Captive Spirit

Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.

Aiyana isn't like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn't realize her friend has a secret wish of his own...

When Aiyana's father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana's on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she'll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves.

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  • Tara Chevrestt
    Dec 31, 1969

    Tara Chevrestt

    This has been an exciting read. The time is long long ago.. 1600s or thereabouts. (Not familiar enough with my kindle buttons to go back and find that information) The setting is what is today Pheonix, Arizona. Aiyana is a young woman in a Native American tribe, the River People. She h...

  • Galla
    Dec 31, 1969


    I picked this book by my Goodreads friend Liz Fichera because I was looking for something different. Historical fiction centered around Native American characters definitely fit the bill. Set in the early sixteenth century in the territory now known as Arizona, Captive Spirit is the st...

  • LynnMarie
    Dec 31, 1969


    Ashira Datya’s Review I was unsure of what to expect when I began reading Captive Spirit, but I was pleasantly surprised. Aiyana is set to marry the son of a local tribal leader and is invited to participate in a ceremony that symbolizes the coming from girlhood into womanhood. Sh...

  • Saritza
    Dec 31, 1969


    I love anything set in an indigenous time period and being an avid student of the Caribbean "taino" I knew I had to read this historical romance. It's been sitting in my reader for a while and this weekend, I decided to crack it open. Boy, did I fall into a doozy of a story! What Liz F...

  • Corinne
    Dec 31, 1969


    At the same time I became interested in this book, I was visiting my sister in Phoenix and went to Pueblo Grande. This is an archeological site of the same group that is talked about in this book. So it definitely added a little something.I love historical fiction and the gorgeous cove...

  • Ulrike
    Dec 31, 1969


    The story of Aiyana was incredible so many twists and turns that even close to the end I couldn’t figure out what would happen. Definitely one of my favorite books and a must read for American Indian romance novels. ...

  • karly
    Dec 31, 1969


    hope to read this book soon :) ...

  • Diane
    Dec 31, 1969


    This story sounds good, stright on to wish list. ...

  • Brianne
    Dec 31, 1969


    Good quick read. ...

  • Elise Warner
    Dec 31, 1969

    Elise Warner

    Captive Spirit is a book you can't put down with a delightful brave heroine and a hero worthy of her. I look forward to reading Liz Fichera's new book. ...