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Two Rivers

(The Great Peacemaker Series #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  926 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Librarian note: Older cover of B00DTT5KGI.

Having survived the failed raid on the enemy lands, Tekeni had no illusions. He was nothing but an enemy cub, adopted into one of the clans, but not accepted, never for real. To fit in was difficult, to run away – impossible. To get into trouble, more often than not, was the only available option. They did not expect anything else
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published July 8th 2013
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Cathy Ryan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Set in twelfth century upstate New York and South Eastern Canada, the story centres around three main protagonists. Tekeni, who was taken captive and adopted into the Wolf Clan after his father was killed, but has always been considered an outsider. He finds an ally in Two Rivers, an enigma among his people and also on the fringes of his society. I love the way Two Rivers is portrayed and the way his feelings and thoughts which he’s not afraid to express, along with the doubts and resis
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting historical fiction about the beginnings of the League of the Five Nations (Iroquois) with strong male characters, Takeni & Two Rivers, and a female, Seketa, who through their experiences forge a bond that in turn leads to the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and a democratic blueprint that has now been adopted universally amongst many democratic nations.

The story builds and intrigues the reader into the often troubling experiences of the characters and the human interactio
Ralph Chatterforth
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been intrigued to read one of Zoe Saadia’s books for a while; I enjoy historical fiction but the lives of the native tribes of South America is not a subject I am very familiar with. I can confirm that Two Rivers works on so many levels and I think primarily because the author writes in a way that brings every character so much to life that you empathise so readily and truly share in the adventure. The story centers on Tekeni, a young boy struggling to adapt to a tribal life that he has b ...more
Sara Gauldin
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was genuinely impressed by the clever interspersing of historical knowledge and research and a riveting plot that contained all the elements that I enjoy in a novel; action, drama, interpersonal layers and or course a hint of romance. The main character, Two Rivers leads a life of reflection as he questions the warlike practices of his tribe’s culture. He sees the logic of pursuing and maintaining a peaceful partnership with neighboring clans. A lasting peace would allow for a greater focus on ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent writing and wonderful reading! The mechanics of good writing were fine, and the research was solid. The author spread the narrative which made the book easy to read.

In the twelfth century, the Iroquois were building a nation and refining their civilization, and that amazes me. What the tribes did as it related to the first white settlers cannot be understated. I compare it to what the Roman roads meant to the spread of Christianity. The evolution of the tribes, like the evolution of
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really knocked me for six. I had no idea about American history of that time and how much there is known about the era before European settlements on the continent. I was glued to the pages, finding out about the Iroquois Great League, which was a culture in Canada during the 12th century. The author skilfully describes life in that culture, from the small, personal things to the larger political and historical ones.
This was such a feast and treat, I'm looking forward to the rest of th
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great first book of The Peacemaker trilogy. I love historical novels and this one did not disappoint me. The story of how the Five Nations of the Iroquois developed a way to live together in relative peace is interesting and entertaining. To see how the courage of a few can affect the lives of many is inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 of this trilogy and see how The Peacemaker progresses in his efforts to help his people. ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author does not disappoint. She combines the historical and fiction in such a seamless fashion so the reader is hooked from page one. On to book 2 of the trilogy.
Donna Foston
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book. Really puts you in the period and gives you a glimpse of what life was like. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Catherine Nobles
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Saadia's series on "The Great Peacemaker" is a must read for anyone who appreciates books about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people and their dedication to peace with the formation of the Five Nations Confederacy. Sometime between the 12th and 14th centuries, an amazing man, "Two River Currents Flowing Together" (Deganawida) persuaded five aggressive tribes to accept peace, tribes who had warred among each other so long that they could not remember any other way. The fact that Two Rivers had ...more
Rosie Amber
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

Two Rivers is the first book in a four book series. It's a Native American historical fiction based around the Great League of the Iroquois people of upstate New York, lake Ontario and bordering Canadian areas. The year is 1141, the people live in towns with clans and are held together by councils and precious laws handed down to the people.

We meet Tekeni a 17 year old boy who has been adopted into The Wolf Clan after his capture during a raid on his own people, the People of the Falls. Although
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Ms Saadia's work. She delves into American history to places and peoples I knew little or nothing about until I read her books. Then she brings them to vivid life with a flourish. Two Rivers is the name of a man with extraordinary vision, a man who unites the warring nations in twelfth century upstate New York into the peaceful Iroquois confederacy. But in this book, the first of three, we haven't got that far yet.

For the telling of the story, Ms Saadia has focused on a young man c
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Two Rivers, Zoe Saadia sweeps us once more into a unique historical time period and setting. This time it is early America in the 12th or 13th century. The tale is about two outcasts - Tekeni, an adopted young boy from an enemy tribe, and Two Rivers, a young man with a very different way of thinking than other members of the clan. And of course, there is a beautiful and strong love interest who is in love and loyal to Tekeni, despite all the ostracism and abuse the lad suffers.

There is plent
Antoinette Ouellette
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wanting to know ...and then? July 8, 2013
By Antoinette
I have a passion for historical fiction and have read all of Zoe Saadias mesoAmerican series.She has really got the knack of giving you a trip into the past and taking you into the story.I know the basic in the history of "the peacemaker" but she has given them " life" .I found myself a bystander in a world of Takeni where being adopted from another tribe was not an easy road,especially being his home was the enemy of his "new tribe".Often
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a book this turned out to be. I was curious how Zoe would tackle the task of writing a story about the rise of the Iroquois Confederation, and I have to say that she exceeded my expectations. This book has it all: prophecies (or is it really two parts of the same one?), strong characters, a dash of romance and the old battle of fighting against everything people do not understand and therefore tend to fear and hate.

From page one the protagonists draw you into their world making you live and
Terry Tyler
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think that historical fiction should be entertaining, while being expertly researched and teaching the reader about the period. Two Rivers ticks these boxes, and more. It's a simple story, written in Zoe Saadia's very, very readable style, but it tells so much. I never knew anything about the Great League of the Iroquois which is said to have been a great influence on the latter day USA constitution - I've started to learn all about it this weekend, whilst reading a cracking good story!

Ms Saad
Elias Zapple
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another splendid story from Zoe Saadia, and the first of a trilogy that'll have you eager to read the rest. Unlike her other known works, this, and its sequels, doesn't deal with the Aztecs. Instead we learn about the Native Americans pre Christopher Columbus and the various tribes that together formed the 'Five Nations' then six, a little like the European Union. Zoe masterfully weaves historical fact with fiction and fictional characters with factual, I believe there's a term for this kind of ...more
Two Rivers becomes known as The Peacemaker of the Iroquois nation when they formed the confederation of nations and put a stop to the constant wars between the people. In this fictional account of what might of happened based on what is know of this time in the Nations' history, it is a good story.

Part of the story is about Tekeni, a captured youth that was adopted and treated poorly in the Wolf Clan. Two Rivers, a warrior with a prophesy attached to him from birth comes to help Tekeni when he g
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two Rivers by Zoe Saadie
Slow start to to this account of the Iroquois Indians of upper New York 1400-1500. Nice story line, but more importantly then current of how to maintain peace. In their world as well as our own. Great detail to historical fact was appreciated.
Romance, intense rivalries, wild acts of bravery make for an enjoyable read.
The Iroquois law was thought to be the basis of our constitution.
This is a trilogy and look forward to the next two.
Jerry Beller
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two Rivers (The Great Peacemaker Series, book 1) by Zoe Saadia

Having read and loved all five books in the Rise of the Aztec Series, I wanted to read more books by Zoe Saadia, which led me to her new book, “Two Rivers”. This is book one of her new series about the formation of the Iroquois Confederation and, according to legend, how it came to be.

I have been fascinated with the Iroquois Confederacy for well over a decade, as it demonstrates clearly that a large network of rival Native American tr
N.A. Granger
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two Rivers, by Zoe Saadia, is the beginning of the Peacemaker series of historical fiction. It creates the world in which five sister nations of Native American came together to form the great Iroquois confederation that lasted for centuries.

According to history, a Great Peacemaker came from the Wyandot (Huron) people and crossed Lake Ontario to southeastern Canada. There he encountered what he had experienced with his own people, a vicious cycle of warring and retribution, which drained the tri
Dean McIntyre
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Growing up in Western New York, we studied and learned about the Iroquois Confederacy of five (later six) Indian nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. I even visited one of the reservations on a school field trip one year. TWO RIVERS is the fiction tale of the early tribes in that area of New York south of Lake Ontario that covered the Finger Lakes area in the 12th century, a time when the clans and tribes were at war with each other for land, resources, and labor. Tw ...more
Melissa Gray
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah, there is nothing like a book by Zoe Saadia. She never fails to capture my attention and hold onto it like a tight-fisted Scrooge. This book is no different, in that it lives up to all the rest. Starting the new series has me so excited and eager to learn more about my new "friends." Once again, Zoe has managed to bring the characters to life in a way that embeds them in your heart and leaves you wanting to join them, help them, pray for them... Whatever your reaction, I can promise, you will ...more
Uvi Poznansky
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From reading other books by Zoe Saadia, I learned that she has a deep passion for the lost culture of the pre-Columbian Americas, which she acts on by researching it, so as to incorporate the details of this fascinating history into her stories. TWO RIVERS is no different. The text is enhanced by maps that illustrate where the tale takes place, making it real. But make no mistake: the research remains in the background, and the writing is sensual, bringing you directly into the events. During th ...more
Larry B Gray
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
really enjoy reading good historical fiction and Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia is great historical fiction. It will keep you glued to the pages and wanting more.

Zoe Saadia’s style of storytelling brings history to life. Her characters add realism to the history and make it easier to relate to and follow. Once again she has done an excellent job of character development, creating characters that are easy to identify with.

It is apparent from the beginning that Zoe Saadia has done her homework and rese
Linda Gatza
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A history I never knew

Although I lived on the east coast for many years, I never learned anything about the history of the Iroquois confederation. I did learn the basic facts about the five nations but nothing of their constitution I am looking forward to learning more through this series.
B. Wilson
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two Rivers
A Review

I never give five stars in the grand scale of book reviews. What books do you know that should be given five stars? I know very few and they are all classics, proven timeless, but I'm giving “Two Rivers”, by Zoe Saadia, book one of “The Peacemaker Trilogy”, four and a half very bright stars in the field of historical fiction. Zoe Saadia has done it again, that is, crafted a beautiful tale of historical adventure, ancient culture and personal struggle that speaks volumes to the
John Dizon
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia is a well-crafted historical drama centered on a series of events in the life of Seketa, an Indian maiden of the Beaver Clan who finds herself involved in a heated dispute between a young loner, a visionary and a contentious warrior that threatens to change the future of the Iroquois Clans of the Great Sparkling Water. Tekeni is an orphan who finds himself in a dispute with Yeentso, whose disrespect of the marginalized youth results in a fight which is escalated before t ...more
Christoph Fischer
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Two Rivers" by Zoe Saadia was a fantastic surprise find for me. As European I know so little about American history and often falsely assumed there was nothing worth mentioning before the settlers arrived.
Zoe Saadia proves me dramatically wrong with her incredibly insightful, well reseached and utterly convincing historical novel about the Iroquois Great League in 12th century Canada.
Daily life, culture and tribe politics come to life beautifully in her novel with excellent detail and through h
Elizabeth Rubinsky
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great historical fiction

I read this book in almost one sitting, unable to put it down. Familiar with this author's other works, I expected a fast-paced historical full of well-researched details, sprinkled with a fair amount of romance and adventures.

Well, disappointed I was not, although this story is different from her Mesoamerican books. It has more cultural details and politics, and the characters are delightfully fresh and deep, somewhat different from the other books.
I hope the book two is
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Zoe Saadia is the author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas. From the architects of the Aztec Empire to the founders of the Iroquois Great League, from the towering pyramids of the Mexican Valley to the longhouses of the Great Lakes, her novels bring long-forgotten history, cultures and people to life, tracing pivotal events that brought about the greatness of North and Mesoamerica.


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