above