ISBN# (10): 0-451-22174-5/ (13): 978-0-451-22174-2
July 6, 2007
Signet (Penguin Group)
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
$6.99 U.S./$9.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Chief Shadow Bear has seen twenty-five winters as a young warrior of the Gray Owl Band of the Lakota tribe. His grandmother sees a vision that worries him. His brother is due home and has not returned, which makes him worry further.
At the age of eighteen, Shiona Bramlett just lost her father. He was a Colonel at Fort Chance but now she, her mother, and brother are left alone after his burial and the closing of the Fort. Before his death, he tells Shiona about some gold that would give them a chance to have a wealthy life when they return to Kansas City.
Shadow Bear must find his brother, Silent Arrow, who should have been home by now after doing a sacred deed, from a recent successful hunt. His grandmother, Dancing Breeze, who has the ability of foretelling events, foresees Silent Arrow in trouble as well as their families. The people must be spared and by preparing for what she has seen in her vision, she feels they will have a chance. She knows that with the lack of rain, just one lightning strike could cause everything to go up in smoke. Shiona cannot believe she is alone with no family after an Indian arrow kills her father as he searches for gold. When she, her mom, and brother, Seth, head back on the stagecoach to Kansas City, her mother is killed by an arrow when she and Seth take a moment out to go find the gold their father spoke of. Unfortunately, Seth is killed, too, leaving her alone until she is face-to-face with an Indian. Shiona and Shadow Bear are caught up in the midst of unrest that draws them together in many ways. He will not allow any harm to her as they find they are being stalked while searching for his brother.
Shadow Bear is a captivating tale that draws the enchanting characters together in a most loving way. They both have been tormented by loss which only brings each comfort when they are together. Left alone, Shiona shows her strength and determination in not allowing anyone to push her over. Shadow Bear is gracious in his actions and his loss makes him stronger. I enjoyed how Ms. Edwards added some spirituality to the storyline with the seasoning of Dancing Breeze and her visions that keep the story flowing. She creates a dastardly villain that makes the skin crawl. Shadow Bear and Shiona make this story come alive as they work through their differences amidst many downfalls. Ms. Edwards never disappoints this reader in her classic tales.
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