THE WAR CHIEF
In 1864 the frontier cavalry had been withdrawn to fight in the War Between the States, and the able-bodied men had enlisted to join the cause, leaving the families in the Brazos River valley very much on their own...and nearly defenseless. The Comanches and the Kiowas decided this was the perfect time to rid their land forever of the invaders who had threatened their very existence. The legendary Kiowa war chief Satanta personally led many of the brutal raids, and during one of them Satanta claimed a prize for himself—a beautiful widow named Adrianne Chastain. He was determined to make Adrianne a true Kiowa woman and one of his wives, but could either of them survive this clash of cultures unscathed? And could Adrianne survive at all?
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Satanta's Woman is not a love story. It is a story ABOUT love, death, treachery and everything in between. It is a gripping tale of life in west Texas during the Civil War. The Cavalry had been called East where able bodied men joined in battles for whichever side their persuasions dictated. Only the women, children, and elderly or disabled men were left to work and resist Indian raids. Satanta was a Kiowa Chief whose bitterness and fury at white men, who were forcing the People from their land, drove him to unthinkable violence. In one sweeping raid, Adrianne Chastain, her teenage son and two grandchildren were taken captive by Satanta and his warriors. Gradually the author transports us into the Indian culture and we find ourselves immersed in their struggle for survival, the togetherness of the Indian families. From here the white man becomes the heartless, treacherous and oppressive enemy. We feel the hopelessness of the Kiowas and other tribes as they see their food sources and grazing lands gradually taken from them. Adrianne feels herself becoming a part of the Indian culture and the object of Satanta's affection. Hers is a love filled with pain. She loves the powerful, gentle man she knows in camp but abhors his depravity in his raids on whites. The author skillfully leads us from one culture to another in easy, compelling fashion. It is a bit disconcerting to this reviewer that all dialog is conducted in modern English. It does narrow the vast chasm between the primitive communication of the Indians who had no written language, and the more educated whites. It does, however, make for easy reading and does well in expressing the thoughts and emotions of all parties. In the end, we learn that no chasm is too broad for love to span. Satanta's Woman is a well researched novel and a credible source of Indian history. It requires thoughtful reading to absorb the wealth of information it contains.