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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Hontas by V.M. Sawh is another short story in the series Good Tales for Bad Dreams. This time, we are taken to Western Wyoming in 1880. Hontas is a bounty hunter with her trusted partner, John. They have been given the task of hunting a man called Smythe. The bounty promised would set the pair up for a life of luxury and get them out of the bounty business for good. When they manage to track down the target, the pair finds themselves in deeper than they imagined. Does Hontas have the courage to face her Native American past in order to survive?
Hontas by V.M. Sawh is an intense story. Basing the story premise on Pocahontas, Sawh completely twists the tale to apply to the tragic slaughter of thousands of Native Americans across the Western Territories. I enjoyed this story much more than Cinders, another installment in this series. I found the characters better developed and the scenery much clearer to picture. This story is not for the faint of heart as there are graphic descriptions of violence. I was curious to learn more about Native Americans pushed into slavery. I did not know they were made to work on the railroads so that is something I will have to read up on. It was an interesting twist to have a character called John and a character called Smythe. It was almost as if the author were presenting two sides of how white people felt about the Native Americans. Overall, this is a quick, dramatic read with a satisfying ending.