Burning Sky is another of those review books that I picked out and then let sit on the shelf for a while. I'm not sure why, but occasionally a book will look really good- until it arrives in person. Then I wonder if I'm ready to read it, and somehow, it gets shuffled along to the bottom of the pile.
I left Burning Sky there a while. It's a very thick book, and I kept thinking that I wasn't ready for that time commitment. And then I picked it up and began to read. And for over a week now, I've been immersed.
It's the kind of book I that I found myself thinking of when I wasn't with it. I wondered how the characters were doing and what was happening to them. (Don't laugh. If you're a reader, you understand.) The time period captured me. The characters drew me in. The drama kept me reading and reading. And I was oh so glad it was a lengthy book and was sad last night to see it end even though I loved it until the last word.
The story takes place in the 1700s after the Revolutionary War. Willa Obenchain- Burning Sky-was abducted by Mohawk Indians when she was fourteen. As she lives with the People, she begins a new life. When her Mohawk family dies, she returns to her birth family. But the War has passed and Willa finds things very changed. As she struggles to adjust to the new world around her, readers get a glimpse of life in early America on the frontier and the relationship between the new settlers and the Indians.
Good historical fiction can draw you into the story while giving insight into the historical period. Good historical fiction gives details about the time period and the historical places and people without the reader feeling as if it's a lesson. Burning Sky is really good historical fiction. And I'm having a little trouble getting over it.
I give this one 5 stars and a PG-13 for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.