Cherokee Talisman is another book by David-Michael Harding, who also wrote How Angels Die. While How Angels Die focused on two sisters who fought the Nazis in the French Resistance, Cherokee Talisman focuses on the Cherokee Indians who are being pushed off their land by the white people who are expanding in America.
It seems to be a trend that Harding enjoys writing books about those who are persecuted and their fight for what’s right. I like that.
Here’s the synopsis of Cherokee Talisman from Goodreads:
“They were blood-thirsty savages – superstitious, dirty animals. They were thieves and killers who burned houses to the ground and kidnapped women and children.
They were protectors of a Nation – guerrilla fighters serving their country. They were husbands and fathers who built homes in lush valleys for their families.
They were – the same men.
In 1775 perspective came with the color of your skin.
An orphan boy, Totsuhwa, is taken under the wing of legendary Cherokee war chief Tsi’yugunsini, the Dragon. But even under a dragon’s wing isn’t safe when a covetous nation forms around them.
Amid the battles, Totsuhwa fights the reoccurring pain of loss until he meets Galegi, who becomes his wife. Trying to raise their son in a peace the new world won’t allow, they teach him the strictest Cherokee traditions while white assimilation, encroachment, and treachery grows. General Andrew Jackson wages war against tribes across the southeast and the toll is high. With his people gradually losing everything, Totsuhwa must find a way to save his family — and the Cherokee nation — before all is lost.
Cherokee Talisman recreates the neglected history that existed when one nation was born and another almost died.”
Cherokee Talisman was takes you from 1775 to 1821 and follows the life of Totsuhwa and the Cherokee who are fighting for their land. This is actually book 1 in a series, so I’ll have to impatiently wait for the next books to come out!
David-Michael Harding does a great job of painting a realistic picture of the Cherokee plight, making their culture, traditions, and story really come to life.
I enjoyed reading Cherokee Talisman, but I have to say, I still think How Angels Die was more of my thing. I think that the Holocaust is something that hits close to home, so How Angels Die was more meaningful in that way.
But if you have Native American blood in you, or have a passion for Native American history, then this historical fiction book would be a good read!
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
What’s your favorite book that is related to your culture or history?