A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Four Silver Stars

A Flight of ArrowsA Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

He’d risked his life to fulfill a promise made with the giving of those white beads… Submitted, at rest, and victorious. This was what the Almighty could do with a man, if he would only submit his heart.

What began with a stolen biracial baby and the rumble of impending revolution in The Wood’s Edge becomes a mix of reconciliation and all-out war in A Flight of Arrows by author Lori Benton.

As battle lines are drawn and crossed, there’s aligning, clashing, and fighting among and between cultures, white and Native American. But love, grace, courage, and forgiveness also make their marks in this sequel. The author shapes key aspects of the returning characters’ collective journey in a style that’s beautiful and heartrending, bringing everything that they feel to life. And the use of Scripture here is brilliant: deft, spot-on, positively poetic.

The read is dense, detailed, and contemplative, which I appreciate, since much of the story’s weight is found in the characters’ hearts and minds. Yet, like the preceding novel, a lot of this story seems to be “waiting,” positioning and repositioning, waiting for “something” coming. So with the exception of a few events that gripped me in Part One, I didn’t fully get into the novel until around the second half.

Also, as there was much to resolve by the end, it almost felt like the book had too many endings, or perhaps too many concluding speeches. I think a story can only remain in its bittersweet closing stages for so long before it runs the risk of feeling a little too sentimental.

Now, one does have to read the first book in The Pathfinders series to understand this one and to thoroughly realize its significance. It’s well worth the time, given the depth, poignancy, and redemption in this historical saga.

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Here’s my review of the first book in The Pathfinders series, The Wood’s Edge.

The Wood's Edge

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