Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey is a historical novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy historical fiction thrillers and archaeological mysteries. James Andrews has dedicated years of his life to locating the tomb of Genghis Khan. After years of searching, he finally finds a bone of Genghis Khan’s when on a dig on Mongolia's holy mountain, Burkhan Khaldun. All tests point to the bone truly being Genghis Khan’s; the DNA found on the bone offers just enough information to take James and his collaborator, Abbey Conrad, on a journey to discover the Khan’s secrets. Will the two partners be able to work together to uncover mysteries left untouched since the thirteenth century, or will all their hopes go up in smoke?
The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey is an interesting read with well-developed characters and an intricate plot line. The plot reminded me a bit of the old Indiana Jones movies with how it combines action, history, and archaeology together into a seamless plot line. However, unlike Indiana Jones, I felt that the characters had more individual personality and that their personalities were not merely a byproduct of the plot line. I did have some difficulty distinguishing between fact and fiction in this book as I was unsure how much of the information on Genghis Khan’s life was conjecture, fact, or fiction. That aside, I did really enjoy reading this book and I really hope the author decides to write a follow up novel!