Friday, May 31, 2019

Broken Sword by Phil Tomkins

This story is historical fiction about the conflict between the English and the French on the east coast in Canada and the northern US.  It is also the tale of Lorcan Travis who emigrated from Ireland to fight for the British.  He thought Indians were brutal savages.  They were but they were more than that...

BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The fighting between the French and English was brutal.  I didn't know much about this history so that made it an interesting read for me.  I also enjoyed watching Lorcan learn the Indians were smart.  After he had distinguished himself fighting, he finds himself assigned to be part of an Indian scouting group.  As he learns the way of Indians he begins to respect them.

Both sides had tribes of Indians helping them.  Most of the Indian tribes were enemies anyway, so it was easy to decide which side they fought on.

Lorcan is working with White Owl, who doesn't like his sword.  He throws it on the ground several times but Lorcan picks it up and puts it back in its sheaf.  Then White Owl breaks the point.  He still puts it away, but in time it earns him the name Broken Sword.

Broken Sword falls in love and marries but he loses her and his stepson to smallpox.  He continues fighting.This is a seven year war and it seems it will never end.

I like reading historical fiction.  It fills in the blanks in my education.  I also have an interest in Indians.  I have Indian relatives.  And, no, they are not dumb.

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