Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Crimson Path of Honor: A Book Review

By M.B. Tosi
Published by WestBow Press

Book Description:

In The Crimson Path of Honor, bestselling author of The Indian Path Series, M.B. Tosi, has penned a historical novel filled to the brim with high emotion, irresistible wit and authentic realism. In this, the third book in her beloved series, the Civil War is over, and a violent period known as the Indian Wars is erupting. Ignoring the danger, a feisty young woman from Boston rebels against her tyrannical father’s plans to marry her off to a family friend and seizes an opportunity to go west to teach. On the way to the Oregon Territory, her stagecoach is attacked, and she is captured by a marauding band of Lakota (Sioux) Indians who call the Rocky Mountains home. Accepting her perilous situation, the young woman courageously confronts the daily hardships inherent in early Native American life, but will her growing feelings for her captors begin to outweigh her allegiance to her past life?
This book has some violence relating to the Indian Wars in the 1860s.

My Thoughts:

I love reading about Native American history, in part because of my own Native heritage.  I think that is why perhaps this book made me a bit irritated and slightly crazy. First of all, I understand wanting to show a difference in cultures, but I feel that the author made the main girl in the book like a bratty modern American Teenager, not a young lady from a wealthy family in Boston in 1870's.  The voice is all wrong if they were going for a historical figure.   Secondly, I felt that the addition of spiritual matters was tacked on somehow to try to make me suddenly like this main character.  I wanted to try to like the main character when this line of plot was added about 67% the way through the book, but ti just seemed so out of character for her that it was unbelievable.  In conclusion, I felt the use of modern phrases and the historical segments that read like it was copied from a 1960's Edition of the encyclopedia Britannica made it a book I cannot recommend.

If you are looking for a more authentic historical fiction book series to read that involves the different Native Cultures, I would suggest you look at Stephanie Grace Whitson.

Thanks for stopping by to read my thoughts.

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