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Reviewed by Lucille P. Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
While a young boy, Clay learns quickly there are rough times ahead because a child who has grown up in an Indian environment is not welcomed by many white people.
At thirteen years old, Clay escapes from being slave to the Apaches only to become a slave to the White man. By chance he escapes and disappears. Now he is all grown up and he has come back to town as Clay. Clay wanted only to see McGee who had helped him escape the Apaches, but the Hoodys think he has returned to avenge himself. And what of Te, a woman who has been reared by a different tribe? “What’s your white name?” Clay asks. “I have none. I am one of The People. I am Witoka Te. Never will I be white again.” Will she help him or hurt him? Clay is going to find out real soon.
This story brings to mind the old westerns I watched on the television while growing up. Westerns have always been a favorite of mine. I believe Ms. Wills did a fine job writing up this story and portraying the problems this little white boy had when he escaped from the Indians. Being a small part of Indian myself, I learned the hard way that many white people are prejudiced against many of the races inhabiting our world today. It is tough going for a child. I believe most any reader would find something in this story he/she liked. Events flowed smoothly; writing good.
About the Author:
Larion Wills, a multi-genre author, also writes under the name of Larriane Wills. From science fiction to western romances she holds up to her tag of ‘two names, one author, thousands of stories.’ Born in Oklahoma, but raised in Arizona she feels a native to the state and has settled in the high desert country. In a quiet, rural area with a family who tolerates her writer’s single-mindedness, she presents us with a series of unique westerns while still producing contemporary romances, many laced with paranormal settings, all with strong characterizations and suspenseful plots, capable of dragging you into a story in a genre you thought you didn’t care for previously. At her website, you can keep abreast of releases under both pen names.