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Lakota Winds (Lakota Skies/Janelle Taylor) Hardcover – 25 Jun 1998

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; First Printing edition (25 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575662647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575662640
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,061,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the tradition of her Ecstasy novels, New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor delivers this N ative American story about brave and proud people who must f ight to save their heritage. '

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I just finished this book. I have read quite a few of Ms. Taylor's books and loved them all. I love the way she draws you into the day-to-day lives of the Indians she writes about. I strongly urge anybody who loves reading about the Indian way of life and their different Ceremonial Rituals to read the books that this wonderful lady writes. I love her books and can't wait to read the rest in the Lakota Skies series. :o)
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Janelle Taylor Book I've Read 25 Jan. 2017
By Blue Falcon - Published on
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This review is of “Lakota Winds”,“ (Lakota Skies” series, book #1) by Janelle Taylor.

The Story: In 1851, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the heroine of the book, Chumani, a Brule Lakota woman, and Wind Dancer, an Oglala Lakota man, meet. They later are told that their eventual union is seen in visions by members of both of their tribes, and as a result, they are compelled to marry. Both Wind Dancer and Chumani have something in common; both are widowed at the hands of Crow Indians, and both have a burning desire to avenge their loved ones deaths.

Chumani and Wind Dancer marry, but problems quickly arise, due in part to their own insecurities-neither had a happy first marriage-and in even larger part due to individuals who tries to separate the couple.

Part of the plan in the vision that brought them together is for the Lakota couple to encourage warring between the Crow and white soldiers and settlers. In doing this, Wind Dancer is captured by Crows, and is later rescued by Chumani. As the book ends, a treaty is made between the Lakota and the whites, Chumani discovers she is pregnant, and she and Wind Dancer have their Happily Ever After.

Upside: I learned a great deal about Lakota culture.

Downside: I never felt any connection between Chumani and Wind Dancer, or with them as characters. Nor did I feel any connection with any of the other characters. Character development was non-existent. There is no real passion between Chumani and Wind Dancer. There are under and overtones which were bothersome to me.

Sex: The love scenes in “Lakota Winds” are much milder than usual for Mrs. Taylor, perhaps that’s why I didn’t love this book so much!

Violence: Mrs. Taylor’s books (in particular her “Ecstasy/Gray Eagle” series) usually are pretty violent. That is not the case here; the few violent scenes are mild, at best.

Bottom Line: I’m usually a fan of Mrs. Taylor’s work, but “Lakota Winds”, is by far my least favorite of her books, and I’m not holding out much hope for the other two books in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 May 2014
By Cinderella 7 - Published on
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I read this after reading Lakota Dawn, it sure put things in proper perspective so I could understand unfolding events better. Read this one first! I am on to the next in the series about War Eagle. I cannot find Lakota Nights in Kindle, so disappointed as I want to follow up about the brothers sister. If you can help me find it I would so appreciate it. I don't have much money due to all my illnesses and am in pain 24/7 so reading takes me away for a while. I love how you explain the love scenes Janelle! Thank you for not being gross, for leaving things to the readers imagination in a good romantic way. Other authors should follow your example! Great job!
5.0 out of 5 stars Author of Native Indian Books 5 Oct. 2013
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Janelle Taylor's Lakota books are truly wonderful. As a avid reader of Indian folklore and Indian love stories Ms Taylor's books are some of the very best I have read.At 75 years of age,reading is now my number one enjoyment.Keep your wonderful books comming Ms Taylor.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm too bored to finish it. 23 Jan. 2004
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I almost NEVER fail to finish a book, even when I'm not thrilled with it. But I just can't read another word of Lakota Winds. I've managed to get to page 195, and I give up. The characters are flat and uninteresting. There is no excitement to the story line at all. Whenever a scene comes up that has the potential for being exciting, the author glosses over it with an easy solution. Everything about the story is typical. You can guess what will happen next, and it does. Sappy line after sappy line, you can't help but roll your eyes at the way the author writes the dialogue.
The one character who could have been great, the heroine Chumani, is destroyed at the very beginning of the story. She was a warrior woman, but is quickly married to a warrior from another tribe and she spends the rest of the book gathering fire wood and sewing. Blah! I can't take any more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 April 2016
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