Algonquin Spring written by Rick Revelle and published by Dundurn Press is the second in a series of four novels. The books take place during the 1300’s pre-contact. The author uses the Native languages in the vernacular. The books are I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015) and Algonquin Sunset (2017).
Years after a devastating battle, Mahingan and his tribe struggle to recover a lost loved one.
Six years earlier in the fourteenth century, Mahingan and his tribe fought the Battle of the Falls against the Haudenosaunee. There were many losses, and Mahingan thought he had lost his wife, Wàbananang (Morning Star). But after the battle, he learned she was still alive, taken captive by the Haudenosaunee. Now on a desperate quest to rescue her, Mahingan and his small family are wintering north of the Ottawa River near present-day Lachute, Quebec. If they are to have any hope of recovering Wàbananang, though, they must first survive until spring.
At the same time, over 2,000 kilometres away in present-day Newfoundland, events taking place will affect four Native tribes: Mahingan’s, a group of Mi’kmaq, a Beothuk group, and a band of Haudenosaunee warriors led by Mahingan’s old nemesis, Ò:nenhste Erhar (Corn Dog) — a fierce Mohawk War Chief and Wàbananang’s captor.
Along the way, Mahingan’s brother, Mitigomij, will reveal his true self and powers. Then, an influential Mi’kmaq legend puts a new, powerful twist on events, and threatens to send things spiraling out of Mahingan’s control.
About the Author
Rick Revelle was born in Smith Falls, Ontario, and raised in the Odessa and Wilton areas. He is part of the Loyalist Township Sports Hall of Fame for softball and holds a black belt in Judo. He is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and lives in Glenburnie, Ontario.
They can be purchased at any book store in North America or online though Amazon or the Dundurn Press. The languages used in the books are as follows:
I Am Algonquin– Algonquin; Algonquin Spring – Algonquin, Mi´kmaq and Mohawk; and Algonquin Sunset – Algonquin, Anishinaabe, Huron, Lakota, Mi´kmaq, and Mohawk.
Each novel contains a glossary. The stories are about how an Algonquin family unit survives through the course of 18 years of trying to live in the harsh climate of seeking food and battling their enemies.