Best Indie Book Award 2013 - Winner - Mainstream Category
Smith has created a wealth of history and culture that will make you weep. Creating words and phrases with a poetic sense, building a feel for Native American culture that feels so genuine and, yet, is eminently readable. Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my! - Kathy Davie
Mr. Smith has written a fantastic tale from the Native American point of view about the conquest of the New World by Hernando DeSoto. He has done impeccable research . . . made that period in our history come alive for me. I learned much more about the conquest of the New World and life around the Mississippi River that now makes me want to read even more. Kindle Book Review - Dawn Edwards
I love this story, and I applaud Daniel A. Smith on his diligent research. Smith writes some strong characters in this gripping story. Every human emotion is engaged, and at times I felt like I was right there with Manaha and the tribes who fought against DeSoto. Superbly done. I'm sure I will be reading this book again. The Jelly Bomb Review - SK
A brilliant piece of writing, backed by immaculate research and a real feel for the period. The sheer beauty of the prose will keep readers mesmerized - as I was. Sheila Mary Taylor, author Count to Ten and Pinpoint
From the Inside Flap
The first recorded Europeans to cross the Mississippi River reached the western shore on June 18, 1541. Hernando de Soto and his army of three-hundred-fifty conquistadors spent the next year and half conquering the nations in the fertile flood plains of eastern Arkansas.
Three surviving 16th century journals, written during the expedition, detailed a complex array of twelve different nations. Each had separate beliefs, languages and interconnected villages with capital towns, comparably in size to European cities of the time. Through these densely populated sites, the Spanish carried a host of deadly old-world diseases, a powerful new religion and war.
No other Europeans ventured into this land until French explorers arrived one-hundred-thirty years later. They found nothing of the people or the towns that the Spanish had so vividly described.