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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prairie Spirit: A Bond Unbroken by Shannon Rouchelle

Prairie Spirit: A Bond Unbroken by Shannon Rouchelle
Publisher: Devine Destinies Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Heat Level:sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Lavender

On the night of his journey into manhood, Colton Falcon’s destiny is revealed through his grandfather. He sees a beautiful dark-haired woman standing on the edge of a cliff, waiting for her true love.

Through the powers of his grandfather, Colton is transported back in time. He witnesses the lives of two warrior brothers on a mission to bring justice to the untamed land. During their countless battles, they cross the path of Cheyanne, the mysterious woman by the cliff, and make the ultimate sacrifice to save her life.

After the visions pass, Colton is brought back to the present. His journey of discovery soon begins as he leaves his village to find Cheyanne and bring their lives to completion. But can he find her in time?

Prairie Spirit: A Bond Unbroken is an interesting, fast-paced story. The hero, Colton Falcon, a Native American, and his grandfather have a revealing conversation of things mystical. This is the night of Colton’s discovery of manhood.

This is a story within a story, and the two connect. Colton has a vision of warriors fighting and a beautiful woman who intrigues him.

I liked the setting, the village and set-up. The mystical feel of this presentation is pleasing as well. However, there were some point of view issues; for example: “Colton didn’t realize this would be his last night in the village.” -- if we are in Colton's POV he wouldn't be able to think this. A small thing, perhaps, but still frustrating for me.

I liked Colton and the warrior brothers, Achak and Moki, as well. The woman, Cheyanne was also a good character, but she doesn’t meet the hero until late in the story. She is a sad woman with a problem, and only the hero could help her find happiness, but most of the tale is that story within a story about the brothers, Achak and Moki.

The characters have magical abilities. This was a nice touch to the story. Supernatural gifts, such as the strength of the wolves, came in handy.

Much of this story was distant and telling, and this diminished the potential emotional impact. The vagueness made things hard to visualize at times. Even so, it was an adventure to read, and the brotherly loyalty was touching.

If you’re looking for a quick read in the fantasy genre, this could be the one for you.