“A beautiful gift in the form of a well-conceived and imagined, carefully researched, and meticulously written novel.” – Writer’s Digest 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards
The first recorded Europeans to cross the Mississippi River reached the western shore on June 18, 1541. Hernando de Soto and his army of 350 conquistadors spent the next year and a half conquering the nations in the fertile flood plains of eastern Arkansas.
Three surviving sixteenth-century journals written during the expedition, detailed a complex array of twelve different nations. Each had separate beliefs, languages, and interconnected villages with capital towns comparable in size to European cities of the time. Through these densely populated sites, the Spanish carried a host of deadly old-world diseases, a powerful new religion, and war.
No other Europeans ventured into this land until French explorers arrived 130 years later. They found nothing of the people or the towns that the Spanish had so vividly described. For those long-lost nations, the only hope that their stories, their last remaining essence will ever be heard again lies with one unlikely Storykeeper.
“Compelling saga” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer – Midwest Book Review
“A stunning novel” Helen Hollick – Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice) “A beautifully woven tale” J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Readers’ Favorite Award “A vivid epic . . . intriguingly complex” – Kirkus Reviews
“It is the type of story that needs to be told.” – The BookLife Prize in Fiction