Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Fiores fictionalized story of Shawnee war leader Tecumseh focuses on his relationship with his brother, Tenskwatawa, as well as his apocryphal love for Rebecca Galloway. Tecumseh is determined from a young age to play his part in the fight to keep white men from overrunning Shawnee and other Indian lands. His father and later his older brother, Chiksika, are killed in battle, leaving Tecumseh to lead his band of Shawnee and, later, an increasingly large confederation devoted to halting the settlers. Rebecca, once a captive in his village, is the daughter of a judge who wants Tecumseh to sign a treaty ceding Shawnee lands. Tecumseh refuses but falls in love with Rebecca. Tenskwatawa is portrayed as weak, a drunkard, and a gambler, until he returns from death imbued with great power. Even then, he is not a competent general and the Indian settlement of Tippecanoe is sacked by the forces of William Henry Harrison. Tecumsehs Shawnee descendants may well tell his story differently but this works adequately as a piece of fiction. (BookLife)