Two Rivers (The Peacemaker Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The only other thing I would say is that this story of remarkable people makes me want to get out and re-read my dad's old, old book from his youth "Drums Along the Mohawk," which also takes place in much of the geographic area of "Two Rivers."
Tekeni is a boy who has been captured from another tribe and adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Wyandot people on the far side of Lake Ontario.
But the Wyandot do not trust him, and because he was old enough to remember his own tribe when he was adopted, he still holds a great deal of resentment for them as well. When he is attacked physically and verbally by the irascible Yeentso from a neighboring lodge during a game, his anger gets the better of him, and he strikes out seriously injuring the other man. Another warrior, a man called Two Rivers, comes to his aid and tries to calm tempers. But mostly all he succeeds in doing is drawing the anger of the others on himself.
It turns out that Two Rivers has a long history of trying to persuade his people to do things that would improve their own lives – things like giving up the constant warfare in which they have begun to engage. This primarily makes most of the other people angry with him.
When it appears that Yeentso will live, the tribal elders decide that Tekeni will not be put to death for injuring him but will instead be required to pay the other clan five skins in compensation for the injuries to Yeentso and the time lost at work by other members of his family. Two Rivers suggests that there is a large grizzly bear he can get whose pelt the other clan may take as full payment, and volunteers to help him hunt it. To do so, however, he has to pass up the chance to go on the latest raid, and when the War Chief and Two Rivers’ best friend are killed while on the raid, people blame him for helping the unpopular foreign boy rather than going on the raid.
Matters go from bad to worse, and Yeentso and his friends initiate a plot to get rid of both Tekeni and Two Rivers.
This is a good story that captures a slice of life in the village. I especially liked the scenes with Seketa, Tekeni’s love interest. I had to get the rest of the series right away.
Also, this series has some of the best book covers I have seen recently!