In 1870, legendary trail guide and former mountain man Barnaby Skye realized that the West he knew and loved was coming to an end. The wilderness was vanishing, along with the buffalo herds; Indian tribes were forced to reservations; and, as a man over sixty years of age, he longed for living his remaining days in a house with a roof and a fire, rather than living in a tepee and sleeping on the cold ground. His Shoshone wife Mary (Barnaby had two Indian wives) longed to see her son, whom she hadn’t seen in seven years. This novel is about the journeys of these two people: Barnaby’s search for a permanent home, and Mary’s attempt to connect with her long-lost son.
This is the seventeenth novel of the adventures of Barnaby Skye. I’ve read several of the books in the series and found them to be a delight. The author writes books that are character-driven and easy to read. I became immersed in the escapades of this ageing rascal from the early West and highly recommend North Star to anyone who enjoys Western stories, especially tales of how the West changed in the 1870s and how the change affected the people who lived during those times.