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TidewaterIn 1607 three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony One girl’s life and the lives of her people are changed foreverTo Pocahontas and her people the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe To England it is Virginia Territory fertile with promise rich with silver and go A gorgeously written book it puts you right in time with Pocahontas Powhatan and John Smith You walk beside them an invisible spectator to the events that are happening Miss Hawker has done a beautiful job of bringing this period and people to life They leap off the page at you and demand you to lose yourself in the story It was easy for me to fall into the story I knew some of the history surrounding Pocahontas and John Smith but not very much You can tell she did her research and was passionate about the subject There's no black or white here each side thinks they are right and willing to do anything to ensure their survivalThe life of the tribe was fascinating to me I couldn't get enough of seeing how they lived their customs and traditions While I didn't approve of some of the choices they made I could understand in a way where each side was coming from Not sure what I would do or how brave I would be in those situationsSo why the three stars? While I loved the story I wasn't 'in love' if that makes sense it dragged for me after one part in the novel even though the writing didn't lag in any way I can't uite put my finger on it reallyI would still recommend it it's definitely worth your time and energy Pocahontas in another person from history I would love to meet

Libbie Hawker ï Tidewater reader

Ship with Smith Their bond preserves a wary peace but control can rest only in one nation’s hands When that peace is broken Pocahontas must choose between power and servitude between self and sacrifice for the sake of her people and her landRevised edition This edition of Tidewater includes editorial revisions There was no clear story here no moral message not even a single character whose tale she could follow It was nothing than a parade of riches crude in its ostentation I was lured into purchasing this book because it is cheap on the cover is beautiful and the idea of a novel about Pocahontas intrigued me Two out of three marks is bad when the substance of a thing is lackingThis isn't a book about Pocahontas This is a book about the Jamestown colony In itself that's not a reason to bypass the book but the reason I bought it was that Pocahontas was blatantly advertised I would not have cared to read about John Smith and companyFor much of the book 60% roughly according to my kindle Pocahontas is treated as a secondary character There was some lip service paid to Pocahontas having dreams and ambitions of becoming a female sub chief like a governor but the character's agency is determined by the men around her She lives to serve the goals of men from Powhatan to Opechancanough to John Smith to Thomas her son If that is the story Hawker wanted to tell that is fine but I object to touting Pocahontas as a seventeenth century feminist when she was a puppet of the men around her In Hawker's portrayal Pocahontas was no different from the other women around her American or EnglishThe plot of the story is repetitive The English arrive on American soil Their stores are inadeuate They attempt trade The Americans want the guns The English won't give them guns The Americans attack The English attack A supply ship arrives Their stores are inadeuate The English attempt trade The Americans want guns The English won't give them guns The Americans attack The English attack A supply ship arrives Their stores are inadeuate The English attempt tradeDo you get the idea?If the historical record is repetitive I present to you the fact that Hawker is not a historian and I don't think that she would argue that she is She is a writer of fiction A talented author of fiction even a talented historian is able to make a repetitive historical record seem to be fresh when similar events happen time and again Helen Castor handles this beautifully in Blood Roses the Paston Family and the Wars of the Roses Hawker tells the same series of events by rote with little to no variation for 500 pagesHawker loves her similes She does this in an attempt to describe feelings and objects Rather than use the wealth of adjectives and adverbs that the English language offers she compares one thing to another ad nauseam I decided to highlight every simile in one chapter1 It cling to Pocahontas like a shroud p 4752 Patches of thin grass reached like an old worn buckskin fringe between the cracks of paving stones p 4763 It smelled wan and thin as an overused cloth same paragraph p 4764 A small dog with a coat like moth eaten wool trotted down the lane p 4775 a blushing uiet girl named Abigail with hair as fine and pale as corn silk p 4796 the secret of the tassantassas clutched in her hand like a shining fish in an osprey's talons p 4847 she could not help feeling the weight of London pressing all around her like a bodice laced far too tight p 4888 But it smelled like certainty like a future p 4899 It was as if the majesty he carried in the temples of Tsenacomoco had been wretched from him like an arrowhead ripped from wounded flesh p 49210 In the stark light of London the powerful young priest looked as broken as an old pot discarded by the river same paragraph p 492There are ten similes in a seventeen page chapter For the sake of brevity I didn't include the metaphors It's clear that similes are Hawker's preferred descriptors but to use language that Hawker would appreciate reading all the likes is like listening to a gaggle of middle schoolers talk about meeting Harry StylesI am probably wrong about this but Hawker writes as though she has not seen the Virginia coast or London with her own eyes To be sure I have not been to the sixteenth century myself it's on my list for when the Timelord in a blue box arrives but her writing has a certain vagueness a detached everyday uality that made me feel that she was describing something secondhand I think even if she were to have visited a replica of the settlements her writing would have possessed of a surety To me I read the book as though Hawker described a photograph she had seen once not a place she had actually beenI don't mean to seem mean spirited I'm not criticizing a woman's lack of traveling in the same way I criticized her dependency on similes It is just a vibe that I had while reading To be sure I have not been to Virginia myself to even know Maybe if I had visited Virginia and Jamestown my mind would have enhanced her metaphors with my memory Descriptions of London were genericI refuse to read an author's note that begins I wrote Tidewater in record time How can it be that I could write a novel of this scope with relative ease ? It screams of arrogance Oh haha George R R Martin needs years to write a book? What an amateurIf this book trimmed the repetitiveness and similes I'm sure it would be about 200 pages If that

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read reader ´ Tidewater Kindle Edition ↠ danpashley  ❮Read❯ ➹ Tidewater ➼ Author Libbie Hawker – Danpashley.co.uk In 1607 three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony One girl’s life—and the lives of her people—are changed foreverTo Pocahontas andLd As Jamestown struggles to take root John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people He knows too that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders In the midst of this conflict Pocahontas the daughter of the great chief forges an unlikely friend When I was child my favourite Disney film of all time was Pocahontas Naturally I poked about with the few resources I had access to and knew that Disney had Got It Wrong on many levels But I still loved that film like crazy and though I was never tempted to do thorough research as I got older and the Internet became a thing I still found myself uietly fascinated in the story of PocahontasNearly ten years after Disney released Pocahontas Libbie Hawker has written and published Tidewater a novel that explores the Jamestown colony and British settlement in the land that is now better known as Virginia through the eyes of not only John Smith and Pocahontas but Opechancanough the embittered and war hungry brother of Powhatan Tidewater offers an altogether accurate take on events Not that it isn't easy really when one considers the liberties Disney took with the storyline Additionally Hawker's attempts to capture the culture of the Real People the native Americans ruled by Powhatan and her integration of the Powhatan language into her story add to a greater feeling of authenticityReaders of Hawker's earlier historical fiction novels written under the pseudonym L M Ironside will recognise this feeling of authenticity and realness as one of her strengths as an author Whether it is the tidewater of Virginia the alien England or Smith's memories of Constantinople each location is captured beautifully adding weighty atmosphere to the story Hawker weavesOne might also recognise Ironside's strengths with the depth of characterisation found in her characters No one is too idealised whether it is the selfish and ambitious Pocahontas the outcast and pragmatic Smith or the war mongering and harsh Opechancanough I will admit to disliking Pocahontas at times because she could be so selfish treating others horribly and believing that they'd continue to treat her kindly That said the arc Hawker gave to Pochontas did much to redeem her in the end Though a historical fiction novel Tidewater sometimes reads as a horror story or a tragedy It is a very bleak very dark story as the history demands it to be It is a story about the struggle for survival the brutality and inevitability of colonisation of the sacrifices people make in the vain hope of peaceful co existence and the futility of resistance to the British Empire I am not American and know little of that country's history but I believe America and Australia are not too dissimilar when it comes to our appalling treatment of our indigenous peoples both in the past and now in the present I was grateful that Hawker did not shy away from presenting the brutality of colonisation and white settlement but did not fall into the trap of making the Real People into a bunch of noble savages – Powhatan Opechancanough Pocahontas and all of the Real People came across as very real flawed people who were ultimately very humanIt's hard to know how to sum up this book It's an incredible difficult read and one that will stay with me for a long time I would highly recommend it