An Historical Novel Full of Romance and Adventure
At the end of the book the author has left a list of books that she used to establish this story about the year 1734 in the Appalachian Mountains of the U.S. in the lands of the Cherokee when the English were trying to establish a mutual relationship with them in lieu of the French who were using the Mohawks to establish a hold. The book contains many Cherokee myths and the system and politics by which they lived. The female protagonist New Moon is a young widow, who is a sister to Chief Dancing Cloud and she has visions about anything important that will be coming into her life. She meets an Englishman, James Fitzgerald, who takes the name of Red Panther, and is spying for his king, but has spent so much time with the Indians that he dresses like one, lives like a Cherokee and takes his place as a warrior. In due course, New Moon, although she tries to fight it off because he is a white man, falls in love with Red Panther and he falls in love with her.
The story is full of action as the various male Indians test each other physically and then end up battling the Mohawks. Red Panther is an extremely powerful and well developed man and New Moon is a beautiful young woman. The story is a page turner because there is so much action, but perhaps the story is overloaded with the romance between New Moon and Red Panther. In fact, it seems to be about half of the novel. I like romances but not to the point that it is the story, although the author does call this an historical romance.
However I truly enjoyed the tale and much of it was because of the revelation of the life style of the Cherokees. Also the story needs editing in order to make it professional.
I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.