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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Spirit Wolf: A High Plains Warrior Novel by Michael O. Gibbs is a dazzling story set against a warrior culture of the mid-1700s on the Great Plains; a story that features great characters and invaluable lessons for life. What does it take to be a man and a warrior? What are the laws of survival? What is true leadership? These are questions that are brilliantly answered in this tale. The reader follows the life of a fifteen-year-old Native American boy who goes to live in the wilderness for fear of the threat to his life from a powerful adversary. But in the mountains, a hermit will open his eyes to great knowledge, modeling on the behavior of animals.
The story starts with intense action; a dramatic incident of murder has greatly disturbed the peace of the land. “The warrior, Fox Belly, was clubbed to death and his wife, Crow Woman, was forcibly dragged away to the killer’s hovel. By nighttime, Crow Woman was rescued and the killer condemned to banishment, but no social issue involving the odd Tall Rabbit had ever been resolved that simply.” Having introduced readers to some of the key characters, the author drops a bombshell that creates one of the conflicts that will dominate this story.
The writing is gorgeous, and readers will undoubtedly enjoy the lyricism in the style and the symbolism. The plot moves very fast, punctuated with reflections about life that are eye-opening. Spirit Wolf: A High Plains Warrior Novel by Michael O. Gibbs might read beautifully, fast, and entertaining, but it is one of those books with multi layers, just like the Alchemist of Paulo Coelho.