A Flight of Arrows

A Flight of Arrows

by Lori Benton


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Hearts are Divided
Loyalties Will Be Tested
The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.

Book 2 in the Pathfinder Series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601427342
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: The Pathfinders Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 759,775
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LORI BENTON was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, Christy-nominee The Wood’s Edge, and A Flight of Arrows.

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For all the warriors who stand between, in body and in Spirit, through every generation. 

And for Ashley, Tyler, and Graham, Vladimir and Zarina, Zac, Bruce, and Eli. Bright arrows of my sisters. 

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. 
—Psalm 127:4–5 

Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground—the unborn of the future Nation. 
— Gayanashagowa Haudenosaunee, The Great Binding Law of the Iroquois Confederacy 

October 1776–July 1777 The Mohawk Valley, New York Montreal, Quebec Lake Ontario October 1776–July 1777 The Mohawk Valley, New York Montreal, Quebec Lake Ontario S atahuhsíyost —Listen. Open your ears to a story I will tell you. It is the story of a warrior, and some of it you know. But you do not know the whole of it. Bear with me a while and you will.

Are you listening? Iyo —good. Here is a thing I have learned. It is not in a man’s nature to forgive. A little wrong, the small ills of another’s inflicting . . . maybe a man can bury that hatchet. Maybe that hatchet will stay buried and forgiveness will root itself in his soul and grow up tall and strong like the Great Tree of Peace. But forgiving is a hard thing, and even great trees topple. 

The wrong done to the warrior of whom I speak was not a small thing. He had a son taken, on the day of that son’s birth, as the child lay beside the one born-together with him. That son was taken up by the hands of a redcoat officer who left his dead child in place of the living. When the warrior learned of it, darkness entered his heart. He wanted his son back, but some believed he wanted more to kill the redcoat who took him — and all whom that redcoat loved. To hang their scalps over the door of his wife’s lodge. To wipe all memory of that redcoat from the earth upon which they both went. He cherished his hatred as a tender shoot of corn coming up from the ground. He lusted for it to ripen into revenge, craved it like food for the belly. 

What did that hate lead to? You may well ask it. It led to raging. It led to despair and much weeping. It led to jugs of trader’s rum emptied into that pit of pain. It led to a lonely son —that one not taken —who came to fear his father, to feel shame when that warrior failed to care for his family. It led to that warrior’s wife being struck down in the field where she grew her family’s corn by the hand of this one who could not forgive or forget the taking of his firstborn.
When she could stand again on her feet, the woman put that warrior and his belongings out of her lodge. He lost everything. Not just the one son, but the other also. He lost his home. His wife. His heart. His manhood. 

It is a thing to think long about, the consequences of one act that follow many down the paths they take to escape it, driving them like the lashes of a gauntlet. But listen. 

After that warrior’s wife put him out of her lodge, he did a thing that raised the brows of all who knew him. He went to the missionary, the Jesus-sachem who lived among them, and he asked this man how to go back and undo the bad things he had done in the darkness of his rage against the redcoat. How to go back and reclaim the good things he had squandered. He hoped for a charm, a prayer to turn back the circle of time, but Creator has not given such power even to holy men. Only He is Master of Time, standing with one foot outside the circle and one in it. And so this warrior did not get the answer he sought. There was no changing what was done. The way to walk a right path from that point was to repent of sin — those were the missionary’s words — and to ask for Creator Father’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus-on-the-cross. Those words sent the warrior away with a heart of stone, blind to his need for forgiveness and so unable to forgive. In his soul he was as weak as the newborn son who haunted him, giving him no peace, though that son was no more an infant but a boy living across an ocean, raised by a woman not his mother, among a people not his own. 
Becoming a white man in his heart. 

October 11, 1776 Aubrey farm, near Schenectady 

Wrapped in a shawl and drawn by the heartstrings, Anna Doyle let herself out of the white stone farmhouse before anyone else had awakened and strode briskly down a cart track past the harvested cornfields, headed for the strip of mist-draped woodland marking the creek near the farm’s western boundary. It was her birthday, and the list of absent people she wished to share it with had lengthened, stretching those heartstrings to near unbearable strain. North to her papa, Reginald Aubrey, gone from them these past two months. West to Two Hawks, the love of her heart, roaming forest paths for his Oneida people and for the garrison at Fort Stanwix. Farthest of all to William, her brother, somewhere in Quebec—or so they thought.

No one could yet be certain about William. They weren’t the only missing ones tugging at the cords of her heart that chill morning that sounded of geese calling and smelled of wood smoke and the earthy, sorrowing scent that was autumn in the Mohawk Valley. Anna crossed the creek on the new footlog Two Hawks had set in place and pressed on into the misty, golden wood beyond, thinking of a woman whose face she couldn’t recall, whose name she didn’t know. The woman who’d been her mother for the first months of her life. “Mama,” she murmured, emerging into a clearing not far from the wood’s edge. It was a name she’d never called another woman, though more than one had stood in a mother’s place for her: Maura Doyle, housekeeper, surrogate grandmother; Lydia van Bergen, friend and mentor; and lately Two Hawks’s extraordinary mother, Good Voice. But what of the woman who birthed her? How old had she been that August day Fort William Henry fell and she escaped the siege only to die at the hands of French-allied Indians on the road to Fort Edward? Anna’s own twenty years? Younger? 

Jerking her thoughts from the terror of her mother’s last hours on earth, Anna crossed the clearing toward the hill that rose beyond. The creek tumbled from rocks and rhododendron at its crown, creating a little waterfall beside a stone shelf midway up. 

She’d brought her basket from the house, but it wasn’t for gleaning medicinal herbs that she’d crossed the creek. Two Hawks’s absence had become too great an ache to bear, shut up in the house. Since the summer he’d come and gone, pinging like a shuttlecock between her world and his, scouting for his people, reporting what he learned along a chain of communication that began with Reverend Kirkland at their town of Kanowalohale and ended with General George
Washington and General Philip Schuyler—and, she hoped, Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, with whom Papa was currently employed building a navy fleet at Skenesborough, on the southern shore of Lake Champlain. 

Unless Papa was on his way home. He’d left them in early August, promising to return before her birthday. So had Two Hawks promised. He’d been gone a fortnight. As for William . . . three months had passed with no word from him at all. 

She’d meant to stop at the waterfall. Instead she left her basket on the stone shelf and, gathering her petticoat, began the rocky climb to the little cave behind its rhododendron screen.
Two Hawks had discovered the cave when they were still children, one of those times he’d waited days for her to cross the creek and find him. 

So much waiting. Anna pushed aside the boughs shielding the cave’s narrow mouth. Sweeping her heavy braid over her shoulder to prevent its snagging, she slipped inside, reminding herself that these weeks of waiting—for Two Hawks, Papa, news of William—paled before the years of waiting Two Hawks and his parents had endured. 

Inside the chill cave, light filtered through rock fissures in a ceiling high enough for her to stand erect. Looking around, she felt a rush of disappointment at its emptiness. What had she expected? Two Hawks had never left behind evidence of occupation, save the blackened spot where over the years he’d built small fires. Not even his presence lingered. 

“Jonathan.” The cave’s confines muffled the name Two Hawks had taken at his baptism, when he was just fifteen. She waited, hoping, but there was no comfort here. She was turning to leave the forsaken little cave when a clatter of pebbles without reached her ears. 
“Bear’s Heart?” 

She sprang back from the cave’s opening with a shriek, as startled as if the rattling stones had spoken her name—the name Two Hawks had given her. Then she tore her petticoat—and lost her cap—in the rush to get out into the chilly morning where Two Hawks crouched among the rocks, peering in at her. He stood as she launched herself into his arms— arm rather; the other held his rifle, the butt of which he planted among the rocks to brace himself. She leaned back in his embrace, taking in the sight of him: dark eyes alight with pleasure in her eagerness to greet him; long black hair shiny even in the dimming mist; skin bronzed from the sun; and his mouth, wide and supple and smiling down at her. 

“How did you know I’d be here?” 

He nodded toward the waterfall below. “I saw your basket. I knew it did not bring itself to this place.” 

“Clever.” She cupped the back of his head, pulled his face down, and kissed him—too happy for restraint. She felt surprise jolt through him before he returned the kiss, his mouth warm and urgent. Her thoughts spun away in heady delight that he was there, holding her, until he pulled back from their embrace. In his eyes was a struggle. 

“You know we cannot do this. We agreed we would not.” 
“Not under Papa’s roof.” She reached for him again, heart pounding with wanting. And warning. “We aren’t under his roof. We’re under God’s sky.” 
“Anna Catherine . . .” Two Hawks’s protest faltered when she smoothed her hand over his chest, warm under her palm even through his shirt. He closed his eyes, as though reaching for strength. 

They’d had need of strength these past months, with Two Hawks’s parents living at the farm while Stone Thrower’s leg, broken by a musket ball, healed. The strain had been almost unbearable before Papa left to answer the call for carpenters at Skenesborough. Worse for Anna was his censure of her love for Two Hawks—unwisely voiced the night she confronted him about
William’s true identity. They’d steered clear of the subject since, but Papa’s disapproval had been so thick before he left that Mrs. Doyle might have sliced it and served it up for supper. 

She struggled to keep her voice light, teasing. “I’ve missed you so. Have you not missed me?” 
Two Hawks took her hand in his, white and small against the fingers curled around it, pressing it against his chest. 
“Not at all,” he said. 

She caught the echoing glint of teasing in his eyes before he captured her mouth again with his, giving her his true answer. Then there was nothing beyond the meeting of their lips, the desire building inside her, and the thought of the cave that lanced through her like a fiery arrow.
It would be chilly, far from comfortable, but he’d a blanket tied at his back. Of course they mustn’t, but . . . 

Two Hawks stepped back, letting go her hand. “You are thinking of that cave. Stop.” 

“How did you . . . ?” Her face flamed as his eyes spoke to hers. He’d been thinking of it too. They should leave it, get far away. 

Neither moved. 

“You’ve been scouting?” she asked, because if she couldn’t be in his arms, then she wanted to know everything he’d seen and done for the past fortnight. Because she wanted to put off going back to the farm, where many eyes would be upon them and they must go shy of each other for fear the merest telling glance would strain forbearance. 

The Doyles had promised Papa to keep an eye on them. 

“Much scouting,” he said. “I was with Ahnyero—the blacksmith, Thomas Spencer. And with Skenandoah.” 

“Skenandoah. He’s a war chief, yes? An old man?” 

Two Hawks laughed, a soft sound in his throat. “Never let him hear you call him so, but yes, that one has seen seventy winters.” 

Despite their light words, Anna’s insides had seized at his mention of “much scouting.” So far

Two Hawks had never crossed paths with violence on these missions into the wilds. None that he’d admitted to. “You didn’t have to fight, did you?” 

“Let us go and see my parents. I will tell all of it once.” Two Hawks took her hand to lead her down from the rocks, then hesitated, gazing at her head. “Did you have a cap?” She retrieved it from the rhododendron that had snagged it off her head but didn’t put it on. Two Hawks put a hand on her shoulder, his expression grave. “You must not come here again alone. Even here at the wood’s edge is not safe now.” 

She blinked up at him, overwhelmed with loss. Of all the places on the farm, that clearing, that creek, that cave held her sweetest memories. 

“I came here this morning to feel near you. I’m glad I did, because here you are, and we’ve had these moments together, stolen though they be.” 

Two Hawks drew her close, pressing a kiss to her forehead. “One day we will no more steal them,” he told her, the words suffused with longing. “Father in Heaven—and yours on earth—willing.”

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A Flight of Arrows 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Path Finders series by Lori Benton is an epic historical rich in the themes of forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimate love. In book one, The Wood’s Edge, we have two families forever intricately woven together by a deceitful, life altering decision made by one man on a night of extreme horror. That first book takes us through nineteen years with two families whose decisions are bonded by vengeance, prejudice, and fear. It is also a story of two fathers, one ruled by the vengeance and the other ruled by guilt and how this affects their loved ones. However, what happens when one decides to offer the forgiveness the other so desperately needs as Jesus calls us to do? A Flight of Arrows, the second in the series, shows us just how that necessary yet difficult decision can change more lives than just the ones so close to the situation. Years later, how can one man accept the stolen Oneida boy as his son yet not offer the same regard to the twin who holds his daughter’s heart just because his skin is darker? This second book begins on the cusp of the Revolutionary War and the author takes us into the battlefields in a war that helped shape our nation into what it is today. I knew of the Native American Oneidas support that fought on the side of the Americans as they warred against the British for their independence, but I was unaware of how great a sacrifice they made. This two book series really needs to be read together to grasp the entire story the author wishes for us to understand. This was my first reads by Lori Benton and I look forward to more of her talented writing. Though I do hope she continues with these families in future works. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions are my own honest ones.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
If any of you follow me on Goodreads, you know that it normally does not take me long to read a good book (2-3 days). There were several reasons it was hard for me to read this book, none of which had ANYTHING to do with the book itself. A Flight of Arrows is powerful, compelling, and intense. The story is heart-wrenching and had me in its grips from beginning to end. This is not a story for the faint of heart or those of you looking for a fun, light-hearted read. Lori does an excellent job of describing the war between the British and Americans. She describes the scenery, emotions, and battles in vivid detail (without being too graphic). She also excels in keeping us informed on what is going on both with the menfolk and womenfolk involved in the story, even though they are not together for most of it. This story invokes a powerful feeling of the fear, anxiety, and anger present during the Revolutionary War. The characters made the story. Lydia, Anna Catherine, Two Hawks, William, Stone Thrower, Reginald and Good Voice come together in an amazing way, and you can see the work of the Lord in each of their lives. The heartache, joys, disappointments, fear, and anger each character feels is gripping and raw and powerful. My heart swelled with emotion for each blow these characters took, and cried in joy with each moment of happiness they were rewarded with. Lori made the characters come to life in my mind with each page. Now, the reason I had such a hard time reading this book is because of the message. It hit home FOR REAL Y’ALL. Each of these characters had to make choices that would affect the rest of their lives, for the better or worse. The paths we walk are not always clear, as each character comes to realize, but if we ask the Lord for guidance in earnest, He will direct our paths. Two Hawks says it best, “Life is a blessing, but it is also a testing. Take the one as you do the other and trust Him who allows all.” Overall, I absolutely LOVED this powerful, emotionally challenging story. I cannot wait to read more from the Pathfinders series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great sequel to The Woods Edge. Lost my interest some in the middle during the fighting, but so worth finishing!
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Despite being forgiven by Stone Thrower and Good Voice, Reginald continues to carry the guilt of his sin like a millstone around his neck. His inability to forgive himself effects every relationship he has. Anna is nearly desperate to move forward in her relationship with Two Hawks, with or without her father's permission or approval. A true gentleman, Two Hawks is especially committed to seeking God's will, honoring Anna's father, and seeing her relationship with Reginald healed. Since learning the truth of his heritage, William feels stripped of his identity and struggles to rebuild an authentic sense of self. William's struggle as he marches towards his home and family poignantly captures the reality of divided loyalties at the time. I cannot praise this book enough, it is magnificent! I hope to see this story continue and I'll be reading more Lori Benton titles in the meantime! I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed are my own.
bigmama5413 More than 1 year ago
A Flight Of Arrows by Lori Benton Twenty years ago, the fall of Fort William Henry a redcoat named Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn baby boy a light-skinned Oneida twin and raised him as his own. Those connected to Reginald had fallout from this crime. His adopted daughter Anna, Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son returned back to him, Two Hawks William's twin brother and the man Anna is in love with, Lydia who wants Reginald to return her live. William discovers the truth about his birth and hides in the ranks of the British army. Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals aided by Two Hawks and the Oneida warriors rally to defend it. Two families separated by culture and united by live and faith, rhey must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks if their enemies. Will these families be reconciled or be destroyed? Will Anna and Two Hawks finally begin a life together? Will Stone Thrower finally be reunited with his son? Will Reginald return Lydia's love? Pick up a copy and folow A FLIGHT OF ARROWS. Good reading. I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.
artsybookworm More than 1 year ago
A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton is the second and final book in the Pathfinder series. You have to read these books in order since it's really one story broken into two books so be tempted to read the second book first! This book is full of historical facts during the Revolutionary War some of which I wasn't familiar with making this history loving gal happy. I especially love the author's realistic storytelling during difficult times in our past because it allows me to get so immersed in the story that I feel like I am there struggling along with them. Reginald Aubrey is still reeling from meeting Stone Thrower and not dying from the encounter. Anna, his adopted daughter, wants him to recognize that Two Hawks loves her so they can be married, but Aubrey is still struggling from his past and isn't sure he wants them to. On the other hand, William, his stolen son, wants to be as far away from his birth and adopted family. Joining up with the Redcoats seemed like the right thing at the time, but now he's not so sure. How will these two families be reconciled? You'll have to read the book to find out how it will end so get your tissues ready because this story puts you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters grew so much in the sequel and learned to rely on God through the good and bad times. I really liked how the author didn't let Anna be wrapped up in anger and bitterness throughout the book. Instead the author used close friends to speak truth into Anna, William, Two Hawks, and Aubrey during different times in the story and because of being encouraged to trust God and give Him all their fears and bitterness, they were able to let go and grow. I thought this book was a satisfying conclusion to the series even though it wasn't without its sorrow. Everything didn't wrap up perfectly, but isn't that just like life? I admire the author's realistic writing and can't wait for more books from her. I was given this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Combining sweet romance with well-researched history and an honest depiction of the horrors of war, Lori Benton’s Flight of Arrows follows the trials and tribulations of tribespeople and townspeople, citizens and soldiers both American and British, as the Revolutionary War pillages and raids through fortresses, towns and villages. There’s a classic “two brothers on opposite sides” twist, enhanced by the fact that one brother has been raised white while the other grew up among his Native American family and clan... which gives rise to new questions of course: Can a man leave clan to love a clan-less, white woman? Is it easier to forgive crimes against yourself than those against your brother? Still worse, is it easier to forgive others or yourself? And can betrayal ever lead to love? Lyrical language, vivid descriptions, and great characters make this an absorbing tale, even if you haven’t read the author’s earlier novel, The Wood’s Edge. Christian faith threads into the story, unobtrusively, yet filled with symbolism and power. With no easy answers, the author finds solutions and relationships that work, forgiveness that hurts and heals, and surprising power, even in war’s darkest hours. Flight of Arrows is a beautiful novel of broken characters finding themselves, faith, love and hope in a broken world. It raises thought-provoking questions in a pleasingly unobtrusive way, never interfering with the storytelling, but leaving the reader to ponder at story’s end. I really enjoyed this book. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I loved Lori's first book in this series and literally could not wait until this book came out. It was worth the wait. This book is fabulous. So many layers in this book and so many uncertainties. Anna is fighting to do the right thing, at the same time she is fighting for the love of her life and so many odds against her. Two Hawks wants to do things the right way, to earn Anna's father's blessing but nothing seems to be going right. He meets one obstacle after another. Then there is William and his struggle with his identity and who he really is, who does Jesus say he is? I would highly recommend reading the first book in this series since there is so much going on, however I do think you could read this book and still figure out what is going on. Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton in her new book, “A Flight of Arrows” Book Two in The Pathfinders series published by WaterBrook Press gives us the second adventure with the Oneida twins. From the Back Cover: Hearts are Divided Loyalties Will Be Tested The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own. No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love. Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies. First off let me say that Ms. Benton has brought us shades of Shakespeare. Then this is terrific historical fiction. Ms. Benton has done superb job in bringing each character to life and making each of them unique. We get emotionally involved with all of them and find us rooting for both sides in the battles. This is a well done adventure that will keep you flipping pages looking for what happens next. There is a lot going on between these pages and we find ourselves looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this story every since I closed the last page of The Wood’s Edge. That was a favorite read last year and I couldn’t wait to get right back into the story. This was an excellent conclusion! “But when Creator said He would make rough ways smooth, I believe He was not talking about moving us to an easy path. He meant He was going to make our stride long enough, our legs strong enough, to carry us through.” Lori’s beautiful storytelling has a way of immediately drawing the reader right into the story. The historical details of the time and the look at the different people and cultures are once again done so well. And what a story it was…sigh… Each of the characters are wonderfully written and I loved every bit of the journey. Whether they struggled with forgiveness, guilt, freedom, waiting or a mix of all of them, Benton draws your heart to each of these characters. I was sad that it ended and it wasn’t without some tears. Redemptive stories like this one get me every time. I do recommend reading The Wood’s Edge first. But trust me, it is well worth it! Have you read any of Lori’s novels? (Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/05/17/flight-arrows-lori-benton-book-review/
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
The best in Christian historical fiction As I close the book after finishing A Flight Of Arrows I ponder the bittersweet ending and marvel at Lori Benton's ability to immerse her readers so thoroughly in the story. There is no fluff here in this story, but rather it tells of history and life with both its beauty and savagery. Sometimes it was almost hard to read but the exquisite attention to detail left me unable to leave the story. There is just so much in a Lori Benton book that I usually read them slowly, a few pages at a time, then step back to think about what I've read. A Flight Of Arrows is a powerful and moving story about our nation's history, about two families suffering from a choice two decades before, and even more importantly it is a story about love, sacrifice, and true Redemption. A gritty story masterfully told and beautifully written, A Flight Of Arrows is what more Christian historical fiction should be. Lori Benton is a truly talented and skilled author and her books are not to be missed. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
Once again, this author has crafted a powerful story I won’t soon forget. After reading The Wood’s Edge – the first in this series and one of my favorites of last year – I’ve been counting down to the release of A Flight of Arrows. It proved to be so much more than even I was expecting. Historical fiction fans must get their hands on this book. It is overflowing in fascinating details and left me intrigued to study more from this incredible time period. I did get lost occasionally in the various names and settings, but I was so impressed with the author’s knowledge and obvious research. I recommend you read the first book in order to reap the full reward of this conclusion. I loved continuing on with Anna and Two Hawks and their families and seeing how they adapted through the circumstances around them. Talk about a journey! Each one of these characters stole my heart. The last half of the book stole my breath away as the conflict of war and loss collided. The depth of forgiveness and love shown throughout the story left me in tears. The ending was so beautiful. I will remember this series and these characters and treasure the story they told. Thank you, Lori, for a beautiful work of art. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Waterbrook Press and the author for my copy.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
A Flight of Arrows captivated me from the moment I began reading it. Colonial America, more specifically America during the early years of the Revolutionary War, comes to vibrant life under Lori Benton’s pen. While history marches across each meticulously researched page, the characters and events in A Flight of Arrows fit seamlessly into the ongoing story. There were moments I quite literally held my breath as arrows left their bows or the sound of gunfire cracked in the vicinity. Battle scenes kept tension taut and emotion high, vivid in detail without ever losing Benton’s exquisite sense of syntax. And the characters…. Oh my goodness, the characters. They are breathtaking and honest, and they have set up camp in my heart. The characters are flawed, to be sure, but realistically so. Dare I say, encouragingly so. Because in their flaws, I saw myself and my own struggles. And in their honest words of mercy and grace, I saw Jesus and His redemption. In fact, mercy and grace and redemption are all over this book. Beautifully so. Reminders to “Trust what Creator is doing, though we cannot understand it or see the full path” share the pages with a profound exploration of what it really means to honor one’s father, even when they are not behaving honorably. And through it all, Lori Benton takes us on a deeply emotional journey through romance, friendship, and sacrificial love. This will not only be one of my favorite books of 2016 but probably one of my top favorites for years to come! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
kp68 More than 1 year ago
A Flight of Arrows, the latest novel by Lori Benton, opens with a young Indian mother quietly recounting the story of his birth to her young son, Two Hawks. How his twin brother was taken by Reginald Aubrey, a man who lost his own child to death. This man left behind a family so full of grief that the mother finally had no option but to cast out her warrior husband, Stone Thrower, because he was so full of rage! This is an interesting tale to follow as you watch these characters deal with this fast changing world of the early days at the birth of America. Stone Thrower and his wife both longing to look into the eyes of the child who was taken from them so many years ago! Reginald Aubrey leaning to deal with his grief over the consequences that his theft has caused after so many years! His adopted daughter, Anna, longing after Two Hawks, the twin who is from a world that Anna knows nothing about! Finally, there is William, the young man whose sense of realty has been torn apart when he learns that the parents he was born to are not the ones who have raised and formed his life! As you see Two Hawks become an apprentice to Reginald, a well-known shipbuilder, you know that fireworks will be soon to follow. Only the violence comes from a different source than you expect! This is an exciting tale as you walk along with each individual in a world that is nothing like current day America. You will be interested to see how God will lead each of these characters and where they will end up by the final page! This tale had a satisfying ending; however, there were so many characters and places to keep track of, that this book was a difficult read for me! I received this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has many things that I enjoy reading about, history, Native Americans, Revolutionary War, action, and a little romance. You can tell that the author did her research in writing this story. By doing so it adds so much more to the story as well as brings the time and place to life on the pages. I felt bad for William when he found out his true identity and all he had to go through to find out who he really is. It was nice to read Anna and Two Hawks story as well. This book was so well written that once I started reading it I did not want to put it down while at the same time I did not want it to end. It is a good author that can make you feel that way about a book. This is the second book in this series and I would suggest you read book one (The Wood's Edge) before emarking on this journey. With that being said I am looking forward to book three.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Flight of Arrows is book two in The Pathfinders series. I definitely recommend reading book one, The Wood’s Edge, in order to fully understand who all of the characters are and the situations that they find themselves in. Not only that, but book one and book two are such beautifully told stories, it would be a shame to miss out on either of them. The author did an amazing job of bringing the past to life. I am a fast reader, yet I found myself slowing down as I read this novel and absorbing each detail, feeling as if I was right there in the midst of battle or in a family gathering. These characters felt so real that I had to continually remind myself when I would set the book down that they were indeed fictional characters. There are some beautiful love stories flowing through this book, whether it is the love between Anna and Two Hawks which is heart tugging and straddles two cultures, the long yearned for possibility of love between Reginald and Lydia, or a parent’s love for their child. Sacrificial love and the forgiveness of sins are amazing themes running through this book and point to the one true sacrifice that Christ made for one and all. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nettie1 More than 1 year ago
Flight of Arrows is Historical Fiction at its best. The story – fantastic; the characters – so real you can’t believe they are not; the time in history – challenging, heartbreaking and divisive between family and loved ones. The scenes the author paints with her words? OH MY! The story brings to life what men and women faced during this challenging time in our Nation’s history. Isn’t that the mark of success for an author? The story weaves powerfully carrying the reader on a path of heartfelt emotions. My heart clutched in my throat as I agonized over what was happening. My favorite characters were Two Hawks, Stone Thrower and Good Voice. Such grace, dignity and sacrifice! I learned so much from each of them! There were countless quotes that grabbed my heart and here are just a few: 1) “I would be in two places if I could. But you will have my heart. Tomorrow as I go, it will tear out of me and stay with you.” 2) “Life is blessing, but it is also testing. Take the one as you do the other and trust Him who allows all.” 3) “I have not lived long enough to get much wisdom. But it is my thinking that men do most of what they do for two reasons: for love or for pride”. 4) Aubrey did not start you in the womb of your mother, but he gave you life, risking his own for yours…for that alone I would honor him in my heart”. Over and over, I stopped to re-read passages and reflect on them. Reading this without having read book one is doable for the reader but I am so glad I had already read The Wood’s Edge (book one in the Pathfinder’s series). The books tied together seamlessly. I don’t know what’s next for these characters but if the author decides to tell us more, I will be first in line to grab her book!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Flight of Arrows ( The Path Finder - book 2 ) By: Lori Benton A Flight of Arrows is the second book in The Path Finder series. You will wan’t to read the first book in the series , The Wood’s Edge , before you read this one, so you can better understand the story and the characters .Lori Benton pens us a fantastic story in these two books. You can tell that a lot of research was done . There was times when i caught myself was crying . The story and the characters both were great. The end of Wood’s Edge left me wanting more. This story is told in these two books. I felt so sorry for William, Anna, and Two Hawks. Love the spiritual message Benton sends us. God can take something evil and turn in around into something good. These two families have been through a lot. Can they ever become friends? I was given an ARC of this book for my honest review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story that shows what Jesus meant when He said, The greatest of these is Love. I was not blessed to read The Wood's Edge the first book in this series, but I was still able to figure out the story and to be blessed. The characters are so believable and the rich history is well researched. It draws you in and you feel like you are there watching. Lori Benton is a gifted author who shares her faith in such a way that it challenges you to be more Christlike. This is a story of forgiveness, redemption, love, and laying your life down for a brother. Anna and Two Hawks love story paints a beautiful picture of what love should look like. Stone thrower represents what Christ's love looks like. I highly recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I have done that.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly awaiting this book, the sequel to Lori Benton's 'The Wood's Edge' for a year. That one was magnificent. This book bring us back to the ending of The Wood's Edge as we find William Aubrey off fighting for the British while Two Hawks and Anna and all the rest are back at home. Reginald Aubrey can't forgive himself for the events that he set in motion 20 years earlier, even though God has already forgiven him. He holds himself apart from those who love him dearly because of his unwillingness to allow God to change him. Anna Catherine and Two Hawks long to be together but are respecting Reginald's wishes. Lydia loves Reginald but he can't seem to see it. There are so many broken hearts in this book. Those are a few of the circumstances. Lori Benton has again crafted a tale that is both heartrending and joyous at the same time. It is wonderful to see God working in the lives of the Oneida Indians here. Just such a blessing. Good Voice and Stone Throw, Daniel Clear Day. What characters she has created! I loved diving in and settling down inside this book. It is very deep and satisfying. Her historical research is impeccable, too. There were tearful moments and moments of pure delight in this book. I didn't want it to end. It was such a wonderful tale and I'm so happy to have read it. *I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review , which I have given, and my opinions are my own.