Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sacred Writings: Beneath the Blackberry Moon- April Gardner

My Rating: 5 Stars

Description: Big Warrior Totka Hadjo enters his toughest battles yet—the fight for love, the invasion of fear, and the inescapable ashes of each.

The war has ended, and now, Totka Hadjo must endure eleven moons and twenty-six sleeps without his beloved Copper Woman. But he has a two-fold task to keep him occupied: establish a lodge deserving of her and challenge her Jesus Creator to a vision, to prove his existence.

Totka leaves the white settlements with Copper Woman’s holy book, an object with medicine strong enough to keep at bay the hounding ghosts of his unavenged ancestors. But the sacred writings cannot restrain the Bluecoat who has returned from the dead, the one who first owned her heart. From the far reaches of the Muscogee Confederacy, Totka is powerless to stop the onslaught of events that conspires to take his beloved from him forever.

Leaping Waters, Totka’s old passion, is a constant presence he cannot escape, but she might be able to unlock the spiritual mysteries found in the holy book’s talking leaves. While he wades through the confusing symbols, the Choctaws, his ancient enemy, are determined to seize prime Muscogee hunting lands. In the process, they aggravate wounds that might never heal and expose him to a truth too bitter to swallow.

Denial and revenge go down much easier.

My Thoughts: I was so afraid to start reading this book; afraid that it wouldn't live up to the first. I have read many other novels where the main characters split off from each other in the second book and I have never liked that second book until now. Though very different from the first part, The Sacred Writings is just as amazing and I'm a little thunderstruck by how much I enjoyed it.

What sets The Sacred Writings apart from other stories where the love interests are separated is that the majority of this story focuses only on Totka. April made the correct decision to let him hold the story since his is by far the most interesting plot line at this point in his and Copper Woman's story. And even though he and Copper Woman are  not together, she is never far from his thoughts and I love how their separation drove his character arc.

Though the romance is not quite as strong, there are enough scenes to keep the romantic tension going right along side every other conflict Totka has to deal with. *Hugs book to chest* I loved this book so much.

That is not to say that there are not a few problems. A couple scenes stretched on longer than I was willing to read through and I ended up skipping on to the next. As well, the very last connection found between Totka and Hilaho felt like far too much of a coincidence. However, if you loved the first part, you will adore this as well.

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