Calling Crow Nation

Written by Paul Clayton
Review by Rachel A Hyde

This is the third and final book in the Calling Crow trilogy, which if you have just read the review of Flight of the Crow can best be described as “more of the same”. In this book Calling Crow meets up with some English merchant adventurers who, like the Coosas, want the Spanish gone – only for different reasons. The Coosas want to trade deer hides for the “thunder sticks” (guns) of the whites so they can fight on equal terms with their enemies the Timucua. To make sure the whole bargain is honoured, Calling Crow and another brave travel across the ocean to England where they soon find out that although Samuel Newman is an honorable man the others on his ship are not necessarily the same. Like the first two books, this is an exciting, action-packed tale that tells the story of the conquest of the Americas from the Native Americans’ viewpoint; few of the whites appear to have many redeeming features

Two small anachronisms appear in this novel; firstly when Samuel’s child is singing Ring O’Roses nearly ninety years before the plague, and secondly when a simple shepherd lad is gazing across the darkening fields and thinking about Tannhauser going down to Venusberg…I don’t think so! These gripes apart, I’ve enjoyed reading about Calling Crow and his people and seeing the “discovery” of the Americas through the eyes of the native Americans.