Monday, July 4, 2016
A Flight of Arrows- Lori Benton
Description: It is said that what a man sows he will reap--and for such a harvest there is no set season. No one connected to Reginald Aubrey is untouched by the crime he committed twenty years ago.
Not William, the Oneida child Reginald stole and raised as his own. Identity shattered, enlisted in the British army, William trains with Loyalist refugees eager to annihilate the rebels who forced them into exile. Coming to terms with who and what he is proves impossible, but if he breaks his Loyalist oath, he'll be no better than the man who constructed his life of lies.
Not Anna, Reginald's adopted daughter, nor Two Hawks, William's twin, both who long for Reginald to accept their love despite the challenges they will face, building a marriage that bridges two cultures.
Not Good Voice and Stone Thrower, freed of bitterness by a courageous act of forgiveness, but still yearning for their firstborn son and fearful for the future of their Oneida people.
As the British prepare to attack frontier New York and Patriot regiments rally to defend it, two families separated by culture, united by love, will do all in their power to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
My Thoughts: Lori Benton has distinguished herself as one of my favorite authors and my absolute favorite historical fiction author. She's yet to publish a book I didn't like and every time I see she has a new book coming out, I squeal at my computer screen.
I always find my favorite books to be the hardest to review because there is not much that I have to say that is critical. For this duology, my least favorite part of these books is that there will not be a third one (so far as I am aware). As well, I did not like the ending of this one as much as I had the end of The Wood's Edge. I don't want to give anything away, but the outcome did leave me somewhat frustrated and angry.
The characters Lori creates are amazing. I loved Two Hawks and Anna's relationship and seeing all that they had to overcome to be together. And now that Stone Thrower is walking a good path, his and Good Voice's relationship was just as enjoyable.
What sets Lori's books apart, however, is the amount of historical detail she includes. In her books, the history is not just a backdrop for the story, but an active part of the plot. It truly makes the story come to life as though we were actually there. I can't wait to see what she writes next.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.