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Mystic Visions Hardcover – May 5, 2000
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Picking up where she left readers in Mystic Dreamers, the initial volume in this series, Bittner explores the efforts of holy woman Buffalo Dreamer and her warrior husband, Rising Eagle, to fend off encroaching white settlers in the Lakota tribe's Black Hills. The narrative begins in 1836 and spans more than a decade. The heart of the book is the evolving relationship between the Lakota couple as well as the fate of their children, two of whom succumb in a smallpox epidemic introduced by the settlers. Rising Eagle survives smallpox, vowing to avenge his children's deaths. Also central to the story is an Oglala woman who now lives among whites, named Florence. She once loved Rising Eagle, but married an abusive white man, became an alcoholic and gave her son, Little Wolf, to Rising Eagle to raise as his own. When Lakota warriors attack white settlers traveling across buffalo country, Rising Eagle rapes a white woman, Mary Higgins, brings her back as a slave and also captures the woman's 10-year-old blond daughter, whom he renames Yellow Bonnet. Eventually traded back to the white settlers, Mary leaves Yellow Bonnet behind, as well as a newborn son she bears to Rising Eagle, whom Florence, now married to a kind preacher, raises. Bittner's descriptions of Lakota life are impeccably researched, with impressive scenes of visions and ceremonies. But her Lakota characters are all highly idealized, to the point where Bittner justifies Rising Eagle's brutal rape and kidnapping as a culturally viable tactic of war, further portraying the rape victim as weak, hypocritical and self-absorbed. Most of the settlers are treated as one-dimensional perpetrators, while the Lakota are given full range of emotion and spiritual depth. The result is an unbalanced tale stumbling when describing interaction between white and Lakota characters, but bringing a variety of intriguing Native American characters to life. (May)
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On Mystic Dreamers
Filled with suspense and high emotion, quests and visions, this compelling love story is sure to please Bittner's fans and to win over new converts, especially as sequels are planned. (Booklist)
"Beautifully written and structured. . . . [Mystic Dreamers] is the West of blood, tears, and transcendent dreams. (Loren D. Estleman, author of Thunder City)
Rosanne Bittner is one of the best writers of Native American romance stories and Mystic Dreamers is one of her best efforts to date (Janelle Taylor, bestselling author of Lakota Dawn)
On Song of the Wolf
Powerful, mystical and eloquent. . . . Historical fiction at its very, very best. (Romantic Times)
A gentle work, thoughtful and sympathetic. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My heart bleeds for what I know is coming not just for the very proud Lakota people but for all the Indians, it never should have come to this! If the white many would have just seen the Indians as brothers and asked to share not own the lands things would have been so different for all of us.
Think about it ... White men as well as other races have ruined the land, they have shown just how greedy man can be! They are never satisfied with what they have, they always want more and more! And they must own everything they see and touch.
They could have learned so much from the Indians if they had only been humble, but no, they had to insist that the Indians had to change to the white mans law and ways of thinking and living. White men has done this to every other race also, just look at the Blacks, Chinese, etc, etc. why? We are not the superior race! Jehovah made all men from one man and woman ~ Adam and Eve, so no one is better than the next one!
Anyway I'm on to the 3rd book Mystic Warriors! As sad as I know it will be I just know I will love it too.