David-Michael Harding has written on several subjects but he is mostly known for historical fiction. “Cherokee Talisman” is book one of the series about the Cherokee Nation.
The action in “Cherokee Talisman” begins in 1775 just before the start of the Revolutionary War. The great Cherokee war chief Tsi’yugunsini takes sides with the British because at least they weren’t trying to take their land. He takes in an orphan boy named Totsuhwa and teaches him the ways of his people. Eventually Totsuhwa grows up and has a family of his own to protect against the battles threatening their way of life. While General Andrew Jackson wages a war against the tribes he must find a way to save this family as well as the Cherokee nation before it’s too late.
There are not too many writers out there who can take historical fiction and make it appeal to the average reader. David-Michael Harding successfully combines facts and fiction to write a very powerful book that covers a subject not too many people are familiar with. He tells both sides of the story without seeming to favor one over the other.
The action is fast paced and easy to read but sometimes the details during some of the battle scenes can get gruesome and are not for the faint of heart. This serves to shine the light on the brutality that people in general are capable of as they fight for survival and Mr Harding manages to keep a balance between the pros and cons of both cultures.
“Cherokee Talisman” by David-Michael Harding is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the conflict between the Native Americans and the white settlers.
*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.