3 out of 4 stars
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The Raven's Trail - Book One by Liz D Marx is a historical fiction based on the Tula tribe of Native Americans. Chloe Doyle, a historian at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has been recurrently dreaming about a long lost Indian tribe and a young maiden Adsila, the daughter of their Chenesi. 'Lady' is her imaginary friend who guides her to find the meaning of these dreams or visions, ultimately revealing her true self.
The journey begins when Chloe finds an artifact at the Institution that she had dreamt. The stone illuminates at her touch, light pouring out of the ancient carvings on its surface. With her profound knowledge of Native American history, Chloe is determined to unveil the mystery of the stone as well as her dreams.
Embarking on this path of life, she meets Mason green, an embodiment of Prince Kaye from the dreams, and they eventually fall in love. At the end of an eventful, adventurous, and magical expedition, they reinvent the purpose of their existence.
An intriguing story indeed, Liz D Marx has been successful in telling the tale in all the mojo and awe it stands for. The Tula tribe of Native Americans is known only through the chronicles of the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto. The tribe is allegedly famous for its magical, supernatural concepts and rituals. The author reimagines the story of the tribe and its extermination, taking it to another level through the protagonists.
Marx has well portrayed the intensity of the emotions that Adsila and Kaye have to go through. Meanwhile, she has made sure that the readers do not get confused between the dreams and reality. Chapter breaks are wherever necessary and apt. She also provides a glossary of the Native American terms used; at the very beginning.
I have encountered only a few errors throughout the book. Though the story is very engaging, it has a slight inclination to the clichés. I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars, reducing one star for the reasons mentioned above. Otherwise, the book proves to be a good read all the same.
I am happy to recommend this book to young readers who still believe in the magic and mysteries of life. The book can turn out to be unputdownable to the dreamy ones who love imagining themselves to be a character out of a story, and mostly teenagers. The book ends with a cliffhanger indicating a Part 2 - The Binding Stone (The Raven's Trail - Book 2). It was delighting and worthwhile reading the book.
The Raven's Trail (Book 1)
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