"Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!"
The Sacred Council of Arrows chooses time wanderers to aid
the Cheyenne in times of trouble. They cannot change the
past, only influence with hope that their advice will be
put to good use.
Ethan Gray of modern time is chosen to go back to 1864
because of his knowledge of the people. He's known as Meko
in this time, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. When
Meko captures Francesca (Cesca) Duvall, he never thought he
would be in jeopardy of losing his heart. His stay in the
past will eventually come to an end when the Council
decides he has fulfilled his mission. Or if he is on the
threshold of death, he must then let the power of the raven
course through his veins and take him to the heavens and
back to the present. Only now he fears he cannot do as the
Council bids when his heart and soul belongs to Cesca.
When Cesca is first taken, she bravely stands up to Meko,
stating she will never accept her life among the Cheyenne.
Brave words, but her heart has other plans and she finds
herself longing for Meko's touch.
Marsh Duvall, Cesca's brother is also taken in the raid,
but his captor, Choking Wolf takes great delight in abusing
him. Cesca can't stand by and see her little brother hurt.
She vows to see him safely away from the Cheyenne, even if
it means her death.
Through the lives of these three people, Ms. Bryan spins a
vivid account of how grueling and sometimes brutal the life
of a Dog Soldier could be. I loved how she wove the rituals
and beliefs of the Cheyenne people throughout the tale as
if you were there seeing it first hand. The passion between
Cesca and Meko is endearing as they learn to trust and
accept each other for who they truly are. Marsh's
acceptance of the Cheyenne ways is believable, giving a
full account of the ordeal expected of him to become a Dog
Soldier. I also liked her secondary characters. Brown Wing,
the old woman who befriends Cesca and Strikes First's, who
is loyal to Meko.
This is a historical romance sure to magically sweep you
back in time. A must read!
Reviewed by: Karen
Michelle Nutt, author
Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted June 11, 2009