Title: Wandering Spirit’s Last Song
Author: Rose Christo
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: Lenalena
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
War Chief Wandering Spirit is charged with a horrible crime he didn’t commit. Feared and hated, outcast and reviled, the River People become the most hunted animal in North America. Only one man has the power to clear their name–and he doesn’t want to.
Based on the true story of the Frog Lake Massacre.
The big question with most Rose Christo novels: On a scale of ‘OMG how many natives are going be massacred in this novel?’, where does this book rate between White Buffalo Calf Warriors and The Place Where They Cried? I’d say at about an 8.5.
So yes, this is a sad story with few survivors and lots of betrayal, but as usual, it is beautifully written and the MC is fascinating. Despite the depressing topic, I keep coming to these sort of books by Rose Christo, because they instill a sense of beauty and loss that I that I would rather experience than miss out on. Also, this bloody part of American history happened and the more people know it, the better.
In the romance department it hopped a bit quickly from lust to love and I am not so sold on the cause of the conflict (I think it would have happened no matter what) and I would have liked another scene set in a more distant future, but those issues barely took it down from 5 to 4 stars.