I love Joseph Boyden’s work. Ever since I read Through Black Spruce and Three Day Road, I was blown away by his storytelling and featuring of characters of Aboriginal / First Nations heritage. In The Orenda, we get a tale that’s told from three different points of view: “a Huron warrior named Bird, a young Iroquois girl named Snow Falls, and a French Jesuit missionary named Christophe.”
Utterly graphic in its depictions of violence and tribal wars, the story is set against the tense backdrop of early 17th century Canada (or what would eventually become Canada). If you liked the movie The Revenant, then you will definitely enjoy this novel of survival and conflict, squirm at the torture scenes, and question everything you know about the land that we live on. Beautifully written and epic.
Also by Joseph Boyden: Born With a Tooth (short stories), Through Black Spruce, Three Day Road