Friday, October 11, 2013

Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia

Book Summary:

Having survived the failed raid on the enemy lands, Tekeni had no illusions. He was nothing but an enemy cub, adopted into one of the clans, but not accepted, never for real. To fit in was difficult, to run away – impossible. To get into trouble, more often than not, was the only available option. They did not expect anything else from him, anyway.

However, when a meaningless row during a ballgame grew out of proportion, resulting in a fight, Tekeni has found himself in a truly grave trouble. Neither he nor anyone else could have foreseen the chain of events the consequences of this fight would release, when the highly esteemed but controversial Two Rivers decided to help Tekeni out. 

Two Rivers was a strange person with unacceptable notions and ideas. He maintained that to war on and on was a mistake of disastrous consequences. He went as far as suggesting a negotiation of peace with some of the neighboring nations. Even Tekeni, the despised enemy, thought such ideas to be far-fetched and wild. And yet…


With their trouble mounting and the revengefulness of some people around them growing, both Tekeni and Two Rivers find themselves pushed beyond limits.


Review:

In Two Rivers, Zoe Saadia sweeps us once more into a unique historical time period and setting. This time it is early America in the 12th or 13th century. The tale is about two outcasts - Tekeni, an adopted young boy from an enemy tribe, and Two Rivers, a young man with a very different way of thinking than other members of the clan. And of course, there is a beautiful and strong love interest who is in love and loyal to Tekeni, despite all the ostracism and abuse the lad suffers.  

There is plenty to like in this novel. First, the scenes and setting are unique - books about early America are indeed rare. Descriptions and characterizations are well developed, enhancing the story. One truly felt the solitude of the two main characters who lived on the peripheries of the clans, unwelcome, and often hated, and usually treated cruelly. Ultimately, however, this is a story of victory and who these two overcame their troubles to face an unknown future. Although the ending gives closure, there is definitely a sequel to come. Actually there will be two more because this is the first of a trilogy. And I'm definitely looking forward to reading it once it is released.

Excellent historical fiction!