Thursday, May 25

Book Review: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

Author: Charles Frazier
Title: Thirteen Moons
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 422
Published: Jan 2006
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Used Book Store)

At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will’s character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will’s heart. In a voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.

Literally, this book has been sitting on my shelf since forever. I bought this shortly after reading Cold Mountain which is this author's most popular book and one of my favorite tales. I'm not sure why I avoided this book for so long....but I decided to blow off the dust and finally give it ago.

The author is for sure talented and does have a way with words and sharing a tale. However...sadly...this did not capture me like the first book I had read. 

Yes, the story was interesting and I was curious about what was going to happen next. BUT I was utterly bored and it felt like a book one would be forced to read for a literature class. There were some good parts that make you think, feel, and wonder about. A few good quotes, but overall, I was bored to tears. 

The characters were intriguing but as 2D as they come especially Will's girlfriend. Man...I wanted to give her a swift kick in the face. Will was pretty dynamic in some ways, but still pretty flat. I wish this tale had been told in a different POV...maybe that would've made it better. 

The idea of this novel was good, but the execution was missing the sparkle and magic of the last book. I do want to read more and hopefully, it is better. Out of five stars, I'll give this 2 stars. 


Blodeuedd said...

Yeah no thank u

Carole Rae said...

Yeaaaaah...if I had only known I would've avoided it. lol

Anachronist said...

Good ideas bad execution - it happens so often, unfortunately. Pity this one belongs to that category.

vvb32 reads said...

I loved Cold Mountain book and movie versions. Too bad this did not work out.

Carole Rae said...

Ana, so tragic.

vvb32, me too! I'm bummed I didn't love this like the other one.