Wednesday, May 11, 2016
A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton
From the publisher:
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
This is book two in the Pathfinder Series. If you have not read book one I highly and strongly suggest that you go read it before you begin this one. It will not only help you fully understand the story but it is an incredible book as well.
I am not a fan of books that span large gaps of time. I feel that the story telling is lacking and that large chunks of important information are left out. This was not the case at all in The Wood's Edge and A Flight of Arrows. Brilliantly written and spaced this book will draw you into the world of the characters and their stories.
I love the attention to details that Lori Benton writes with. Not just the historical details but the details of how they would have talked really stood out to me. I really felt as if I could better understand both the Native Americans and the settlers through the words and actions that Lori Benton describes.
These characters are deep and through the two books you will see the richness fully developed. Lydia, Anna, Reginald, William, Good Voice, Stone Thrower, Two Hawks, and others I came away feeling as if they were people I could know and found myself thinking of their story long past when I put the book down.
Spiritually...I am blown away. These two books have together portrayed one of the most moving and compelling pictures of what the gospel can do in the lives of those who turn to the Creator God and His Son, Jesus. I found my eyes filled with tears as I was moved by this story and the writing so brilliantly done.
I highly recommend this book and the series to everyone.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by Beth-Anne