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Burning Sky

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  786 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman lying in her path. Feeling obliged to nurse his injuries, the two quickly find much has changed during h ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by WaterBrook
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Lori Benton
Jan 24, 2015 Lori Benton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi Readers!

I thought I'd share here about one of the characters in Burning Sky who is near and dear to me for many reasons.

In an interview I did when Burning Sky released in 2013 I was asked, "Did your own battle and survivorship with cancer influence your novel?"

A: Very much so. One of the themes in Burning Sky is redefining oneself after a significant loss. Many of the characters in the story are on that journey but one of them, Neil MacGregor—the Scottish botanist and physician aided by Will
Joanne Bischof
Feb 01, 2013 Joanne Bischof rated it it was amazing
Burning Sky is a powerful and heart-tugging novel that I could scarcely put down. With a beautiful and lyrical voice, Lori Benton draws the reader into the world of her characters on the wild frontier of early America. I found myself rooting for them all. My heart hurt when theirs did and I rejoiced along side them. It’s a story that’s stuck with me long after I turned the last page. Highly recommended!
Aug 07, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mysteries
This beautiful story swept me away. Even though it's substantial in length, I gulped it down in two sittings. I was drawn into the pain of the main character, Willa, and fell in love with the children and hero Neil MacGregor. I love it when an author can portray a man of God in such a realistic & convincing way. Can't wait for more from this author. Highly recommend!

The long review from my blog:

“’It is about the heart and knowing the voice of the Great Good God in your spirit,’ he told the
Oct 03, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I haven't LOVED a debut novel as much as Burning Sky in a long time.

Burning Sky isn't your normal kind of book. I think I knew this before even reading it, simply from what I'd heard about it... and likely the strange undeniable draw I had to a book named simply after its heroine.

I'm not sure what to say. I spent two days straight reading this book. I stayed up until 2am on a Saturday night to finish it--despite the fact that I'd been more tired lately than I'd ever been (due to being at the nea
Jul 02, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenges
Burning Sky is a great story. I'm so glad that I was challenged to read this book. I already have Ms. Benton's newest book on hold at my library.
I admired Willa's strength of character & how she made the best of being thrust into a new situation, a new family. I also liked how she didn't try to excuse or explain away her life with the Mohawks.
Neil & Joseph Tames His Horse were also great characters. I didn't think that Joseph showed his faith very much through most the story. Neil was
SUMMARY: Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman lying in her path. Feeling obliged to nurse his injuries, the two quickly find much has changed during her twelve-year absence—her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, and the you ...more
Elaine Cooper
Aug 02, 2013 Elaine Cooper rated it it was amazing
Burning Sky by Lori Benton is one of those riveting novels that make you regret the need for sleep. Each chapter begged me to proceed to the next and, when the final page was viewed, I reluctantly closed the book, wishing the story would continue on

This is the tale of Willa Obenchain. After twelve years of captivity with the Mohawk tribe, the young, grieving woman can barely say her own name. Her ability to speak her native English is as much a struggle as sorting through her sense of who she is
Feb 04, 2013 Casey rated it liked it
Fans of Laura Frantz will find a beloved new favorite in the pages of “Burning Sky”, a novel due to hit shelves in August, 2013.

Very reminiscent with strong themes of strength, courage and determination, Willa is a young woman trapped by her past and yearning to be set free, but unsure how to allow herself to move forward. The love triangle in the story plays strongly to this effect and made for much tension both romantic and otherwise.

What I enjoyed most about the story was the heart of our her
Amanda G. Stevens
Dec 26, 2015 Amanda G. Stevens rated it it was amazing
When Willa Obenchain was fourteen years old, she was abducted by Mohawk Indians and renamed Burning Sky. Now she's come home to the village she once knew, to the land and homestead of her parents. Love and grief have changed her in the last twelve years, and the American Revolution has altered forever both the Mohawk community she left and the white community she's returning to. Willa has a plan: to live alone for the rest of her days, strong enough to resist love and therefore hurt. But her bro ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Aug 08, 2013 Bluerose's Heart rated it it was amazing
The Native American aspect of this book is what pulled my interest its way. I didn't know much about the plot before I began reading other than that. I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't more to the Native American aspect. There are a few main characters that are Native American, and a couple background characters that are so, but we don't get to see the true Native American lifestyle within its pages. There are references to certain traditions and customs made, though, which I enjoyed. ...more
Rivka Ray
I feel that 3 stars might be a bit harsh for this book. I did enjoy it. Mostly. And I feel that the book is well written. And it started out really promising. But it lulled in the middle and I found myself quickly losing interest. It seems like a book that is suppose to be really good. It just did not click with me.

I love reading books about native americans and the settlers on the frontier. I was so looking forward to this one! The beginning was beautiful. The characters were well developed and
Sep 20, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
This was a truly engrossing and emotionally charged book that I just couldn't put down. I didn't just "like" or "love" the characters of Burning Sky/Willa, Joseph-Tames-His-Horse, and Neil McGregor- I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM! It reminded me a lot of the feelings I experienced when I read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series for the very first time.

Although not a time traveling type of book, Lori Benton has intricately woven her historical research so well that I felt I time travelled back to earl
Hmm mixed feelings about this one. I don't think I was really able to connect with the main character Burning Sky, and although I loved Neil, I just can't enjoy stories whenever there are love triangles involved. Plus I felt that the story was too long in some places, and that led to skimming. Not what I expected but still an enjoyable read. Maybe I'll try another Lori Benton book someday in the future.
When Willa Obenchain is kidnapped by Indians at the age of fourteen, she expects to never see her parents again. She adapts to her new culture with the Wolf Clan, her new life. She even eventually marries and has children. Then, in practically the blink of an eye, she loses everything and is left adrift. She has two choices. She can either follow join the Wolf Clan at Niagara where the British soldiers have promised refuse. Or she can return home to the parents she hasn't seen in twelve years. S ...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Burning Sky is the debut novel by Lori Benton and I can't wait to read more by her. Lori Benton from the first page captured my attention and never let it go till the end.

Burning Sky to the Mohawk tribe she was carried off to or Wilhelmina (Willa) Obenchain as she was called by her parents and friends before she was taken, is trapped between the two worlds she has now lived in. Willa lived with her parents and grandma in the log cabin on the frontier of New York State during the Revolutionary Wa
Nike Chillemi
BURNING SKY by Lori Benton is a captivating historical epic novel set in the post-Revolutionary War era. This debut novel won the Grace Awards 2013 in the Action-Adventure/Western/Epic Fiction category. The novel's historical accuracy is obvious, as well as the author's knowledge of the Native American tribes then living in New York State. The author's expressive prose paints a vibrant picture of life at that time. This novel would be a valuable addition to any homeschooling curriculum.

Ms. Bento
Paula Vince
Jul 02, 2014 Paula Vince rated it really liked it
First of all, I've got to mention the excellent way this book came to me. I won it by commenting on a blog, and it was delivered by the postman the very morning I was keeping track of the 2014 Christy Awards on live feed. Just as I was unwrapping it, this book was given a triple honour, winning two categories and book of the year. I couldn't ask for a better time to receive it.

Willa Oberchain was abducted by tribal Indians aged 14 and re-named Burning Sky. Twelve years later, her Indian family a
Carrie Pagels
Aug 09, 2013 Carrie Pagels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colonial
I received an ARC. I cannot imagine what they could have changed from the ARC that would have improved the book. Nor am I under compulsion to give this book a positive review—but I'd dare them to stop me from doing so as I loved this story!

This book will or should win awards next year. Wilhemina “Willa” Obenchain was a 14-year-old girl living in a community in upstate NewYork when she was kidnapped and taken in by the Mohawks. She married and had two children but her family is now gone and she h
Dec 20, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Story That Brings the Frontier to Life!

Frontier novels are quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. I just really enjoy learning about the early years of our country and I honestly love stories with Indians in them. Especially Indian love interests! Lori Benton’s debut novel, Burning Sky, was just as wonderful as everyone said it was and I enjoyed it immensely. I am looking forward to reading more from this new author!

At the young age of 14, Willa Obenchain was abducted by Mohawk
Karen Barnett
Jul 21, 2013 Karen Barnett rated it it was amazing
"What I have seen, what I have done, it has changed me. I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss." The opening prologue of Burning Sky sets the tone for this beautiful frontier novel by debut author, Lori Benton. I was instantly captured by the truth of these words. What we experience changes us and how we view the world--not to mention how the world views us.

Ever since I was a child, devouring books like Caddie Woodlawn and Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison ,
Jul 23, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! After reading the first few pages online I was hooked.

Having grown up in NY state, I was intrigued in a story set just after the American Revolution in a familiar area. Lori Benton did an excellent job creating a compelling story of a young woman caught between two worlds. She'd been kidnapped by Mohawk Indians as a young teen and came of age in a new culture that she accepted as her own. Now at the age of 26 she decides to return "home" to her white family.

The au
Jul 30, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I read this because it was nominated for like 3 categories of this years Christy awards. Oh my gosh so good, one point towards the end I couldn't put it down as it was eating at me and i couldn't concentrate on my chores so I HAD to finish it. I only wish I knew there was a Gaelic and Mohawk dictionary at the back of the book before I finished it!!! Lol
Catherine Richmond
The very best in historical fiction.

History classes often focus on war - dates, battles, generals. Lori Benton's Burning Sky shows the aftermath, how war laid waste to families, devastated individuals, and wrecked relationships. It shows how angry men blame the victim, accusing her of being tainted, and assault her. But Burning Sky also shows the power of Christ's love to heal and restore.

Dec 29, 2013 Staci rated it really liked it
This was a debut novel and what a fine one! The book is about healing, forgiveness, perseverance and strength. It was a beautiful story set in the 1700s. Highly recommended.
Jul 14, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Real Rating: 3.8 stars.
May 15, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
There are a few historical fiction authors that I really love and admire.
They are the sort of author who knows how to put you back into the time and place where
the characters are, whose very writing is steeped in the era they are describing.

Shall I name a few such writers whom I have had the pleasure of meeting lately?

Jocelyn Green, author of the Heroine's Behind the Lines Series.
The first two books, Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg,
have been written so far, gritty and glorious stories
Gwendolyn Gage
Jan 07, 2014 Gwendolyn Gage rated it really liked it
As reading friends began a loud buzz of praise for Lori Benton’s debut novel, I got curious. So curious, in fact, I did something I haven’t done in a long time—I drove to my local bookstore and paid full price for "Burning Sky". (The post-American Revolutionary setting coupled with the Historical Romance genre may have been a huge temptation factor.)

The three-dimensional characters give this book its award winning quality—they were so well-developed, I felt like they could be people I know. Whil
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“I remember the borders of our land, though I have been gone from them nearly half the moons of my life. But who there will remember me? What I have seen, what I have done, it has changed me.

I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.

Yet memory of our land is a clear stream. I shall know it as a mother knows the faces of her children. It may be I will find me there.“
Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obencha
Jenny Q
Jun 27, 2013 Jenny Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
After war and illness decimate her tribe and rob her of her husband and children, Willa Obenchain, the Mohawk woman once known as Burning Sky, having nowhere else to go, returns to the village of Shiloh on the New York frontier, where she had been abducted twelve years earlier. She discovers a homeland still struggling to put itself back together after the American Revolution, where long-held grudges are still simmering along with a deep distrust of the Native Americans who helped the British. S ...more
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Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bond ...more
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“I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.” 11 likes
“The air inside the cabin swirled with stale memories, echoes of once-familiar voices trapped within, awaiting her coming to free them.” 2 likes
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