Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: The Fight for Identity (The Good Fight #3) by Andrew Grey

The Fight for Identity (The Good Fight, #3)The Fight for Identity by Andrew  Grey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After seeing this cover way back when it was first blogged by the author, I immediately had a hunch that this was going to be a special one. I was wrong - this was way better than special!

Andrew Grey. I call him "ol reliable." Not just because he is one of my top favorite authors, but because I know that when I get a hold of his books, I KNOW that I will get something special. And after getting trapped in an abyss of lousy reads for some time, it felt great to get into books that would once more get me into the groove of things all good.

The Fight for Identity (The Good Fight, #3) by Andrew Grey is about Will Martin whose racist father, Kevin, hates Native Americans and wants to keep them off his property, never mind that part of the ranch land is sacred ground for the Sioux. When they request access for prayer, Kevin refuses—but Will doesn’t share his father’s views. Ever since he first saw Takoda Red Bird during one of the Sioux sacred ceremonies way back when he was only fifteen, Will has been fascinated. He grants the tribe access.

Takoda defies Kevin on a regular basis. He often sneaks to the sacred site on the rancher’s land for prayer and knows Will has seen him there. When, out of spite, Kevin places the land up for auction, Takoda knows it is time for action and bands together with Will to stop the sale.

In the fight that follows, Will gets more than he expected. He starts out helping the tribe preserve their identity… and ends up finding his own.

The Fight For Identity is about bigotry - that is the long and short of it. In fact, all of the books in The Good Fight Series is about this fight. The fight against bigotry of any kind.

I have learned to appreciate the talent of Andrew Grey, on how he can go headlong against such a tough topic and yet make it easy for the readers at the same time. He address topics like bigotry in such a way where the readers go through a gamut of emotions and yet come out smiling, feeling that they had come out as winners along with the characters.

Grey can also be relied on to get his readers to identify with the not just the main characters but the minor ones as well. He can get his readers to learn more about them and to feel their emotions, without littering the story with unnecessary words or details.

By making sure that readers identify with main and minor characters, Grey's simple stories become more beautiful and magical, resulting in books that are hard to put down and hard to forget.

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