"terrific Indian romantic fantasy"
In 1817 on the NW Plains, elderly medicine man White Claw
explains to the four preadolescents the curse of their
tribe. Many moons ago, after killing 200 buffalo they
killed a bird. That senseless murder angered Thunderer who
took away the souls of four women. The irate tribe
retaliated by killing four of Thunderer's children. In a
rage he starts to eradicate the tribe of 2000, but the
Creator intercedes by placing the tribe under a curse. Two
days a year they will live on the mortal plane; the rest of
the year in an ephemeral existence. The only hope to escape
the curse resides in the Chosen One who must perform a
heroic sacrificial deed by the time he is thirty.
In 1835, Burnt Chest knows he is running out of time to
save his tribe but instead rescues Angelia Honeywell and
her brother who lead a wagon train through the wilderness
though they know nothing about the job, endangering their
passengers to escape the law. As he helps them and he falls
in love with Angelia, Burnt Chest knows he must not lose
sight of his quest, but she is so pretty and warm as she
reciprocates his deepest feelings.
THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR is a terrific Indian romantic
fantasy that readers will enjoy from the moment when White
Claw explains the dilemma to the four preadolescents. Burnt
Chest is fabulous as he knows time is running out on his
mission, but prefers spending what's left of his clock with
Angelia. Though the emphasis is more on the romance, this
fast-paced story line is driven by the desperation of Burnt
Chest, who understands what is at stake.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 31, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2007