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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Review: Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters

Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters by Sally M. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this audiobook much more than I expected to. It starts off slowly as the author introduces us to the Anishinaabeg people who you'll follow through the war and establishes their backgrounds and that of their peoples. This takes up about the first third of the book.

But then it gets to be really interesting as the author relates the often painful experiences of Company K during the Civil War. Learning that these Native Americans contributed so much to the war, and how they performed in battle is engrossing. Hearing how some of them were captured and treated as prisoners, and how many of them had to fight for their war pensions after the war is maddening. The horrible conditions at Andersonville and Danville prisoner of war camps are well known, but to see them through the eyes of these men really drives home how thoroughly awful they were.

I am glad I read the audiobook version as I am sure I would have had trouble with trying to pronounce the Anishinaabemowin words (though as I am from Michigan it did grate a little that the reader mangled some of the Michigan place names). But based on other's reviews I missed pictures and maps that I'm sure added to the story. Either way you go, if you have an interest in Civil War, Midwestern American, or Native American History you will enjoy this book, and I recommend it.