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I really enjoyed this story, I was not sure what I expected before I started to listen to this recording but it was not this wonderful saga. I am so impressed with the author's empathy and obvious love of the people she writes about. Right from the start I felt so close to the two tribes and their struggle to integrate with each other and just forge out an existence in a harsh world. The struggling lovers and the wonderful character Cricket and the old Chiefs are so endearing and bring the tribes to life. The narration was excellent I can't fault it and I am so glad I had the chance to listen to this wonderful story. It deserves the 5 stars I gave it.
This is the first book I have ever read or listened to by Robin Deeter but it will most certainly not be my last. This book was beautifully written about Sky Dancer a lovely Kiowa widow who has locked her heart away after the deaths of her husband and child and Dark Horse an high ranking Lakota warrior. But it's not just their story it is the story of their two respective tribes and how by making an alliance and working together they manage to forge true friendships and love and enemies do indeed become friends.
One of the main characters in this book is the medicine man for the Kiowa tribe, Chirping Cricket, he is very young and after the death of his mentor he is forced to step up way too soon and become the medicine man. Whilst no one in the tribe expects much from him it soon become obvious that Chirping Cricket has hidden talents which will be used to the benefit of both tribes.
It is at Cricket's instigation that a marriage is arranged between Sky Dancer and Dark Horse and the start of the alliance is forged but it is also Cricket who saves the day by way of his talks with and visions of The Bison. There is lots of action to the story and we are given a wonderful insight as to how the different native american tribes lived as well as learning about some of their customs and taboos.
Robin Deeter's attention to detail and descriptive qualities are excellent and how we watched the many characters in this story grow and change was very well done. This is the first book of a new series and you could read or listen to it as a standalone but I for one will be eager to listen to the next book in this very good, well written and thought provoking story.
I was gifted a copy of this book and am writing this review voluntarily.
I throughly enjoyed this delightful Native story. It checked all the boxes when it comes to characters, interesting story, historical accuracy, and great narration. It is heartwarming and sweet yet shows the complications of tribal life. A must for anyone who enjoys a good historical love story. 💕
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.
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What made the experience of listening to Sacrifice and Reward the most enjoyable?
I enjoyed listening to the narrator his voice complemented the storey.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Chirping Cricket was my favorite character. I liked the way he embraced his purpose and tackled his responsibilities in spite of doubt, fear or pain.
Which character – as performed by Jon Reeder – was your favorite?
The performance I liked best was his portrayal of Chirping Cricket's little sister Moon Beam.The voice he chose for her seemed perfect it made me smile.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Together the weak stand strong.
Any additional comments?
I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I never read a book by Robin Deeter before or listened to a book read by Jon Reeder. I enjoyed the book so much that I will have to search for more work by each of them. A big plus for me is that the book was clean.
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