"A historical novel that is great reading"
In 1800, drought has driven the buffalo away while the
dryness makes wildfires frequent and nearly impossible to
stop. In this environment, the Cheyenne and their rival,
the Pawnee, vie for the dwindling food and water supplies
and tempers are quite high.
Two Cheyenne leaders Grey Bear and Lone Hawk disagree
on the future of their people. The intrepid Grey Bear
wants war with the Pawnee in a winner takes all deadly
scenario even though he knows many of his people will die.
The cerebral Lone Hawk realizes that the Pawnee share the
misery caused by the drought so that he wants both tribes
to cooperate for the betterment of everyone. As a fire
razes the Cheyenne, two women Touches the Wind and Seeks
Fire become involved in the leadership battle that will
determine the future of the Cheyenne.
CHEYENNE SUMMER is an exciting, action-packed, but deep
look at the Cheyenne. The story line provides an
incredible glimpse at a way of life during a major crisis.
The characters seem genuine though Grey Bear's military
response seems difficult to accept when so many bellies are
empty. Still Vella Munn paints an awesome landscape with
strong portraits that show she is quite an artist when it
comes historical fiction.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 30, 2001