The Last Great American Magic

The Last Great American Magic

by L.C. Fiore


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The Last Great American Magic by L.C. Fiore

Some men are born heroes.

By the late eighteenth century, the lush river valley of the Ohio Country is the last stronghold of the Shawnee Indians, a deeply religious tribe whose medicine men practice the blackest and most potent magical arts. The Last Great American Magic reimagines the legend of Tecumseh, a physically gifted warrior, groomed from birth to one day lead, and his twin brother Rattle, a wickedly smart but lazy prophet with blossoming supernatural gifts. Growing up, the boys are rivals, but in adulthood they reconcile in hopes of assembling a confederacy of Native American tribes to drive back the ruthless advance of white settlers and reclaim the land they once called home.

If you think you know the legend of Tecumseh, think again.

"In his splendid new novel, L. C. Fiore reimagines the legendary warrior Tecumseh as he fights to preserve a way of life on the verge of extinction. In prose that is itself almost magical, Fiore takes us into the Shawnee culture of post-colonial
America, where two brothers, the warrior and the Prophet, vie for power, even while at war with the new American nation. But this is not just a novel about war. It's a story about family and coming of age, about finding one's mission in life. It's also a love story between Tecumseh and the beautiful white hostage who wants to convert him to her faith and instead captures his heart. Fiore brilliantly conjures this lost world as if he's lived in it. Through his perceptive eyes, this is a journey into the past well worth taking."

—Miriam Herin, author of A Stone for Bread

"Between the American Revolution and the War of 1812, Shawnee warrior Tecumseh is caught in the web between the old ways and white man's, and runs the gauntlet between love and honor. With his prankster spirit guide and his shaman brother, Tecumseh sets out to unite the tribes to reclaim their land from the white settlers. Could the tribes succeed or would the movement be snuffed out? From the finest strands of magical realism, Fiore has woven a historical re-imagining of Tecumseh's War, where the reader is so perfectly caught, he forgets he already knows how Tecumseh's story ends."

—Cristel Orrand, author of Khayal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692717073
Publisher: Can of Corn Media
Publication date: 06/03/2016
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 1,183,210
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

LC Fiore's debut novel Green Gospel (Livingston Press) was named First Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction); short-listed for the Balcones Fiction Prize; and long-listed for the Crook's Corner Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, and storySouth, among many others, and has been anthologized in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories (Persea Books) and Tattoos (Main Street Rag). His work has also appeared on NPR, TriQuarterly Review, and in various baseball publications. He is the communications director for the North Carolina Writers' Network and lives in Durham, NC, with his wife and daughter.

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The Last Great American Magic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel of early America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well researched and poetic story of Tecumseh and the Shawnee tribes, the captives they take, and the challenges that face them as a people. It is told in a cinematic style, piecing together threads of documented history to complete a story that is vibrant and magical. Essential reading for any interested in the lesser known aspects of this country as well as those interested in seeing Native American culture alive in ways that few books do. Entertaining and thought-provoking, an artful look at humanities' complex past.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite The Last Great American Magic by L.C. Fiore is part historical fiction, part magical realism, part coming of age, set in the late eighteenth century. It re-imagines the life of Tecumseh, a legendary Shawnee warrior, and his brother, Rattle, gifted with prophetic powers. Together they hope to form a confederacy of Native American tribes and to drive out the invading white settlers for good. Starting in the midst of a battle in the wilds of Canada, Tecumseh has been shot and is close to death. As he is reflecting on his life, we're taken back to his childhood where he is the eldest in a set of triplets. With a name that destines him for greatness, he has to come to terms with that, as well as carrying the burden of taking care of his brothers who struggle to determine their own fates. While I had heard of the name Tecumseh, I have never actually read about the man himself and reading L.C. Fiore's latest novel excited quite a lot of my interest. I found myself curious about his life and goals and how closely they lined up with The Last Great American Magic, especially in relation to Tecumseh's brothers who, throughout the novel, felt more like literary archetypes than fully fleshed and well rounded people. Still, The Last Great American Magic is an ambitious novel, with an overarching theme of brotherhood, from Tecumseh and his brother, Rattle, to the Shawnee and neighboring tribes, to the Native Americans and the white settlers. Fiore tries not to follow the easy route with his theme and for the most part manages to succeed, while at the same time bringing to life a wilder period in American history. Good for any reader interested in Tecumseh and who doesn't mind a dash of magical realism mixed with historical fiction.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Last Great American Magic by L.C. Fiore revolves around the legendary Shawnee warrior, Tecumseh, who was not only gifted, but was also groomed from day one to lead. Shawnee Indians are a religious tribe in the lush river valley of Ohio and Tecumseh's twin brother, Rattle, also had supernatural gifts. They put aside their rivalry and reconcile, hoping to drive the white settlers out of the place where they once lived. With his spirit guide and brother, Tecumseh takes readers along with him on his journey of finding his mission and purpose in life. And amidst all this, he falls in love with his beautiful white hostage. Will Tecumseh and Rattle succeed in their mission? The book is a compelling read with suspense, history, and action. The characters are strongly well portrayed and they leave lasting impressions in the minds of readers. The author's fluidity in expressing and narrating the scenes gives a good pace and movement to the plot, making the book engaging and entertaining. The story is colorful and vibrant and the historical angle makes it memorable. The story is profound and insightful and shows Tecumseh effectively, highlighting him as a warrior in the eyes of readers. The romantic angle gives the plot a new twist from the action. For all those who already know the story of Tecumseh, reading this book will make them relive the war and take them on an exciting journey into the past.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite The lifestyle of the Native American tribes changed quickly and dramatically as settlers moved further into the country, looking for farming and grazing lands. Tecumseh was one of the last leaders of his people to try to prevent the loss of their heritage and The Last Great American Magic unapologetically tells his story as he grows into manhood, trying to hold his tribe together and maintain what he felt their creator had planned for them. Suffering one type of hardship after another, Tecumseh struggles to uphold the values taught to him by his father as he deals with changing political conditions and unsettled family dynamics. With a fun-loving spirit guide and a strong connection to nature, Tecumseh remains steadfast in his determination not to submit to the will of the American politicians. Using his reputation for fearlessness in battle, Tecumseh travels the central part of the growing US to rally other tribes to fight for their freedom. Unfortunately, he begins to see that the magic once held by his people has faded and become impotent in the face of the westward push of settlers. How Tecumseh chooses to live out his life confronted by these changes is a testament to the strength of his beliefs. L.C. Fiore has masterfully depicted the majesty and mystery of Native American life in Colonial America in this spellbinding novel, The Last Great American Magic. It is easy to feel the strength of the Spirit and its connection with nature as the characters follow their long-held beliefs, even as this way of life is slowly pushed to adapt to new forces outside of the people’s control. This is truly historical fiction at its best. An excellent story told with great empathy and reverence.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Last Great American Magic by L.C. Fiore is an epic tale of war and magic, featuring very interesting characters, powerful themes, and a classic conflict, a story that paints an exotic landscape with a unique culture in the tradition of The Last of the Mohicans. Two brothers, one a prophet and the other a warrior, reconcile their childhood grievances and work together to protect a culture threatened by post-colonial wars. Spiced with a love story between the warrior and a beautiful hostage, this story is packed with breathtaking action and surprising twists that make the read hugely irresistible. L.C. Fiore is a master craftsman when it comes to characters and plot. Fast-paced and intriguing, the plot has many "Aha!" moments. The story begins with action and the evocation of powerful and interesting images: the warrior, Tecumseh, shot and languishing alone in pain, the forest, and the solitude, and then the practiced, sharp sense of hearing culling the sounds around him. The reader is immediately thrust into a powerful canvas of war and the chaos it creates. But the focus on the plight of the warrior is something that creates a driving sense of curiosity in the reader who wants to know if the warrior will survive and what will happen if he does. The language has a spell of its own, beautiful and utterly descriptive with a sensuality that transports readers into untraveled terrains. The Last Great American Magic is a captivating story, a hard-to-put-down tale of courage, nerve, and love from a master storyteller.