Friday, August 20, 2010


I have just finished reading the third book in Sara Donati's  Wilderness Series.

The book opens eight years after the last and Nathaniel's half Mohawk daughter Hannah is eighteen and a doctor in training.

Determined to help an escaped slave she plunges her family into danger. Her old childhood friend, Liam Kirby shows up, only to declare himself a bounty hunter, seeking the slave.

Elizabeth and Nathaniel take to the endless forests to deliver the slave to safety, while Hannah is sent to the Kine-Pox Institution in New York in order to learn how to vaccinate the village from small-pox.

A wonderful blend of historical detail and rollicking adventure ensue, coming to a wonderful ending that involves the appearance of a strong, persuasive Mohawk, by the name of Strikes-the Sky.

It took me a few chapters to really get into this book. I think because so much time had passed and many things had changed. The biggest was Hannah being grown up and a greater emphasis on her character. However it didn't take long to be swept in to the adventure and I found it a hard book to put down. I especially enjoyed the historical detail of Hannah's training as a doctor.

Book four is waiting on the shelf, but I'll try to read two or three smaller books from my tottering To Be Read Pile first.


  1. Hi Sue,

    Sounds like it'll be hard to keep away from Book Four, but gotta shorten that TBR pile sooner or later. Happy reading.

  2. I know what you mean about the reading pile - mine's got to the creaking stage!

  3. Book sounds intriguing. I can't wait to start the series.