A bestselling master of historical fiction, James Alexander Thom
has brought unforgettable Native American figures to life for
millions of readers, powerfully dramatizing their fortitude,
fearsomeness, and profound fates. Now he and his wife, Dark Rain,
have created a magnificent portrait of an astonishing woman-one who
led her people in war when she could not persuade them to make
Her name was Nonhelema. Literate, lovely, imposing at over six feet
tall, she was the Women's Peace Chief of the Shawnee Nation-and
already a legend when the most decisive decade of her life began in
1774. That fall, with more than three thousand Virginians poised to
march into the Shawnees' home, Nonhelema's plea for peace was
denied. So she loyally became a fighter, riding into battle covered
in war paint. When the Indians ran low on ammunition, Nonhelema's
role changed back to peacemaker, this time tragically.
Negotiating an armistice with military leaders of the American
Revolution like Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, she found
herself estranged from her own people-and betrayed by her white
adversaries, who would murder her loved ones and eventually maim
Throughout her inspiring life, she had many deep and complex
relationships, including with her daughter, Fani, who was an
adopted white captive . . . a pious and judgmental missionary,
Zeisberger . . . a series of passionate lovers . . . and, in a
stunning creation of the Thoms, Justin Case-a cowardly soldier
transformed by the courage he saw in the female Indian leader.
Filled with the uncanny period detail and richly rendered drama
that are Thom trademarks, "Warrior Woman" is a memorable novel of a
remarkable person-one willing to fight to avoid war, by turns tough
and tender, whose heart was too big for the world she wished to
"From the Hardcover edition."
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