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The Fiddler's Gun

(Fin's Revolution #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  978 ratings  ·  147 reviews
America is on the brink of war with England, and Fin Button is about to come undone. She s had it with the dull life of the orphanage, and she is ready to marry Peter and escape the ever-watchful Sister Hilde. But an unexpected bond forms between Fin and the fiddle-playing cook, Bartimaeus, setting her on a course for the high seas of the American Revolution.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Rabbit Room (first published December 1st 2009)
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Tara Chevrestt
Wow! This has left me reeling! Meet Fin Button. She is seventeen years of age and has spent all but the first seven days of her life in an orphanage. Despite the nuns' desire to make her into a young lady, Fin has other ideas. Rather than sit with a needle and thread, she is out punching the daylights out of her fellow unruly male orphans, wearing pants, cursing, and she would much rather use a hammer and saw than be stuck in a kitchen all day. Unfortunately for Fin tho, the nuns do put her in a ...more
A.S. Peterson
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Early praise for The Fiddler's Gun:

“Peterson has lovingly crafted a work of historical fiction which begs the question, “Can this really be a debut novel?” With dogged fidelity, he captures the spirit, manners, and social conditions present during the American Revolutionary War. We meet colorful, credible characters who navigate the high seas of life and love, dependence and independence, war and peace, truth and consequence and despite forays into ostensibly dark places, The Fiddler’s Gun carri
Lara Lleverino
Gene Stratton Porter has been in my top ten fiction books for probably 30 years, Pete Peterson Fiddler’s Gun just knocked her out of the top ten. This is a beautiful story of good and evil. The writing, like his brother Andrew’s, paints pictures that are vivid and sing in your mind for days. I can’t wait to read the conclusion I’m Fiddler’s Green. I need to say however that this book comes with a trigger warning. The book involves pirates and not the Disney sort. There are some pretty vividly de ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This review is going to almost completely devoid of any plot points. I enjoyed the story and loved the characters so much that I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you. But I will start by saying this is not a kid's book. It is violent and there is a bit of mild language, but neither is gratuitous.

It's hard to believe this is the first book by A.S. "Pete" Peterson. It can sometimes take me months to get through a book if I don't find it interesting. It has to grab me in the first few pages, or
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*Squeal* this was one utterly captivating read. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, and I was completely immersed in Fin's world from page one. Tragedy, love, hope, redemption; from orphanage antics to adventure on the high seas; The Fiddler's Gun has it all.

Peterson does a wonderful job recreating the tone and feel of a southern colony in British America in the 1700's. Colonists are chafing for independence from British rule, revolution is at hand and turbulence follows on the backs of the redcoats.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it
In a Sentence: While a little slow to start, The Fiddler's Gun is an exciting historical adventure with a great main character.

My Thoughts

One of the things I thought of while reading The Fiddler's Gun is that it reminded me of Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which I really enjoyed as a kid. However, I think that The Fiddler's Gun will hold more appeal for older readers as well as younger ones.

The main character, Phinea "Fin" Button is a sassy, tomboyish orphan who yearns for som
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The thing that this classics-lover continues to most appreciate about Rabbit Room authors is how echoes of the great classics sound in new and vibrant stories from contemporary authors. As a reader, I am so pleased to have new and worthy stories to love. As a Christian living in the modern world, I am grateful to have fresh, edifying adventure tales to delight in. As a lover of the written word, I am grateful to be able to support living authors. As a student of the classics, I am particularly t ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf
If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I highly recommend this book! The Fiddler’s Gun is set in Ebenezer, a suburb of Savannah, GA. Phinea Button is a young woman who has lived in an orphanage since she was an infant. Phinea, more affectionately known as Fin to the other orphans, was a tomboy and a troublemaker, often pulling pranks on the women who ran the orphanage. The younger orphans considered Fin to be their protector, getting into a number of fights with the older kids who were being b ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Fiddler’s Gun by A. S. Peterson

I don’t often say, “outstanding work” upon reading a new author. The Fiddler’s Gun is historic fiction set in rural Georgia at the outset of the American Revolution. It is a tale of an orphan coming of age and coming to grip with personal characteristics that frighten her.

Fin Button is a very likeable character exhibiting very modern frustrations with pre-determined roles. She doesn’t see her self as falling into acceptable life roles for her time and place. T
May 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
While I think the book holds a lot of promise, I had great trouble buying Fin, the heroine, as a pirate. It's only in the movies, unrealistic ones at that, where a girl can hold her own among fighting, seafaring men. Sure, Fin was tough in the orphanage, but I never once believed that she could fight against the men on her own ship, much less the British navy. Besides that, I also didn't believe Peter would find much to love in her. All in all, it was fun-yet-chiched yarn of a book.
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Aimee Guest
The Fiddler's Gun comes very close to being a five star book for me. Here's why: the writing, the story and the characters. It tells the tale of a Georgia orphan during the Revolutionary War. Yet Fin Button (Fin being short for Phinea, the 13th girl born to parents who left her at the orphanage) is no typical character. She is bold, headstrong, lovely, endearing and infuriating - in short, she's a lot like each of my very own daughters. Perhaps even more importantly, she's real and I enjoyed rea ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
normally dismiss historical-fiction because I fear that it will be really, really boring and that I might accidentally learn something. So when I got The Fiddler’s Gun I was conflicted. On the one hand I hate history and on the other, I love pirates. I was conflicted until finally my love of pirates won and started to read the book.

It was pretty awesome.

There was the initial culture shock from reading about people who didn’t know what a large hadron collider was but then I realized historical-f
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I picked up "The Fiddler's Gun" at my friend's house and couldn't put it down after skimming the first five pages. This book made me wish for subway delays and long waits in the dental office so that I could be whisked away into Fin's world. I do not particularly like books about wars or pirates, and yet I was completely captivated by this story. Peterson hooked me with the initial subtle dash of Anne of Green Gables in the opening chapters. But really, it only took those first 5 pages for ...more
Lydia Presley
I think I will be singing the praises of this book for a very long time.

This book had everything. Kick-butt heroine? Check. Fascinating time in history? Check. Humor? Check. Heart-break? Check. Action? Check. Pirates? Double-check.

When I began the book I was immediately taken in by the almost fairy-tale like start. It was all just so.. fascinating. Fin's origins, the complex characters that made up the people in her life. Hilde.. I couldn't decide whether to love or hate (and I think that's the
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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,
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Janet by: author Pete Peterson (from Paz workshop)
In reading reviews of this book, I noticed it was being marketed as Christian fiction, a story of retribution and redemption, etc. This turned me off, as I expected to get a pat lesson on God and Christianity when I simply wanted to read an adventure story.

Cast aside your trepidation, friends who are like me and are wary of didactic religious tales. This story does have adventure and soul-searching and redemption, but it's not at all obnoxious or condescending. The writing is strong, the vocabu
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction was just what I needed in the midst of much serious academic thinking. It is the story of a teenage girl who is just barely tolerating the nuns at the orphanage where she lives, fighting like one of the boys, and trying to figure out what it means to be a woman. The story takes place in Georgia, right at the start of the American Revolution, eventually ending up on the high seas... and quickly reminding me of my childhood favorite, Charlotte Doyle, by Avi.
May 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Just awful. Left this after 32 pages. Characters boring. Many inconsistencies. Not very accurate for historical fiction. Women didn't wear hoop skirts in 1775 Georgia colony. They didn't say "ok" nor treat orphans as portrayed in his book. The writer's strength is in naval scenes and he should have developed this in a new fantasy world.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians who enjoy adventure and the high seas.
Recommended to Lanica by: First Reads
I would give this book 4 and a half stars if it were possible.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the setting. The writing was wonderful. I could tell that the author had thought about each word as he set it down. There were allusions to the sea and piracy throughout the book, even when he was describing something completely unrelated to either. The book was expertly blended into one whole unit, each line building on the story as a whole, making the book cohesive in storyline and ima
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
By book two, I was really depressed, and I haven't fully recovered, but the spirit towards the end of the book made it not only readable, but enjoyable. I look forward to a happy ending in the second book, because it is most definitely not finished yet.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Five stars is not enough. I loved this book!
Sarah Middlestead
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5⭐. I just can’t get behind the protagonist, Fin Button. Plainly put, she annoys me. Really hoping that Fin grows up in the second book and that redemption is seen in her character. ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was not what I expected! And I really enjoyed it! Thrilling, unexpected, heart breaking, sad. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
Mari - loves to read
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Phineas(Fin for short) Button was left on the doorstep of Ebenezer orphanage in Georgia 17 years ago. Fin has grown up to become quite the tomboy, much to the Baab Sisters despair, she ought to have behaved like a lady and worn pretty dresses and a bonnet over her hair. When the opportunity to do some carpentering presents itself Fin hopes to get chosen for the job, instead she is chosen to kitchen duty. Needless to say Fin is really disappointed but she finds comfort and friendship in the orpha ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, history
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Rachel John
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from a goodreads giveaway.
The back of the book had a short summary that I almost wish I hadn't read. I think it would have been more enjoyable going in with no ideas about the characters.

This is part one of a two book series basically about the Revolutionary War, Piracy, Love, Sin, and Redemption.

The main character Fin Button is left at an orphanage for not being a boy, and thereby begins her journey through life of not fitting in. She lives life by her own rules. There are only two p
Mandie Kok
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A rather slow start, but once we reached the docks and boarded a ship, it was off to the races. I do enjoy a good pirate story. There wasn't much piracy to speak of here, though, but plenty of hardships and some mutiny.

Initially I thought that this was a Young Adult novel, but it's a bit dark and despondent at times, so I guess it's targeted at adults. I certainly wouldn't want young people to read this, but I write this review after the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, so perhaps I am partic
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a historical fiction with captivating characters and a suspenseful plot. Phinea “Fin” Button’s adventure is delightfully unpredictable, and her haphazard decisions and feisty resilience made me love Fin Button (great name, by the way) more and more with every turn of the page.

Hip hip hooray for Pete Peterson's debut book. I can't wait for more of Fin's story in "Fiddler's Green."

"…time has a way of leading a person along a crooked path. Sometimes the path is hard to hold to and p
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
An entertaining read, though many of the characters are pretty cliche. I know sounds more harsh than I intend. Character become cliche from overuse, and they are overused because they entertain and move the story forward.

My biggest problem with the book was my inability to feel any sympathy for the main character. Fin Button the cause of all the trouble in her own life, as well as most the trouble in most the lives around her. I couldn't bring myself to root for a character who harmed everyone a
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya-fiction
What what life can you claim when all you know is that, from the beginning, you were unwanted? What story can be weaved from strands of rejection and loneliness. What song can be sung with notes of melancholy and loss?
A. S. Peterson reaches deep into the heart with this novel of a girl in an orphanage whose unique and often unacceptable approach to life takes her farther than she dared hoped and lands her in deeper waters than she might have dreamed. But in these waters, she discovers a song, a
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“…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.” 26 likes
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