Let me start this review saying that this book was well researched and the tension btw. the French/English influence was extremely well defined. Also the indian culture, is well described, with authentic names, well defined customs, and spirituality... The author does good job of describing the surrounding nature, places, and events.
The characters were a bit flat, and mostly unlikable, with the exception of the Indians. Basically all English and especially the French were evil, conniving monsters with nothing but the destruction of the Indian nations on their mind. I'm not saying that that was not the case, the problem I had with this was the presentation being one-sided, and very black and white. No political implications are ever presented, and though the writing screams judgment for the English/French it does not do so for the atrocities the Indians have visited on the settlers and on each other, though some are described in great, grisly detail, (such as the massacre of the people on the ship at the beginning of the book).
The biggest problem, I had with this book was with the heroine. She was immature, tantrum throwing, irresponsible brat, that annoyed me to no end. She caused the death of many, through suborn "my way or the highway" attitude, which was presented to us as the heroine being "fearless" and having a "back bone".
And there was the story line, which was misrepresented in the prologue. It was presented as a historical account of the Iroquois. It was to show how the hatred between English/French settlers and the hatred between the Indian nations allied with opposite groups, affected the individual people. I'm not saying that this was not the case, however it was just the background for the main story, which was a cheap penny-romance/ Harlequin. A total disappointment. However if you are in to fairly well written Indian romances with a bit of historical info, this might be the book for you.
A NOVEL OF THE IROQUOIS INDIAN - details of the life of the American Indian that were obviously researched
This was a pretty good read although it was slow in a few parts....but it is one worth finishing.
Little heavy on the reading for me.