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KLIATTThis is a historical novel with the passion of the film The Last of the Mohicans (an inspiration to the author). It also includes an interpretation of Native American spirituality, with little people (faeries), interpretation of dreams, healing, and fantastical powers. Holder has written numerous works of supernatural fiction, including many novels about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She knows well what appeals to YA readers. The main character, Isabella, is British, accompanying her father to Fort William Henry in the midst of the French and Indian War. In the wilderness, the small party is attacked by Mohicans and Isabella and her father are taken hostage. Her father gets away and Isabella is wounded accidentally and nursed to health by the young shaman of the tribe, Wusamequin. These two come to realize their spiritual efforts together create a power that surpasses anything either has known separately. The young white woman and the Indian shaman are connected in some way, they slowly come to realize. Throughout, there is plenty of action as the raids occur, the war continues, and both Isabella (known now as Mahwah) and Wusamequin face hostility within their own cultures. A dramatic story that will thrill many readers. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 257p., Ages 12 to 18.