From New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor, comes her most compelling Native American saga. Taking you to an unforgettable time and place, the Great Plains of 1854, this magnificent novel of a proud warrior who must reclaim his heritage and the woman he is destined for, will move you with its breathtaking beauty and spellbinding passion. . .
Cloud Chaser was merely a boy of ten when a cruel twist of fate took him away from his family and changed his life forever. Now, after twelve years, he has returned home. Struggling to gain the trust and acceptanceof his tribe, Cloud Chaser is ready to face any obstacle to fulfill his dream of riding with the Lakota. But he never expects to lose his heart to the beautiful Indian maiden Dawn, who shared his wish of bringing peace to the Black Hills. Now as an even greater challenge awaits him, he and Dawn together strive to secure the future of their people-and their love. . .
"A STORY THAT WILL THRILL."
A combination of dreams and destiny lead Chase Martin (aka Cloud Chaser), who's half-white, half-Native American, to return to his Plains tribe in 1854. Having been presumed dead by the Red Shield Oglalas for over a decade (he was raised by whites), he must prove his identity and reassure his tribe of his loyalty. Complicating matters are Chase's immediate attraction to the beautiful Macha--the "Dawn" of the title--who is also desired by Chase's angry and distrusting cousin Two Feathers. Once Chase wins the tribe's acceptance, he becomes instrumental as a spy, since he can easily pass in the white and the Native worlds. Self-consciously awkward prose and stilted dialogue mar the adventure/romance mood Taylor attempts in the second volume of her four-book Lakota Skies Series. Readers new to her sugary style may cringe rather than swoon every time Chase addresses Macha as "sunshine of my heart." In Taylor's hands, Chase's attempts to make the whites deal fairly with the Indians and to get the Indians to adopt a stronger survival strategy don't ring true enough to persuade readers to suspend their knowledge of what ultimately happened, to the Indians, beyond the pages of this melodrama.