Kernan, Jenna, Running Wolf, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).
Title: Running Wolf
Author: Jenna Kernan
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); POC; WOC
Running Wolf is a valiant Sioux warrior. During his first raid as war chief, he captures a surprising Crow enemy — a woman! This spirited fighter is unlike any he’s ever met. Her beauty and audacity are entrancing, but threaten his iron resolve…
Snow Raven must focus on freeing herself, not on the man who keeps her captive. But as she falls deeper under Running Wolf’s spell, she realizes he is her warrior — and she’ll risk everything for him!
From the moment Snow Raven came charging into my first scene on her white horse I have been in love with this character. My heroine is the daughter of a Crow chief and is bright, stoic and brave – even after being captured by her enemies. At first she wants only to survive until she is rescued. But when face with the needs of her fellow captives she grows into a warrior, forgoing her own happiness to win their freedom.
My hero, Running Wolf, is the war chief of his Sioux tribe and an enemy to the Crow people. Running Wolf is at first intrigue, then confounded, and later fascinated by the captive Snow Raven. They both resist a love that will cost them all. He must lead his people and protect them from their enemies, while she must try to bring her people home. What chance does love have when pitted against duty?
I had a wonderful time writing about two Native characters who lived on the North American Plains in a time after the Spanish and before the Americans came to challenge their dominance. The research for this story was a joy – especially learning all I could on earning coup feathers. When I discovered that a woman could become a warrior I was thrilled.
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