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A Great Beginning to a New Series "The Wild West"
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 28, 2020
"The Eagle and The Flame" starts out with the chief of the Assiniboine tribe receiving a frightening premonition in a vision of a person, a deceiver, or trickster, who will bring about the destruction of the children of his tribe. In an effort to head off this disaster he incorporates the help of his tribe's scout, Wind Eagle, and his son, Iron Wolf, to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show that they might find a chance to talk with the President of the United States for help and to uncover who this Great Deceiver is and stop them.
Meanwhile in the East, in Maryland, a General's oldest daughter, Lucinda (Luci) who made her military father proud by becoming a faster and more accurate marksman than his men, has challenged Captain Timothy Hall to a duel when she found out he had impregnated her 15 year old sister, having promised marriage to her and then finding out he was already married and considered her sister nothing more than a lark. The duel took place but Captain Hall having missed his shot and Luci having drawn first blood which would have indicated the end of the duel took fire on Luci along with his second aiming at her! Luci took aim and fired again hitting Captain Hall near the groin as she and her sister withdrew and after making it back to their house found out the powerful Hall family were coming for them with a lynch party. They sought to hang Luci since her father who could have defended her was away at the time and the girls were alone. Luci dressed as a boy, put a dark wig on her sister and they ran - past the agents looking for them to capture or quite possibly kill them. Luci in her guise as a boy saw a flyer for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and knowing they would have to hide out until she could get in touch with her father applied for a job using her marksmanship skills which astounded Wild Bill. As fate would have it she was paired up with Wind Eagle to work as a team in the show.
Wind Eagle, with his scout senses could tell right off "he" was a she but kept the information to himself to see what would play out. Was this girl the trickster they had come to unmask? (I enjoy books where a female disguises herself as a boy to the chagrin of a male companion but in this one the male companion is not fooled so in a way the "joke" is on her.) The play off between the two is quite amusing, he gives her no leeway for being a female but quiet smiles show his interest in her strength and how well she is handling the situation. Luci is now Louie and her sister, Jane, is able to stay with her in her "brother's" tent. Wind Eagle chuckles at "Louie's" growing jealousy that appears after the shows when all the white girls gather around the Indian men ooo'ing and ah'ing and basically falling all over the men. Luci has never been in love so she doesn't even realize she IS falling in love with her partner in the show, Wind Eagle. Wind Eagle, admiring her marksmanship and her strength as he teaches her to ride horses, shoot arrows (a cute scene where he is teaching her to make her own "bow"), teaching her about living with nature.. he is gradually finding she is becoming a part of HIS life. And sister Jane is beginning to notice "something" between the two as they practice for their show daily... hmmm... maybe she should go along as a chaperone? And here is where Jane starts to get to know Iron Wolf, Wind Eagle's kola (bff) (Book 2). The problem is for Luci her General father would kill Wind Eagle if Luci were to seriously consider him as a beau and for Wind Eagle he could never consider Luci until he knew why she was deceiving people with dressing and acting as a boy - was she the Great Deceiver he was sent to unmask? There is also another reason - an event from his past that makes him withdraw from this girl who dresses as a boy - one that involved death.
I don't want to give away the rest of the book but let it suffice it will be one, as the others I have of Karen Kay's, that will be read time and time again. It begins the journey, continues in "Iron Wolf's Bride" and on to Blue Thunder's story now being written. Karen Kay never disappoints and I have all of her books, read them multiple times. I hope you will join me, if you haven't read this already, in our journey reading this new series "The Wild West" by Karen Kay.