The Walkingstick saga returns in this second installment of Cowen’s 2016 mid-19th-century Cherokee narrative. This tale highlights Chewahnih’s mother, Willow of the Wind; and her soon to be husband, Snow Eagle.
Kirkus Review. . .The Civil War is hovering, and illegal slave traders have been committing atrocities within Oklahoma’s Cherokee
Territory. Specifically, raiders have been stealing Native American women and trading them for black slaves transported from the Caribbean. Snow Eagle’s troublesome daughter, Golden Meadow, is taken by slave traders. . .This adventurous plotline is supplemented by rarely taught historical details regarding slavery. . .Willow leads Meadow’s rescue and the stepsiblings fall in love. The bad guys are simply portrayed as evil incarnate… the other characters are well-drawn and engaging, and they include a couple of unusual figures: Six Toes, a domesticated but sometimes-fierce bobcat that Willow raised; and Angel, a fluffy, white wolf pup, given to Chewahnih as a wedding present by the wolf that protected her in the previous novel. Chewahnih’s and Willow’s abilities to communicate with animals add an enjoyable and occasionally humorous mystical element to
Cowen’s skillful narrative, which mixes sometimes-violent history, Cherokee traditionalism, and the normal conflicts of extended families. . . —Kirkus Review