The Orenda ~ Joseph Boyden

orendaWe’re pretty excited about the new novel by Giller Prize winning author, Joseph Boyden which arrived in our store last week.

The Orenda opens with the kidnapping of Snow Falls, a spirited Iroquois girl with a special gift.  Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors and statesmen.  Although  it’s been years since the murder of  his family members, they’re never far from his mind.  In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter;  he sees that the girl possesses powerful magic, something useful to him and his people on the troubled road ahead.  The Huron Nation has battled the Iroquois for as long as Bird can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more dangerous peril from afar.  A charismatic Jesuit missionary has found his calling amongst the Huron, devoting himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ.

As these three souls dance one another through intricately woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars, and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.  Powerful and deeply moving, The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love.  A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is at its roots timeless and eternal.

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