“Joseph Boyden writes with muscle and magic in impossible balance… you will read no better book this year”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
This was a brilliant book and now that I have reread through Black spruce I can see all kinds of connections to the it and to Three Day Road.
The novel is set in 16th century Huronia among the Wendat (Huron) people at the time of the French priests coming to Huronia and building St Marie-among-the-Hurons.
Meticulously researched, the novel has 3 narrators representing 3 differing groups – Christophe – the Jesuit priest based on Father Jean de Brebeuf who was ‘martyred’ by the Iroquois, Bird, the Wendat warrior and Snow Falls, his adopted Iroquois daughter. The novel opens with Bird capturing snow Falls after killing her whole family in front of her. She is not happy.