SPIRIT WARRIORS: THE LAMENTING by @del_connor #YA #NativeAmerican #fridayreads

Spirit Warriors: The Lamenting (Spirit Warriors #4)Spirit Warriors: The Lamenting by D.E.L. Connor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars.

Spirit Warriors: The Lamenting is book #4 in this series of YA native American reads. They are set in Montana. At the beginning of this book there is a short introduction to the main characters and a hint of the story so far, which is a good reminder to anyone picking up the book who already knows the series. To get the best experience from this read I think you need to start the series with book 1 and work your way through.

The lead character is seventeen year old Emme, she and her teenager friends have special powers which allow them to unite with wild animals and make them spirit warriors. They are haunted by the deeds of the evil Machayiwiw (a native Indian spirit turned bad) who is intent on causing havoc and destroying Emme and her loved ones.

The book opens with a dual tragedy, Emme’s father and two close friends have recently died in a house fire and Emme and Charlie are recovering from an attack by the Machayiwiw. Charlie’s human spirit is still in Hercules a grizzly bear, but his body is in hospital, time is running out for Charlie unless they can reunite them.

Throughout the series Emme is torn between her love for Charlie whom she’s known since childhood and her new love for Jack who she intends to marry. The inevitable love triangle causes frictions within the group.

There is a lot of responsibility on the young shoulders of Emme as seen by the many sub-plots as the time for the final showdown with the Machayiwiw draws ever closer. The story continues in Book #5.

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Spirit Warriors – The Burning by Della Connor @del_connor @Booktrope #Bookreview

The Burning (Spirit Warriors Book 3)The Burning by D.E.L. Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Burning is book #3 of The Spirit Warriors #YA series, set in Montana around a group of teenagers and their connections to animal spirits revered by the Native Americans.

The evil spirit of a once powerful medicine man known as the Machayiwiw is hunting narrator, Emme . She is a powerful descendant of Golden Flower, an Indian girl whose spirit is currently trapped inside a vulture. Emme and her friends Charlie, Ollie and Bets are spirit warriors called to face a big battle against this evil spirit. They are being taught the skills they need, and are helped via visions, from the ancient Indian chiefs they are building knowledge of the Machayiwiw.

During their preparations they must face other domestic dramas, Emme’s family are falling apart and she’s also finding where her future lies in her own love triangle.

This book is a building of the storylines, adding background depth, I thought there was going to be much more action with the Machayiwiw. I really enjoyed all the spirits and stories from the ancient tribesmen. However at times I felt some of the dialogue was too stiff and a little unrealistic. Roll on book #4.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT CookieBooker reviews Spirit Warriors: The Scarring By D.E.L. Connor

Today’s review comes from our Young Adult reviewer CookieBooker, who blogs at https://cookiebookreviews.wordpress.com/

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Cookiebooker has been reading Spirit Warriors: The Scarring by D.E.L. Connor

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The second novel in the Spirit Warriors, and just like the first, left me feeling multiple emotions.

All the characters have returned and have become more confident with their shifting, although, the more they practice, the more likely they are to be noticed by people. They can’t afford to be shot in their animal forms by hunters because then, both the animal and the human spirit will be gone.

Every time, I become more attached to the characters and it makes the read so much more intense as the feeling of reality is still there. You learn more about the characters Emme, Ollie, Charlie, Bets. Charlie and newcomers Jack and Raymond.

The cover for this is beautiful, the mix of colours fit perfectly and both warm and cold colours are incorporated.

I recommend this book to teens+ because of the adventure, relationships between the characters and the story itself.

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring is a fabulous book and once more, I could see this as a film.

Thank you D.E.L Connor for sending me the book to read and review, it was fantastic.

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The Obsidian Mirror by K.D Keenan

The Obsidian MirrorThe Obsidian Mirror by K.D. Keenan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Obsidian Mirror is a fantasy surrounding Native American mythology and mixing it with modern day environmental issues. Sierra Carter has just been fired from her job in PR at Black Diamond a company who make silicon conductors.

She then finds herself chosen by mythical Gods to help save the planet. Given magical feathers, a guide called Chaco who can morph into a coyote and befriended by a creature called a Mannegishi, Sierra is taken to meet an ancient God known as Quetzalcoatl. He sends her on a mission to wipe out the evil that Black Diamond is spreading around the world.

I enjoyed learning about the Native American mythology and the healers who helped Sierra. In places the book slowed with the environmental issues and domestic scenes too much for me. Chaco and Fred were well written characters as was Mama Labadie, but I didn’t always feel a connection to Sierra’s character.

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