Review of A Flight of Arrows: Historical Fiction from Lori Benton

Leah Courtney
Over the past year I've read for review two books in a series by Lori Benton. The books are set in the 1770s during the Revolutionary War. They feature white people who end up fighting with the militiamen for America and American Indians from several tribes. I reviewed the first two books here- Burning Sky and The Wood's Edge. I was very excited to see the third book in the series- A Flight of Arrows. The Wood's Edge and A Flight of Arrows center on the same characters and are called the Pathfinder series. Burning Sky had different main characters, but some of them are in the later books as well.

Review of Flight of Arrows: historical fiction

From the book's description:

Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.

No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.

Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies. 

As with the previous books, I loved this one. The story line was especially interesting to me because of the historical time period. I honestly haven't read much about the Revolutionary War in regards to the American Indians and their role in the war. At the end of the book, the author offers some explanation about the events and which from the book were historically accurate. She also lets readers know what happened to the real characters from the story.

The writing in the book is beautiful. It is rich in descriptions. And the book is full of the story of the gospel without being "preachy" at all. 

The characters are well developed. I found myself getting to know and love them over the course of the books. There is a good balance of action and the characters' thoughts and feelings, letting the reader into their lives.

I loved A Flight of Arrows, and I can definitely recommend it with a 5 star rating. You can find the book on Amazon here and you can read a sample of it below.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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