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Toy Soldiers by Maggie Blackbird (When We Were Young #2)

Book Info

Author:
Series Type:
Same group of characters and story world
Number In Series:
2
Cover Artist:
Publisher:
Devine Destinies
Published:
2 October 2020
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Book Type
Words:
70,349
Pages:
209

Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

This book picks up from pretty much where book one ended. As in book one we follow Billy Redsky’s attempts to build himself a new life away from his corrupt and abusive family. We also watch his relationship develop with Rene Oshawee.

Rene too has his own set of problems and battles to find happiness with Billy. He just wants to fit in with everyone else, but he knows that is unlikely to happen if people find out that he is gay.

The story is full of emotion, I just wanted to give both boys a big hug and say things will get better. Then there are times I want to slap one or the other around the head for their stubbornness and lack of judgement.

I really enjoyed the first book, but this book delves even deeper into the characters, strengths, fears and their love for one another.

Billy is in the fight for his future, to be able to put his past behind him. He shows great strength when he comes clean about previous crimes. We see how much he has grown, though he still has the odd tantrum when things do not go his way.

Rene struggles with his emotions, he Loves Billy but that contrasts with his wish to be normal and to fit in with everyone else. Again, he shows great strength of character.

This is a truly coming out / coming of age story, well written and with the authentic Native Culture blended into the story too.

It is well written and nicely paced. The characters are so well developed and described that you cannot help to feel for these young men.

I am so hoping we get a third book and see where these two amazing young men’s future takes them.

Maggie Blackbird

Biography

An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.

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