From the author of A River too Deep and Light Bird’s Song comes Straight Flies the Arrow
During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.
Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.
I know others have enjoyed this book as a standalone but I think I would not have enjoyed it if I hadn't read the other two first, so with saying that I am going to include the links to my reviews for them, so you can check them out if you want.
http://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-river-too-deep-by-sydney-tooman-betts.html and http://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com/2015/10/light-birds-song-by-sydney-betts-with-q.html.
"Straight Flies The Arrows" by Sydney Betts is the third book in this series. It kept my interest till the very last page and then I wanted more. Yes, the book ended without a cliff hanger and it ended at a good point, but I want to read more of these characters.
This book had me wanting to skip to the end because of something that was happening in the story but I am so glad that I didn't give into the temptation. It was worth the wait and if I had let temptation win, I don't think the ending would have had such a great impact.
The book did not end the way I was hoping it would but I have to say it did end with a perfect ending, by this I mean it is the way I think real life worked out especially with Indian tribal wars. Let me end this train of thought with just saying the ending is bittersweet. I could say more but don't want to give anything away, but I will add I think the ending will surprise you!
I don't think I have a favorite character from this story, but I do have one that I didn't like at all, his name was Red Fox, he was just evil and mean.
This book has many Biblical Scriptures and life lessons but is not preachy, I am going to include a quote from the book , but the book has many more such thought provoking quotes to take to heart " Most sins are not seen, even by the keenest eye. They lay deeply in the heart." I have a lot of quotes underlined in this book. It is a kindle copy so no, I didn't write in my book, but I think I would still have underlined some even if it I would have read the print book!
I recommend this and the other two books to anyone who loves Christian, Inspiration Fiction and Historical and Romance and Indians.
This book is definitely five stars to me.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author. These opinions are my own.
Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.
While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.
Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.