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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Spirit Rock: A Susquehannock Tale is a work of fiction in the historical, Christian, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Wanda MacAvoy. Set in the eighteenth century in the United States of America, our protagonist Ahanu is one of the few surviving members of the Susquehannock tribe. Raging against the influence and invasion of the white man, Ahanu discovers something more powerful than revenge when he falls for Siskia. So begins a journey that will change their lives and their hearts as they witness great hardships, terrifying massacres, and the change that sweeps their lands, but also find solace in one another and their renewed faith.
Author Wanda MacAvoy has crafted a wonderful tale which sticks to its core themes faithfully throughout and will be sure to give readers a full emotional rollercoaster, but also a sense of triumph and fulfillment at its end. One of the things I particularly appreciated about the reading experience was the author’s commitment to history, which makes for really compelling reading as you know you’re in safe hands in every precise detail and atmospheric touch. This makes for an immersive experience which is also educational and will surely give readers a desire to learn more about the time period and the consequences of the events taking place. I also thought that the character work was really good, making Ahanu and Siskia highly relatable young people who you could get to know deeply. Overall, I would recommend Spirit Rock: A Susquehannock Tale to readers who enjoy accurate and well-researched historical fiction with great themes and plenty of heart.