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The Last Great American Magic

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Named NOVEL OF THE YEAR by Underground Book Reviews!

Some men are born heroes.

By the late eighteenth century, the lush river valley of the Ohio Country is the last stronghold of the Shawnee Indians, a deeply religious tribe whose medicine men practice the blackest and most potent magical arts. The Last Great American Magic reimagines the legend of Tecumseh, a physically gi
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Can of Corn Media
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Dee Arr
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Author L.C. Fiore has written a compelling fictionalized version of Tecumseh’s life. Loosely based on the Shawnee leader’s life, the story is imaginative and attempts to capture the mood of those living in America during its early years. Mr. Fiore paints a picture of the life of Native Americans in the late 18th/early 19th centuries, and I thought this aspect of the book was a five-star effort.

The author has injected a love interest into the story, star-crossed lovers that are separated by the
Randy Daugherty
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Tecumseh the last great war chief of the Shawnee,and the last great hope of the eastern tribes to hold back the flow of whites traveling west.
We know how he met his end but here we have a re-telling, a mixture of history and fiction to show another side of Tecumseh. We also learn of his love for a white woman that never lessened over time,and as the story says saved a fort from destruction because she was there.
The -Panther=Crossing the -Sky will always be a special person in history, and this
Steve Lindahl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Great American Magic is a retelling of the story of Tecumseh, “a Native American Shawnee warrior and chief, who became the primary leader of a large, multi-tribal confederacy in the early years of the nineteenth century” (per Wikipedia). In L.C. Fiore's novel there are elements of mysticism interwoven with history in a way that captures the spiritual side to the Shawnee culture. Tecumseh's brother, Rattle, was renamed Prophet after he died and returned to life, which indicates how impor ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Last Great American Magic" quickly overcame my middling feelings toward mythology and magical realism. L. C. Fiore's seamless blend of history, romance, and Native American culture is rich in surprises and deeply pleasing. I especially enjoyed how, in telling Tecumseh's story, Fiore works in cameos by figures including John Chapman and historical tidbits such as the New Madrid quake. I even found myself looking forward to appearances by the magical figure Crazy Jack, who pops in exactly whe ...more
Cal Nordt
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this a year or two ago and deleted it from my book list by mistake (still not up to speed on using Goodreads and I've read and am reading so many books it's hard to keep track of them all!).

I just want to say how much I enjoyed this book and that I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Native American culture and history, or the history of the United States, for that matter, or anyone who just wants to read a very engaging and interesting, original, book to read.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written and overall enjoyable work of historical fiction told from the Shawnee point of view.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Was a bit surprised to find Johnny Appleseed woven into the story.
L.C. Fiore
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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"The Last Great American Magic by L.C. Fiore is an epic tale of war and magic, featuring very interesting characters, powerful themes,and a classic conflict, a story that paints an exotic landscape with a unique culture in the tradition of The Last of the Mohicans. L.C. Fiore is a master craftsman when it comes to characters and plot. The language has a spell of its own, beautiful and utterly descriptive with a sensuality that transports readers into untraveled terrains. The
Cristel Orrand
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The spider had strung its web between two tree limbs…” of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, where Shawnee warrior Tecumseh is caught in the web between the old ways and white man’s, and runs the gauntlet between love and honor. With the aid and subversion of his prankster spirit guide, Crazy Jack, and his shaman brother, Rattle, Tecumseh sets out to unite the tribes to reclaim their land from the white settlers. Could the tribes succeed, or would the movement be but a candle flame “c ...more
Owen Duffy
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a well researched and poetic story of Tecumseh and the Shawnee tribes, the captives they take, and the challenges that face them as a people. It is told in a cinematic style, piecing together threads of documented history to complete a story that is vibrant and magical. Essential reading for any interested in the lesser known aspects of this country as well as those interested in seeing Native American culture alive in ways that few books do. Entertaining and thought-provoking, an artful ...more
Lizzie Vadas
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! I'm a sucker for historical fiction (with added spin) and love Native American subjects, so this was right up my alley. Add elements of magic, spiritualism & heartbreaking love to get a story that moves along quickly, full of beautiful images. I loved the clear, well written characters (Magic Jack, Rattle) and how they evolved through the course of the book. The author weaves both realism and magic together perfectly throughout. It's an entertaining read that hits every ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Last Great American Magic is truly a well crafted novel that has a bit of something for everyone - historical fiction, adventure, magical realism, and romance. But the true stand out is the author's prose. Full of beautiful sentences and paragraphs that you find yourself re-reading for the pleasure of it, Mr. Fiore has exceptional talent. It's not often that you run across a page turner that's also exceptionally well written. You will not be disappointed. ...more
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THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC is a worthy read and holds broad appeal for any who enjoy historical or literary fiction, romance and even fantasy. It is a beautifully written, quality novel and worthy of the title TOP PICK.

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Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great story! Thank you L.C. Fiore for sending me the ebook. I love historical fiction. This was my first time reading one with the Native Americans. The characters were very believable and you told the story well.
Andrew Yankech
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author can turn a phrase.
Deboray Y. Gregory
Terrible formatting.

Whole pages of were lost and some repeated. The ending is abrupt, and, seemingly missing parts. These shortcomings made the story terribly confusing.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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L.C. Fiore's debut novel, Green Gospel (Livingston Press), was named First Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction), short-listed for the Balcones Fiction Prize, and long-listed for theCrook's Corner Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, The Ottawa Object, and storySouth, among many others, and has been anthologized in S ...more

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