Flight of Arrows
About This Book
Hearts are Divided. Loyalties Will Be Tested. The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance.
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.
Two hours. That’s all the sleep I got last night, thanks to Lori Benton’s newest release, Flight of Arrows. Once I started this story, I could not put it down!
As a big fan of The Wood’s Edge, the first book in The Pathfinders series, I loved returning to colonial upstate New York and these characters. In her trademark lyrical style, Benton weaves an epic tale of forgiveness, longing, anguish, betrayal, and young love. Her writing is so different from what is typically found on store bookshelves today—long, flowing sentences with period-appropriate dialogue that emulate the way stories were actually written in the 18th and early 19th centuries—that it always takes me a few pages to sink into the story world. But once I do, I never want to leave.
Benton’s historical research is infallible. Every scene, every location came vividly to life. I felt I was right there in the apothecary kitchen with Anna and Lydia, and in the heat of terrifying battle with Two Hawks and William, the twin brothers on opposite sides of the war. My heart was pounding as I turned each page, breathless for the moment when they would finally meet. I particularly loved the continuing romance between Anna and Two Hawks, as well as the long-awaited acknowledgement of feelings between Lydia and Reginald. Even now as I type this, I feel like I’m gossiping about real people in the real world—that is the impeccable talent with which Benton brings her characters to life. They are all hopelessly flawed, which makes them instantly relatable and likable.
The power of this story lies in its spiritual themes. As Benton has skillfully done in all her books, I marveled at the intricate spiritual messages woven throughout this story. Courage and sacrifice, honor and duty, family and friendship, sacrifice and forgiveness . . . this story has it all, and packs quite a punch. The characters talk freely about their faith, and it is integral to the story, so I’m not entirely sure I would recommend this to my non-Christian family and friends.
I will point out that Flight of Arrows does not stand on its own; once really must read The Wood’s Edge first to truly appreciate this sequel. And the only reason I’m not giving this book five stars is because of the ending. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but suffice it to say, I felt the climatic moment we all knew was coming came a bit too soon, and as a result the final chapters dragged a bit for me.
But overall, Flight of Arrows is an astonishing tale of forgiveness, redemption, and the triumph of sacrificial love, set against the turbulent early days of the American Revolution. For anyone who loves stories like Last of the Mohicans or Drums along the Mohawk, this book is a must-read!
Available April 19, 2016 from WaterBrook Multnomah