I loved this book and Boyden's other novels as well. I found the characters came alive for me and made the history alive in a way I hadn't experienced before, in spite of learning about the region and the indigenous relationships with the French through my entire school career. Nothing is held back in terms of the brutality and violence, but I think he does an amazing job of making the reader understand why each group commits these acts.

The fact that Boyden's claims to Metis heritage are dubious is very disappointing, but he is still an incredible writer who does meticulous research -I recommend this book for all Canadians and anyone who loves historical fiction with literary quality writing.

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