Friday, August 26, 2016

A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

The Revolutionary War has torn a seam between brothers and friends as American and British armies collide, with Native Americans on both sides of the fight. In its fray, another war rages: Reginald Aubrey is paying the price for a long ago crime that has lead to many broken hearts- the taking of a child not his own. Now as these two families mesh amidst the sparks of battle, a story of poignant forgiveness and grace and heartbreak unfolds. We find in this rich continuation of the Path Finders chronicle a reflection of Christ's love for His children as well as those who wronged Him. 

Regrettably, I did not read the first book in this series and was concerned that I may be somewhat lost starting on a sequel. It did take the first several chapters to get my bearings and grasp who everyone was and how they were connected, but before long I was swept into the story, eager to see what would come next. I enjoyed the rich text, though it also made it easy to overlook details if you hurried too fast, which I sometimes I did. I also appreciated that the characters' speech was realistic for the era in which they lived, contrary to over-modernized renderings of some historical fiction. The one thing I did find distracting was all of the flashbacks, especially during the first half of the book. In nearly every scene a character would reflect on an earlier conversation with someone that was not previously told. Sometimes it made sense to do so, other times it seemed like it would have been better to simply turn the memory into an actual scene and let events unfold naturally. But I suppose this might have been due to the author trying to keep the story from being too long. That said, this didn't necessarily take from the story, which I did very much enjoy.
Often, Benton makes you feel as though you are standing and beholding the scenes for yourself, rather than just reading words on a page. 

I am now curious about the first book and if there are to be more in the future I eagerly anticipate their release. Overall, an enthralling read. 4.5 stars out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for the honest opinions expressed in this review.