From Goodreads: “In the remote winter landscape a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl violently re-ignites a deep rift between two tribes. The girl’s captor, Bird, is one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors and statesmen. Years have passed since the murder of his family, and yet they are never far from his mind. In the girl, Snow Falls, he recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter, but as he fights for her heart and allegiance, small battles erupt into bigger wars as both tribes face a new, more dangerous threat from afar.”
The Orenda is a fascinating look at Canada’s early history. Narrated by three characters. we hear the perspectives of a French Missionary, a tribal leader, and a young girl. Rich in imagery and prose, Joseph Boyden weaves a story that is as interesting as it is brutal. I’m not that squeamish and I have to admit there were times when I thought the author spent too much time elaborating on the violence in their lives. But perhaps that was the point. It was a time where values, faith and culture demanded balance – even retribution.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
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