- File Size: 675 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: P. A. Bechko (July 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AVV6YS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cloud Dancer Kindle Edition
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When Cloud Dancer, a Kere Indian, first meets White Hawk, an Apache warrior, she is completely drawn to him and his strange ways. Not a fan of the typical "woman's work" of her people, she burns with the passion of becoming a warrior woman.
White Hawk is taken with her, as he works to teach the Kere learn the ways of war. They soon find themselves in love, but the Spaniards are coming, and they have no time to see what their new feelings mean. When the Spaniards come, Cloud Dancer is forced to witness the slaughter of her people, only to fall in the battle. Saved by a Spanish soldier, who had abandoned his people, he fleas the battle and carries the badly wounded Cloud Dancer to safety.
Through the struggle of being separated from her people and the hatred she holds in her heart for the Spanish, Cloud Dancer is forced to travel with this soldier. She battles with the want to harm any of the Spanish, but as she is on the brink of death, she is forced to let him care for her. She learns his language and he learns hers as they journey together out of the soldiers reach. Without giving too much away, her journey is a hard one that has her having to seek a tribe that will take her in, all the while dealing with the loss of her people and her love, White Hawk.
A true page turner, Cloud Dancer will have you emotionally entranced from beginning, all the way till the end. Any who seek stories filled with action, love, friendship, and wants to be transported into a long ago era, will absolutely love Bechko's novel. Her talent for description, strong plot, and characterization will have you finding a place in your heart for each and every one of her characters. Read this novel and let it take you into a truly exciting and heart wrenching tale. I am excited to read any and all work from Bechko, as she is proved to be an author with a true talent for the written word!
Being a Kere Native American woman required domesticity, certainly not a hunter and warrior, but Cloud Dancer was having none of that. She couldn't hide in her teepee any longer when the Spaniards came to take whatever food and supplies they wanted. She knew she had to stand up for her people.
In this battle, she lost. The Acoma Pueblo were wiped out. A handful managed to escape, seeking a new home with nearby tribes, but as a whole, the Acoma Pueblo were wiped out.
Cloud Dancer's life was saved by a young Spanish warrior, who knew his people were wrong. He risked everything saving her. It was from her new friend she learned to ride a horse and shoot "the stick that thunders."
Missing her family, friends, and previous lover - Apache warrior and medicine man, White Hawk - Cloud Dancer finds she is alone. As with other survivors from the Acoma Pueblo, she decides to live with an Apache tribe. Their ways are very different from the Kere ways, but she doesn't want to be alone, wanting to be a warrior and hunter for the Apaches. Her goal is to fight the Spaniards when they attack again.
The story of Cloud Dancer is a brilliant historical novel filled with Native American events and details for the passionate historical fiction reader. The romance added to the story, without lessening the historical significance.
I stumbled upon Cloud Dancer in my search for historical fiction and was so glad I did. I appreciated the research P.A. Bechko devoted to her book and I aspire to write my own historical novel with as much skill and expertise.