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The Holy Road (Dances With Wolves #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  546 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
An unforgettable American story, Dances With Wolves was an international bestseller that has become a modern classic. The 1990 film adaptation won seven Academy Awards. In The Holy Road, master storyteller Michael Blake at long last continues the saga. Eleven years have passed since Lieutenant John Dunbar became the Comanche warrior Dances With Wolves and married Stands Wi ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Hrymfaxe (first published 2001)
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Mary Mason They were originally Comanche in the book, but when they made the movie, had to change it to Sioux because they couldn't find anyone who spoke…moreThey were originally Comanche in the book, but when they made the movie, had to change it to Sioux because they couldn't find anyone who spoke Comanche or any buffalo herds near Oklahoma (where the Comanche reservation is). I just watched a documentary about this!(less)

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Tommy /|\
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
When I found out that there was a sequel to "Dances With Wolves" - I was extremely excited and happy. As a movie, DWW was fun to watch and stirred certain parts of my Pagan and Druidic soul. The novel of DWW brought everything into an even clearer focus and made a familiar storyline that much more fun for me. Sadly, "The Holy Road" didn't conjure the same feelings for me - at least not the first two-thirds of the book. Where DWW brought the concepts of daily American Indian life into focus -- TH ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Holy Road (Dances With Wolves #2), Michael Blake
Mary Brownfield
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wow, talk about depressing. I am drawn to stories that detail the human condition in bleak and unforgiving portraiture; this novel did not disappoint me. In beautifully written prose, the plight and subsequent destruction of the Comanche through US policy is detailed in an intimate fashion. You weep at the foretold destruction of these people, and yet you can't help but hope that against all historical accuracy they will prevail.
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is a sequel to Dances With Wolves (which was a novel before the movie). I can't say I totally didn't like it -- but it was disappointing and depressing. It has none of the charm of the original. It also doesn't have a real story in it -- Dances was the story of a man finding his true path, not just a depiction of Native Americans. This book just depicts the demise of the Native Americans, and adds nothing new to the telling.
Deborah Pickstone
The sequel to Dances with Wolves. If only Michael Blake had written more! This was hard to obtain (finally got it via Abe Books) but I had to read it and it is just as good. Brilliant, even - and tragic; the destruction of a people.

Read it if you can get it!
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
What I learned I learned from Michael Blake. Met him at the book release here in Tucson, Arizona. He has a true love for the Native Americans and the plight of the Buffalo. He gave me advice as an aspiring writer, never stop writing. His words have always stayed with me.
P.S. Winn
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The epic story continues as readers follow John Dunbar, eleven years after he became know as Dances with Wolves. Great story that takes readers into the past and the struggles faced in a harsh land.
Nik Morton
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Holy Road is a beautifully written historical novel. Dances with Wolves was published in 1988, the film was released in 1991. Michael Blake wrote the screenplay to his novel, so it is naturally very faithful to the book, with a few exceptions (mentioned below). Blake took some fifteen years before he could put ink to paper to continue the story, and the sequel was published in 2001. Blake now states in the 2011 reprint (Zova Books), ‘Unfortunately, what took place with all, including John Du ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to Dances With Wolves although it has less emphasis on him and his family. And more emphasis on the persecution and forced move of the tribes onto reservations. We watch Dances risk his life to rescue his wife and daughter by trying to be white again to pass into the culture to find them. We see the tribal relationships build and eventually split into those who desire peace and those unwilling to give up their homeland and way of life.

He does a great section on seeing white civ
Deni Johansson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the movie and the book, Dances with Wolves. I own them--incl the first copy of the book. I had to see what happened to Dances With Wolves, Stands With A Fist, Wind in His Hair, Smiles A lot, Ten Bears, and Kicking Bird. I love all the characters. It was a book I could not put down. Before reading it, I was amazed to discover there was a second book to Dances With Wolves. I wondered why no sequel to the movie had been made. After reading it, I understood why. Despite what happens in the bo ...more
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel to Blake's earlier Dances with Wolves, which was made into a movie starring Kevin Costner. This book starts 12 years after Dances in the mid-1870's when the U.S. Government is moving Comanches, Kiowas and other tribes on to reservations by force. Black tells the story of this painful period from the Native American perspective and its not pretty. Through the story you get a glimpse at the Comanche culture and the way of life they fought so despertely to preserve. The white ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different feel to it than in "Dances with Wolves". This is a very depressing story that just wants to make you cry. I can't believe that almost all were killed off. Very little of the story had to do with Dances with Wolves and his family. Mostly it was about Kicking Bird and his. Still, a great read.
Sheri Ward
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The second part to Dances with Wolves and the end of a way of life...the story is heartbreaking, but beautiful.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I rarely cry while reading books, but this took the cake. I don't think I've read anything more depressing.
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The sequel to "Dances With Wolves" was very disappointing. I felt the author was just captalizing on the popularity of the earlier work.
Deborah Bausmith
DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) is my all-time favorite movie, so I was familiar with the first story. I had also read the book by Blake that this was based upon, so I already knew that the tribe is Comanche and not the Lakota Sioux as portrayed in the movie. This doesn't detract from the story.

THE HOLY ROAD takes place 11 years after DANCES WITH WOLVES. And the soldier who became part of the tribe is still married to Stands with a Fist, and they have a family. As you'd expect because of the location
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sequel more. The characters were well developed and individual. Seeing the beginning of the aboriginal reserve system and how doomed it was from the start was interesting to view from their perspective and shed light on the main issue at hand with the whole idea - forced assimilation. and starvation. Having the three "white" natives not be able to handle it further demonstrating this although the author doesn't mention much of them.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the white culture t
Sarah Baker
The more I read, the more I disliked it. Teenage me might have eaten it up, but now I just find it disrespectful in ways I can't quite define.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Michael Blake’s The Holy Road picks up the story of Dances with Wolves and his Comanche tribesmen a decade after the white soldier’s integration into Plains Indian society. Surprisingly, though, the white soldier turned red warrior is not a central character in this sequel. Rather, the story focuses primarily on the welfare and confederation of the greater Comanche tribe as the “white tide” increasingly encroaches on their land and resources, pressing them to adopt the “Holy Road” (civilized, Ch ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the subjugation of the plains Comanche by the US Army is inevitable, it doesn't make Michael Blake's sequel to Dances with Wolves any less compelling.

When The Holy Road commences, Dances with Wolves and Stands with a Fist and their children still live in the village of old Ten Bears, though their lodge is set a little apart from the others. Though both white, with white offspring, they are no longer considered, nor consider themselves, anything other than Comanche.

As white hunters decimate
Joanna Cabot
I thought parts of of this book were quite lovely. The characters seemed like real people for the most part, and even their less than desirable traits (such as the scalping of war kills) were put into a context which explained them. This book seems well researched, and I think more people need to learn the history of North America's first nations cultures.

Two complaints, though. Firstly, the book was overly long. A little tightening up would have made for a better story, The whole Stands with a
Matt Horowitz
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dances with Wolves the book was everything I expected it to be. After all, its a script turned into a book turned into a script again. It was a good read but go see the movie (Costner does so few things right give him his due). The Holy Road was much better as a story suited to be read.
I was very conflicted reading this. On the one hand I do feel a lot of technology has ruined society. I particularly blame cellphones (they certainly ruined our attention span). So I can identify with the plight
Sadly, this follow up to Dances with Wolves doesn't live up to the the original at all. This is not unusual for sequels, mind you, but I had much higher hopes for this one. The summary makes it sound like this story revolves around the efforts of Dances with Wolves to reclaim his wife and child after they were taken during a raid on their Comanche village by US soldiers. With that premise, there are so many possibilities for how Dunbar would react to being back in white civilization but there wa ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Daniel Currie
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could.

It picks up 10 years after the end of Dances with Wolves and explains some, but certainly not all, of what happened during that time.

It gives us a good overview of life for the Comanche at that point, but there is no really point to the book, other than describing the onset of the white settlers. No character is given any notable treatment in the book, pretty much everyone you know is included in the plot.

As the book winds on, altho there is probably litt
Conrad Wesselhoeft
A compelling, worthy sequel to "Dances With Wolves." Michael Blake has nailed the dignity, courage, and pathos of the Plains Indian at this pivotal time in their history. I especially liked the arc involving Smiles A Lot--his vision quest and his love for Ten Bears' granddaughter.

Spoiler alert: I was puzzled by the demotion of Dunbar/Dances to a less-than-central role. Why was he spending so much time on the sidelines? However, as the roles of Kicking Bird and Ten Bears gained momentum, the stor
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
From the Brighton Library. I heard about this on a TV show about the making of Dances With Wolves. This is the sequel following Dunbar (Dances with Wolves) and Stands with a Fist. I haven't read the first book, but did see the movie. I suspect the movie differs from the book with Dances with Wolves and Stands with a Fist separating themselves from Ten Bears' village to protect them from his traitorous ties to white men. In this book, Dances and Stands are an integral part of the tribe. Also, in ...more
Donna Lewis
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Dances with Wolves is as tragic as the first book was exciting. Of course there is no way to write a happy conclusion to one of the most tragic events in this country's history — the decimation of the Plains Indians in 1868-69. Michael Blake does a remarkable job of telling the story from the view of Native Americans, specifically the Comanche, Cheyenne and Kiowa. It is surprising to me that this book was difficult to locate (not available at the NYC library). But it was well wort ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sequel to Dances With Wolves. Although Dances With Wolves was a minor character in the book, the story is worth reading. If you are at all interested in the history of the American West and the way we treated the indigenous peoples of the Americas, read this book! It is sad how we repressed a whole people, destroyed their way of life, and left them on worthless reservations to wallow in poverty and alcohol. You know the story, the ending hasn't changed, but it seems we haven't learn ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not nearly as good as it’s prequel, Dances With Wolves (didn’t read the book but completely love the 5-Star movie). Same characters but hard to keep track of them all with their long names and this being a mostly descriptive book with little dialog. Good story, but it just lacked that something special.

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“There is no bitterness in Wind In His Hair's heart," he began. "Our minds may choose different paths, but some part of every heart will always be as one. All my life I have been a warrior, and I will not change. I will not die as anything else.
"The whites have taken much from me. They have taken my brothers, my wives, my children. Now they want to take me off the earth upon which I walk. Maybe they will kill me now, and if they do, so be it. I will not take their hands. I will keep my ponies' tails tied up for war."

- Wind In His Hair”
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