Highly Recommended Book & Series: The Peacekeeper by Zoe Saadia
Is this book attached to a series? Yes, the Peacekeeper Series. Can this book be read as a standalone? Definitely, but I recommend reading the entire series. I read dozens of books per year, but there are a handful of authors that I read everything they release. Loved everything John Steinbeck ever wrote. Have read all his books and look forward to every book that Ken Follett releases. Likewise, I read everything Zoe Saadia releases. I only discovered her about two years ago. Her creative blog full of content relating to her books captured my attention. A dozen or so of her books later, it delighted me to discover book 4 in the Peacekeeper series is available. The Peacekeeper is a fitting end to the Peacekeeper Series. Like with all of Mrs. Saadia’s series, this one wraps up with lots of conflicts, tension, twists, turns, plots, challenges, and the growth of several characters from the previous books. The series focuses on a marvelous legend that was passed down from generation to generation until it finally was documented. The intriguing element of the myth is that a man came along that challenged the customs of perpetual war, and convinced warriors that fighting for peace was even more honorable than that achieved in the greatest battle. The story the book is based on is one of my favorite Native American myths. Zoe Saadia writes from the Native American point of view, both to the south and north in the pre-Columbus period. Her diligent research and respect for the culture and characters are evident throughout The Peacekeeper. Will the peace hold? Can the protagonists withstand the underhanded challenges of warring tribes who have not joined the peace? Can the wiser ones maintain the peace in the face of devious challenges from misguided people within the alliance? The answers to these questions will guide the story to a satisfying conclusion that satisfies both historical facts and the creative expectations of historical fiction. Two Rivers and his devoted protégé, Tekeni, are not only the guiding forces behind the peace but also serve as a dam pushed to the breaking point by a challenging sea of discontent. Their primary antagonist, Tadodaho, is cunning, ambitious, arrogant, powerful, and capable. He will go to any length to destroy the protagonists and the peace. Two Rivers’ former people come across the lake to raid the tribes who are cooperating in the League of Five Nations. Mrs. Saadia reveals a great deal about the protagonists in how they deal with the Crooked Tongues from across the lake. As warriors, their first instinct is to murder every last one of the violators of their hard-worked peace. The diplomats inside of them demand a more restrained approach. Watching them battle with their conflicting emotions is intriguing and quite enjoyable. Another important character to emerge in this book is Hainteroh, a Crooked Tongues filled with a vengeance against Tekeni. As young men, they fell for the same woman, Seketa, who followed Tekani across the lake. This threat poses yet another significant obstacle for the Peacekeepers. While Mrs. Saadia’s primary characters are typically male, females play important supporting roles. Onheda and Seketa remain relevant in this final book of the series, but Kahontsi emerges in this book. She is curious, independent, free-spirited, and pushes forward until she lands herself foursquare in the middle of the trouble. In case there is any doubt, I highly recommend this book and series.
I enjoyed the book and series. The Peacekeeper is a fitting wrap to The Peacekeeper Series, but my mind races with possibilities of it leading to a new series. Hopefully, Mrs. Saadia is already working on such a series, and this is not so much the end, but simply where one series leaves off, and another begins. Book Reviews: Jerry reviewed this book.
The Peacekeeper Series represents what is right and great about the indie world.