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The Fiddler's Gun

(Fin's Revolution #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  177 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
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
Luisa Knight
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I did not finish the book. I got to page 68. Maybe it's redeeming later but I don't really care to stick with it. Sorry.

I'm just not into the character. And it's kind of hard to be when the girl is rebellious (and I really mean completely rebellious); even laughing over incidents in her past when she broke the rules/disobeyed. She also seethes whenever she has to act remotely feminine ... seethes. Really?

In another review, I mention in more detail how much I really don't like books that purpose
Lili P
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. It’s so well-written and hooking. I couldn’t put it down!
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
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
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 s
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.
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.
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
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've read and loved The Wingfeather Saga by the author's brother Andrew Peterson, which is how I found out about this series. I figured, I like historical fiction and I love his brother's work, so I would probably like this series as well. Besides, it had such high reviews.

Well, that was a mistake.

I'll say what I liked about it first: the setting, atmosphere, and writing were all well-done. From a technical perspective, this is a good book.


The main character was, to me, unbearable. She was s
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can’t wait to hand this one over to my daughter because I know she will love it. If you or your teen loved Daughter of the Pirate King, then you will like this one, though Fiddler’s Gun is heavier on the action and lighter on the romance and both boys and girls will be drawn to the story.

When the story begins, Fin is a restless orphan. Her impulsive, rebellious nature leads her to make some bad decisions (really bad) that change the course of her life. This novel is set in Georgia during the R
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
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
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
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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, 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
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.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though the beginning was slow and hard to get into, A.S. Peterson has done a remarkable job bringing this time period to life. I had high expectations for this book and I'm pleased to say I was not disappointed. Though the death of one of the characters at the end (can't give names because SPOILERS) felt much too rushed to have an emotional impact on me, it was a riveting read with a beautiful tale of redemption. I can't wait to get to the next book!!!
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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Five stars is not enough. I loved this book!
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!
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.
Cyndy Defnall
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I originally thought it was more of a young adult novel, but having read it I would say that it is more for adults or possibly high schoolers. I would definitely advise reading it before handing it over to a middle school aged child. That being said it is a great adventure story with enough truth woven in to make it real and characters that grab hold of you. The story draws you in slowly and holds on tight. It begins with an orphanage and before long you encounter British sold ...more
Brook Beasley
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I agree with some other reviewers that it took a while to finally settle in to this book, but once the plot started to pick up, I couldn’t put it down! I listened to the audiobook version (read by the author, he has a free playlist of it on Spotify) while driving on a long road trip and absolutely boo-hooed at Bartimaeus’s “I’m still standing” line. This book will make you feel the feels, in the most unexpected ways. The second installment (The Fiddler’s Green) is one of my Top 10 favorite books ...more
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