Mary Jane D. (Arlington Heights, IL)
The Spirit Keeper
I seldom read historical fiction from this place and time period so was looking forward to a good adventure story with interesting details. I was disappointed somewhat. While it certainly tells about a great adventure for Katie, Syawa, and Hector I felt the characters were not wholly believable and the physiological interpretation of their feelings and thoughts was overdone. The story seemed to move rather slowly. The plot was good when the story progressed and there were some good twists and surprises. The book would be good for teenage girls because of the love story. Although the book is well researched anyone interested in details and history of this period would do better to find something else.
Gary R. (Bolingbrook, IL)
A great journey!
Being a fan of James Fenimore Cooper's Mohican books, I looked forward to going back to that time, and The Spirit Keeper does not disappoint. It's the story of Katie O'Toole, the thirteenth child of a family living in the Pennsylvania wilderness who's home is raided and the survivors captured by "savages". But the book is so much more; Katie decides to go with the two strangers back to their land. There her journey begins! Through the course of the book I began to wonder who the real savages were? In my opinion, a really good read,whose characters stick with you long after the last page is turned.read it, see if you agree! Just remember,don't lean against the current, go with the flow!
Lesley M. (Mesa, AZ)
It was worth it!
I enjoyed the journey this book took me on. The main character, Katie O'Toole, has had a difficult life (in 1747, settlement Pennsylvania). She s rescued from a dismal future by someone very unexpected. A Native American and his friend see a different future for Katie and thus the story begins. As the story unfolds, you learn a great deal about the Native American culture, traditions and rites. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was definitely worth it!
Anita S. (Boynton Beach, FL)
I liked this book very much. It is quite different from anything I've read especially in the way Indians are portrayed. The story takes place in the 1700's in the wilderness of USA. Syawa and Hector take Katie through the wilderness which is Indian territory and take her to many Indian villages. To me the descriptions and beliefs were very interesting. The author obviously did a lot of research. But the gist of the story is really about Kaie's discovery of her inner self - how she comes to realize how strong she really is. She also develops an understanding of her family especially her mother and learns why her mother behaved the was she did. She also accepts her fate and trusts her instincts and learns how to use them. She comes to accept the 'gift' that was bestowed on her by Syawa. The only criticism that I have is that at times it seemed like a poor romance novel especially when the first half was taken up with her emotional feelings. Then when she and Hector were journeying alone, I knew that of course there would be a love relationship. It was just a little too much. But all in all it was a good book and I think that women will like it a lot.
Judy K. (Conroe, TX)
This book, I think, was written for younger readers, youth readers, even though it did have some sex in it. It was just too much of a fairy tale to be believable. The heroine, Katie OToole, was just that - a HEROINE! In capital letters! Katie did have many doubts (which were outlined for us over and over and over) about her place in life and her abilities, but she always managed to triumph in every situation. This is where the author lost me and maybe it's just me. I lose interest in characters that aren't flawed. Give me a good old alcoholic, a drug addict, a gambler, a self-centered clod and I can work with that. If the character is PERFECT and can practically raise the dead, I smell "made-up" and feel it's written for children. Having said that, the story was interesting and probably would make good reading for teens. Very young teens.
Robin F. (Tucson, AZ)
The Spirit Keeper
The only problem with this book was that it ended! Katie must have found a way to send her journal to someone. What a wonderful journey she and Hector must have had, but I want to know the rest of their story. Does Laugheed plan a sequel?
I enjoyed every moment of the book and will recommend it to my book club.
Lora G. (Niceville, FL)
The Spirit Keeper
Katie O'Toole the 13th child from a poor, dysfunctional family is offered an unusual way to better herself. When her home is raided by Indians she is taken captive by two who claim they have been searching for her. They believe she is the Creature of Fire and Ice a spiritual source that will benefit their people. Instead of going back to her abusive family, Katie decides to go with them. Her journey of self discovery is compelling. The Spirit Keeper is a fascinating tale of love, loss and adventure.