Leisure, August 2005
Returning home the King family discover their cabin has been all but destroyed. Seems the peace between them and the Ute and Crow Indians has come to an end. The younger generation see the white man as an enemy who must be killed. Now Nate King decides he has no choice but to seek a new home. With a bloodthirsty war party tracking him it seem he might not live long enough to find a new homestead.
This entry into the Wilderness series seems to be setting the King’s up for a new chapter in their lives. From the discovery of their trashed cabin this book gallops along at a breathtaking pace.
David Thompson’s story tugs at all the emotions, heartfelt sadness for the destruction of the King’s home. The anger of revenge for this, and the wounding of Winona. The elation of discovering new beauty in the country, the fear of death - by animal or man, and laughter - particularly the comments from Chases Rabbits, a terrific supporting character who in my mind had all the best lines (the end of chapter ten had me laughing out loud). All of this combine to make Untamed Country a very difficult book to put down.
If you’ve never yet read a book in this terrifc series this could be a good place to take the plunge due to it, seemingly, being a book of new beginnings.