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In Jubal Sackett, the second generation of Louis L’Amour’s great American family pursues a destiny in the wilderness of a sprawling new land. Jubal Sackett’s urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a NatchezIn Jubal Sackett, the second generation of Louis L’Amour’s great American family pursues a destiny in the wilderness of a sprawling new land. Jubal Sackett’s urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez exploration party and its leader, Itchakomi. It is she who will rule her people when their aging chief dies, but first she must vanquish her rival, the arrogant warrior Kapata. Sackett’s quest will bring him danger from an implacable enemy . . . and show him a life—and a woman—worth dying for...

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Jubal Sackett Reviews

  • Mr. Matt
    2019-06-09 19:16

    This book definitely started off slower than the other Sackett books, but my goodness, what a great book. Jubal Sackett, the quiet son of Barnabas, is a loner, a dreamer, an explorer. Like his father, he has a love for the land. He is not content to stay in the wild frontier of the Carolinas or even the rugged Tennessee valley. Jubal, virtually half native by upbringing and inclination, wants to see the great mountains that divide this new continent. The tug of the distant frontier, the lure of the unknown, draws him ever westward and across the virgin plains of Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.As Jubal crosses the continent it is impossible to ignore just how vast, how wild North America is. The story takes place in (roughly) the 1630s. America is a vast, unknown place. Jubal can travel for days without seeing a soul. I appreciate the sense of vast emptiness. It is utterly alien to my own experiences and gives me a sense of awe and wonder at how that world must have been. No developments, no roads, no strip malls, only an endless forest or endless plain. True, there are people in the wilderness - the Cherokee, the Shawnee, the Pawnee, the Comanche and more. And these people lived in some sort of balance with the virgin land, but even in the distant mountains, the French, the English and the Spanish are beginning to have an impact on their world. Scarcity makes things valuable. The native peoples are eager for the trade goods - the good steel needles and axes and knives - that the white men bring. And the horses and firearms too. Change lays over the landscape. And change, Jubal recognizes destroys the life that the natives had led.All of this wide, empty world is a backdrop to a love story. Jubal is sent on a quest by a Natchez wise man to find and ask Itchakomi, a daughter of the sun, to return to her people. Jubal finds her despite adversity and the two (predictably) fall in love with one another. In fact, the relationship between the two (at times) threatened to ruin the story for me. He loves her, but is too noble to ask her to stay. She loves him, but s too proud to ask him to ask her to stay. (Really?!) Once the two got together the story could flow along naturally.For some reason I underestimate these stories, but each one has left me with a positive impression. Four out of five stars. Ultimately, I like the story for the sense of scale that the book conveyed. I also appreciated the time period - learning more about a time when America was little more than a vast, sparsely populated wilderness.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-06-12 00:22

    I got this audio version of the book from the library recently to listen to when I was busy with mindless tasks...or just wanted something on when I was "relaxing". I read it many years ago and recalled it as I listened. On the whole I like Louis L'Amour and this is an early title(in the story's time line) of his most "iconic" fictional family the Sacketts.I've read several reviews of the L'Amour books here and one thing I've seen criticized in them (though not "real" often) is his treatment of the Native Americans in his stories. I don't think it's an accurate (or fair) criticism. He does use the word "Indian" but it was a perfectly acceptable word in the time he wrote and has only recently begun to be considered "politically incorrect". The word was indeed based on an early misconception of where the European explorers were and I know that Native Americans today often prefer that the word not be used to refer to them. Still the novels were written decades ago now and the use of the word in itself was never meant to be derogatory at that time it was acceptable.L'Amour in his treatment of his characters doesn't treat groups or races as "monolithic". In Non-Indian American (non-Native Americans bore in America), European, Spaniard, or Indian (Native American), etc. peoples each are made up of humans. Therefore in each "group" there are good and bad individuals. He tries to treat each group, each tribe etc. with respect and as equals. Whether he succeeds or not may be up to each reader, but I believe he tried.This story is good absorbing and interesting with something for most readers of light fiction, there's action, adventure, a romance that tends to dominate the above, all pretty good. So, why the 3 star rating instead of say 4? Because there is an element he writes into this story that (for me) pushes the "over the top" boundary and comes close to being silly. I can go with the best in the suspension of belief and let the story have it's own reality plot device category...but this one has an element that for a frontier novel is just a bit much. It doesn't really hurt the story and only pops up now and again but just came so close to a head shake situation for me that I finally had to admit to myself that I found it a bit silly. Of course to state it would constitute a spoiler, so I will only mention what below a spoiler warning. Still, good book and if you're a fan of novels about frontier America, the Sacketts, or L'Amour himself, don't miss it over this one small point. It's not that big a deal, and the story is still good. *********** Spoiler Below Line ************(view spoiler)[It was just the Buffalo.... If you've read the book you know that Jubal befriends a Buffalo that ends up following him around like a dog or something (this of course is Big Medicine with the Native Americans). It just got to be a bit much for me... A bison isn't a pet, a man was killed by one just a few months ago in a zoo when he got too close. In the book Jubal trains it to stay out of the corn field...come on.(hide spoiler)]

  • Kate Roman
    2019-06-04 19:24

    So it was that in the last hour of darkness I went down the mountain through the laurel sticks, crossed a small stream, and skirted a meadow to come to the trace I sought.Nearly one hundred years before De Soto had come this way, his marchings and his cruelties leaving no more mark than the stirring of leaves as he passed. A few old Indians had vague recollections of De Soto, but they merely shrugged at our questions. We who wandered this land knew this was no "new world". The term was merely a conceit in the minds of those who had not known of it before.When someone says "western" to me, I immediately think of Louis L'Amour. He's an above-average writer in a genre I have to admit I don't know well - but to me, that underlines his appeal.Louis L'Amour has a consistent style, and Jubal Sackett, like the rest of the Sackett series, is written in first person, and with a depth of understanding of the character which for me makes it an engrossing read.Jubal Sackett is a young man heading west in the mid 17th century, and the book is a tale of his adventures. I am in no position, from my present day living-room, to comment on the likely authenticity of Jubal's experience, but what I can say is that Louis L'Amour makes me believe each and every one, and read "on the edge of my seat" at times. All of it told in the matter-of-fact, story-telling prose that for me makes L'Amour's writing an endless delight.Jubal Sackett is a Western, and adventure and a romance, with also a touch of the paranormal. I'm a great fan of all L'Amour's writing; I love the Sackett series best of all; and of all the Sackett books, this one (which is one of L'Amour's 4 longer novels) is my favorite.If you're a Sackett aficionado, this book would come fourth in the series, but it's not necessary to read all, or even any, of the other Sackett novels to enjoy Jubal Sackett.It's a perfect bedtime book, a lovely way to spend the long summer evenings :)

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-06-07 20:07

    I enjoyed this one, too, though not quite as much as the last. Which is odd, now I think on it. I liked Jubal much more than Kin, and his story is nearly as strong. I think I didn't connect very well with Jubal's goals, though, and his "dream" of going ever further west and seeing things no other white man had seen didn't really thrill me much. Which is a shame, because Itchakomi is by far my favorite heroine so far, too (though I found the chapter from her perspective a bit jarring).Again, we see L'Amour's strong egalitarian streak and his willingness to attribute all the best virtues across racial divides, even while acknowledging the (sometimes vast) cultural differences that lead to inevitable conflict.Anyway, this little Sackett experiment is progressing well, and I look forward to reading the next, even if it is part of a honking big mashup of four books together...

  • Nate
    2019-06-03 01:57

    So I haven’t even come close to reading all of L’Amour’s works but I have read enough to feel comfortable in saying that this is one of his better ones. Jubal is a worthy heir to Barnabas (even paired up, Kin-Ring and Yance couldn’t really manage this in The Warrior’s Path) and the author’s confident and spare prose is evident from the first page. The descriptions of nature and Jubal’s thoughtful insight on both frontier life and his own nature were wonderfully rendered and never got boring. The characters were likable (especially Jubal’s intelligent and capable Kickapoo buddy Keokotah, his mysterious and brave lady love Itchakomi and his lovable pet buffalo Paisano) and the plot moved along quickly with lots of adventure and conflict of the man vs. nature and man vs. man varieties. This book will probably not blow your mind or have you rushing to recommend it to others, but it was a solid story through and through and had a likable and interesting protagonist, and that’s really all I want from a L’Amour novel.

  • JBradford
    2019-06-10 23:20

    I stopped in at the VA Medical Center a couple days ago to update my prescriptions and looked over the collection of pocketbooks on the swap table in the waiting room while waiting to be processed, and I found a bunch of paperback books by Louis L’Amour. They were old pocketbooks, which is only natural, because I have been reading Louis L’Amour’s novels since I was a teenager. I grabbed one that I did not recognize as having read before, with a reason for taking it mostly being because of the picture on the cover, and I soon found myself immersed in the book with just as much excitement as in the old days. Some of my friends have recently been talking about a television show they saw about the men who made America; the men they are talking about were the tyrannical businessmen who built fortunes on the backs of the downtrodden laborers, but I would much rather wish I could’ve been someone like Jubal Sackett, who clearly is a representative of the people who really made America.Jubal Sackett at the start of this book was a very young man, perhaps even a late teenager. His father, Barnabas Sackett, an English yeoman who came here on one of the very early colony ships and then went back to fetch his wife, has sent Jubal off on his life’s journey with the charge to find new lands of the family to the west — not the wild West of most westerns but the unclaimed wilderness of Tennessee in the late 15th century. Jubal starts off by discovering that there is an Indian hunting him; after a brief skirmish he convinces the Indian, a Kickapoo named Keokotah, into accompanying him on his journey. They subsequently come across a small band of Natchez Indians, whose leader asks Jubal to look for a another party of their tribe — more specifically to look for the Sun princess who is leading that group on an exploratory search for new lands further to the west and to tell her that the Sun chief is dying, which means that she must cut short her search and come back to replace that chief. Jubal agrees to do this, but the way becomes very difficult, as he has to do battle with a jealous lover of the princes, with more parties of other Indian tribes, and with all the inherent dangers of the untamed wilderness. He goes through horrendous experiences, not the least of which is being attacked by a starving mountain lion just after he has broken a leg, not to mention the rigors of having to spend the winter in a frozen mountain valley while facing three separate groups of enemies — and while taking on the responsibility of providing for the Natchez band and its beautiful princess.As it happens, this is only one of several novels about different numbers of the Sackett family, and I do not recall having read any of the others. The particulars benefit of having read this one is the insight it gives into what it was like to live in those times and what it was like for the white settlers interacting with the different Indian tribes. I cannot know without doing further research whether the portrayal of Indian personality that L’Amour gives here is accurate, but I am willing to take it at face value until I know otherwise. Given that, it is almost a wonder that the early settlers were able to survive! For those reasons alone I give the novel four stars, which is one above my general ranking of fiction novels. Louis L’Amour wrote 105 novels during his lifetime, and I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them that I have read so far. His language may seem slightly stilted nowadays, but I have to think that is because he was portraying the way people talked and thought at the end of the 15th century. His heroes usually are larger-than-life, but they are true heroes for all their faults, and he provides marvelous descriptions of a world and a way of life that no longer exists.

  • Stan Crowe
    2019-06-21 21:03

    I have to say that this one really surprised me. I've never been a L'Amour fan, to be honest (though my mom's dad had read, I think, every last one of his novels), but I think I could get into L'Amour easily if I tried.Normally, I wouldn't have enjoyed a book written like this: there was a high level of repetition, some plot resolutions that seemed just a bit too easy (and that were, by and large, foregone conclusions), and some bald foreshadowing that could easily have killed off any suspense before it got going.But I have to say that it was a plain old good story. I think that's where L'Amour wins, here, is that it was so enjoyable despite literary issues that I would otherwise have gotten hung up on. I wasn't just continuing the book "just to finish" the way I have with some, but because I actually came to enjoy the characters more than I would have expected, and wanted to follow their path.The story is told in the first-person, and perhaps that could explain the repetition: the story itself would be a function of the narrator's personality and paradigms. If nothing else, Jubal Sackett is a very careful, meticulous man who works hard for what he gets, and despite the fact that I felt that some of the conflict resolutions were a bit too easy or contrived, I never had the sense that they were overly fake, or undeserved.What really hooked me on this one is that it's a good "coming of age" tale. Sackett starts out as a young, single guy consumed with an inexplicable sense of wanderlust. Before the book is over, he's (accidentally) become a respected tribal chief of a mixed bunch. As it says on the dust jacket, he "finds and land and a woman worth dying for," and Sackett himself, at one point, speaks of "one dream slipping away, and another one being born."I guess I can relate to that, having myself transitioned from carefree bachelor to father of a growing family (working on child #6 at present). While I didn't have to give up quite as many dreams as Sackett did, I still had to make the usual adjustments.Sackett's sense of responsibility, his pragmatism, and his senses of honour and duty really endeared this character to me as a role model of sorts. While I don't expect to ever be a "backwoods ninja" the way he was, I still prefer to picture myself as progressive, responsible, and dependable, as he was.The other characters in the book went through their own transformations as they also moved from being individuals of considerable skill or importance into being operational parts of a greater whole. It's the necessary move from individualism into being one who contributes to a greater society, and I think it's something we're rapidly losing in the 21st century.In any case, this wasn't the best-written or most compelling book I've ever read, but it was certainly very enjoyable as I read it, and it has definitely left a good aftertaste with me.I'd recommend this book.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-30 22:23

    I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of the usual traits like his repetitive explanations of...well...just about everything. Trust me, if you missed it once, it was repeated many, many times. The other thing that was a little far-fetched was the basis of the novel. Jubal Sackett is off hunting, exploring, and minding his own business. Then he meets some Indians who ask him to go on a mission to find some of their tribesmen who went off exploring and ask them to come home. What? Who asks that of strangers?But I liked the characters of Jubal and Ichtakomi. We watch them work together, even though there's a culture clash. It was my first book where we went through a winter with the characters and I thought it was good. However, L'Amour doesn't talk about feelings as much as hunting. We hear in detail about Jubal out hunting a deer, but we never hear from anyone going "deer, again?"

  • Denise
    2019-06-15 21:23

    I can see why the men in my family enjoyed the writing of L'Amour. First one I've read. The history was interesting, with enough action, plot, romance, and moral characters that you cared about to keep reading. I found the spelling of the Indian names interesting, and the way the tribes made alliances, merged, learned about horses. Quick, fun read.

  • Jacob Aitken
    2019-06-20 01:00

    While all of L'Amour's novels are good, not all are great. This isn't great. When L'Amour is actually telling the story, it's quite fine. But when he "preaches" it kills the pace. Remember that scene in Pocahontas where the Indian girl starts singing about the harmony of nature? Jubal and Komi (Indian girl) have a philosophical discourse on the nature of Change that goes on for pages. Seriously, they do.Aside from that, a good read.

  • Victoria
    2019-06-10 00:05

    As a wee little lass I remember my dad and big brother constantly reading Louis L'Amour. In a flurry of nostalgia I decided to read Mr. L'Amour primarily as a "reading bond" with them. My dad now reads Lee Child, John Grisham, or the local paper. My brother, well, he is the intellect in the family so he now prefers lofty literary tomes. But when I told them I was reading Jubal Sackett, they both gave a sweet sigh of approval. Despite the fact that they haven't read these books in decades, Louis L'Amour obviously still has a special place in their reading memories. I can see why. Good story. Great characters. Huge settings. Wild animals. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The basic plot is simple: Jubal Sackett heads west with a Kickapoo named Keokotah. But it has everything a great adventure should have - a tough wilderness journey, a relentless enemy, a damsel in distress, a love story (involving the damsel in distress), and of course the friendship between these two men from very different cultures. Jubal is the kind of guy who kills bad guys "without disturbing a leaf." He is a man's man. A macho man. He's got grit and morals. Before the days of superheroes, there was Jubal Sackett. This book is part of a long series and while I admit this one is enough for me, I can see why readers (men in particular) would keep coming back for more. And the best part - I did feel bonded to my dad and brother after reading this. Isn’t it cool (strange) how reading someone else’s favorite books can sometimes draw you closer?! But strangely...while I absolutely LOVE western films - I can't seem to grab onto western novels with the same devotion. I’ll keep trying.

  • Deanne
    2019-05-27 21:15

    This isn't usually my type of book, but I decided I needed to acquaint myself with the famed L L's works. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of "Follow the River" because of all the survival, journey through the wilderness and mountains, deal with Indians, learn about the tribes and their folklore, etc. It also has a hint of mystery which made it intriguing and makes me curious to read the next one. I didn't realize this was a part of a series, but it was perfectly understandable even though I hadn't read the first 3. No swearing, or sex and the violence is not described graphically.

  • John
    2019-05-24 19:13

    Since the L'Amour books featuring Barnabas Sackett (the original patriarch of the Sackett clan) are so incredibly lame, I'm surprised how much better he did at writing about Barnabas' sons. It probably has something to do with the Barnabas books being largely set in England--a country L'Amour wasn't nearly so good at portraying.There isn't much plot in JUBAL SACKETT. Mostly, it's about the titular character exploring the wilderness and trying not to die. Indians try to kill him, Spanish soldiers try to kill him, a mountain lion tries to kill him, the weather tries to kill him...heck, even a woolly mammoth tries to kill him. I kid you not.L'Amour does a great job of illustrating the kind of fortitude it took to survive in the American wilderness back when the USA was still the "New World." In that respect, the book reminded me a little of the movie THE REVENANT. It's more ambitious than your typical Louis L'Amour offering, but still struggles in terms of quality dialog, action, and romance. Jubal's narrative has a tendency to be repetitive and wandering, and the story is very predictable from beginning to end. Great descriptions of the country, though--the kind of stuff that makes me want to rush out and go camping.But I really could've done without that woolly mammoth.

  • Kayla
    2019-05-26 22:54

    It may have taken me two months to read this book (I've been busy with school), but I finally finished it!I started it during spring break and finished it during the two weeks of my summer break. Overall this was a good book. It is the longest book in the Sackett series and I felt like L'Amour could have edited it down a bit. He also wrapped the book up in his typical rushed ending fashion by throwing in a mammoth (that's right-mammoth mastodon!) fight/attack seen in the last few pages.I did like Jubal's character and his wanderlust for adventures in the far mountains, just like his late father, Barnabus Sackett. I have to say that I kept expecting the other Sacketts to follow the trail markers that Jubal left and come to his rescue a few times, but it never happened.Lots of adventure, fighting, and discovery. L'Amour really did his research. He mentioned bobwhite quail, meadowlarks, Indian paint brush, roman coins, and hackamore bridles that were introduced by the Spanish. I also liked the bison calf that followed Jubal around and eventually grew into a bull that Jubal was able to ride.

  • Laudys
    2019-06-07 02:10

    My aunt found this book at an airport and gave it to me. I put off reading it for so long, 'cause I don't really read western. I just don't find the genre that appealing... but this book. This book.I've read it more times that should be allowed to. It's one of my default fall-to book. I just grab it if there's a prospect of me getting stuck in a waiting room and I proceed to devour it every time (and yes, I may have developed a crush on Jubal Sackett along the way).The plot is just stuff happening and some of it is not even correctly or fully explained and, sure, I'm not familiar at all with North American history or have more western books or authors to compare it with, but hell, any book that is capable of engrossing me more than once is top notch in my list.

  • Mandi Sanders
    2019-06-16 02:12

    My mom read this book to us kids when we were small. We were poor. We did not have a TV. We could have had a TV but Mom and Dad believed it would not be good for us. She would pop huge bowls of popcorn and make lemonade and sweet tea and we would listen for hours. We would groan in dispair every time she would come to the end of a chapter with a cliff-hanger ending and say, "Okay, it's bedtime". We would beg for just one more chapter!!! Good times! I still love this story nearly 30 years later.

  • Sherrie
    2019-05-28 02:59

    *spoilers*this was my first louis l'amour book. i thought it was good and interesting to read about this time period of american history. my only complaint is that most of the book was jubal watching for enemies, "there was movement! it's an indian!" etc. that got kind of boring. also i was really intrigued by the mummies he found in the cave and the "find them" plot. then at the end, he totally leaves that plot hanging. that was a huge bummer. oh well. but i enjoyed reading it. not sure if i'll read more of the sackett's...we'll see.

  • Betty
    2019-06-01 19:22

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is lots of action in every chapter as Juba Sackett sets out to be the first white man to reach the western part of the American frontier.The first among many of his experiences was finding out he was being followed by an unknown person.I especially like the detailed description of the scenery, and the people Jubal meets. There is never a dull moment which made this a very interesting read.

  • Cade
    2019-06-22 03:20

    An intersting thought and an interesting historical viewpoints. A perpetuation of a little known thought that the woolymamoths survived thousands of years beyond the ice age and into near modern times in the Rocky Mountains. I assume L'Amour was drawing off of passed down stories of Native Americans. This is not a major plot line in the book, but an interesting side plot.

  • S
    2019-05-30 01:54

    So I didn't have to actually read the end of some sentences as I could predict what they were going to say. When it comes down to it, you just have to pick up a Louis L'Amour every now and then. The best part of this book - the inscription - it was a Father's Day gift to my Dad in '84 or '86 (hardback even) from my sister when she only had two kids.

  • KathyPetersen
    2019-06-07 19:10

    Finally! a little - just a little - boy/girl romance as Jubal falls in love with the exquisite Komi. And there's a bit of mystery involving "prehistoric" beasts and Welsh Indians, plus the usual Sackett wanderings and ponderings.I am shamelessly enjoying the Sackett saga. I will however leave the other dozen or so for a slightly later time.

  • Lorraine
    2019-06-04 03:01

    I have read many Louis L'Amour books, but this is the one I remember the most. This was an exciting story that I read many years ago and enjoyed very much. Jubal Sackett left his family home to explore America. I can't remember exactly where he went, but he saw buffalo in great herds and saw Niagara Falls and (I think) the Grand Canyon.

  • Scott Lyson
    2019-06-22 01:10

    "A cold wind blew off Hanging Dog Mountain and I held no fire, nor dared I strike so much as a spark that might betray my hiding place. Somewhere near, an enemy lurked, waiting."

  • Mary
    2019-06-12 01:54

    The exposition of “Jubal Sackett” by Louis L’amour starts you on the journey with Jubal Sackett, a yeoman, who is heading westward. You learn he is being followed by someone or something which you later you find out the identity of. In this first chapter or so you get to know who Jubal Sackett really is, and some of his family back ground. He talks about his father, his mother and brothers and sister, how they are in England and how his father is here in the Americas but he has left him behind. He also states how he is haunted by what lies beyond the great mountains and wishes to seek out that land more than anything. The rising action in this book would be when Jubal Sackett takes on the request to find Itchakomi, that makes him a prime enemy for Kapata and his tribe since they are after Itchakomi and very determined to make her his bride. Itchakomi was a very sought after Indian woman who was a “sun” of her people the climax of this story is when Jubal and Kapata finally are face to face and he decides to fight him, hand to hand combat. Another point of climax in this story was when he had to sword fight Diego, a Spanish officer, at the time returned to them to steal away Itchakomi. The falling action of this story was when Jubal defeats both Kapata and Diego. That leads to resolution which is that they no longer have to worry about attacks from Kapata’s war party or Diego’s Spanish men. Jubal then makes a peace compact, so to speak, with the neighboring Indians for protection from the Komansti. He survives the attack from the wooly mammoth and gets to live on with his wife Itchakomi in peace for now. The most memorable plot moment for me was when Jubal was all alone and breaks his leg and then later has to fight off a panther with his broken leg and all. He barely made it out of that fight because he was wounded so badly and lost a lot of blood. Luckily for him however Keokotah had found him and tended to his wounds while he was unconscious. This was the most moment for me because so much was at stake. Where would the story go if Jubal had died from a broken leg and a panther attack? His strength allowed him to push forward and not give up even with a severely broken leg, at this time in the story you really see how courageous and strong willed this man was. Three memorable quotes from this story are: “It is not enough to do, one must also become. I wish to be wiser, stronger, better. This… this thing that is me is incomplete. It is only the raw material with which I have to work. I want to make it better than I received it.” Another is; “All things are valued according to their scarcity, and a time might come when this gift would seem as nothing. What was worth little to us was worth much to them because they were things they could not get elsewhere.” The third quote I find memorable is; “here is but one thing we know, Ni'kwana, and that is that nothing forever remains the same. Always there is change. Your people have remained long undisturbed by outside influences. This may seem good, but it can be bad also, for growth comes from change. A people grow or it dies.” The significance of these quotes is that all have a great meaning. The first quote is talking about yourself and how you can always become better than you were before. Which is everyone should do, we all should be trying each and every day to better ourselves. The second quote mentions scarcity and how at one time some things may seem like nothing to you but at others they are of great importance. If something is scarce in your life or in the world it is of more value than anything else. The last quote is talking about change and how all things change whether you’d like them to or not. Which is why we adapt to change or you or left unmoved and everything around you has grown perhaps for the better. The three most important characters are: Jubal Sackett, Keokotah, and Itchakomi. Jubal Sackett was a strong willed and tough individual. He was a white Englishman who grew up in America. This is his story of his journey west and the obstacles that ensue. He has fought many men and conquered each time. He is well equipped for the life he lives wandering North America. He hunts well and tracks well and not only survives but thrives in this environment. He lives up to his father’s prestigious name. He loves the sights and probably would never choose another way to live. Keokotah, a Kickapoo, who are very strong fierce Native Americans, became Jubal’s companion and a good one at that. He looked up to Jubal and stuck by him. He’s companionship was very valuable to Jubal even though when they first had met they were uncertain of each other and did not trust one another. Like Jubal he is a very strong individual and a gem of his kind. Itchakomi is a sun of her people, which was a prestigious thing to be, a princess no less. She looked it as well being the most beautiful woman most man ever laid eyes upon. Her importance to this story was that she was the woman Jubal was sent out to find and deliver a message to. Eventually they fall in love and get married after a long winter together.The setting of this story moves around a bit since the character takes the story on a journey west with him. The story starts however in the North American wilderness in today’s state Tennessee and takes you to around to northern New Mexico. They cross the great river in attempt to make it the far seeing lands and encounter all the seasons with little protection besides a cave they sheltered inn for winter. The time this story takes places is in colonial America, so around the 1700’s. This was a time before most of the United States was explored and was mostly Indian inhabitants. The opening scene of this story was Jubal Sackett exploring the wilderness questioning his urge to go westward. He talked of his father and family, as he trekked through the forests. He suspects he’s being followed and then suddenly gets a spear thrown at him, he later starts a fire inviting this Indian in, they talk and the Kickapoo Indian later proved to be a true companion of Jubal. This scene is significant because you learn about Jubal’s goals, who he is, where the story takes places and the other characters in the story. The closing scene in this book is Jubal, Itchakomi, Unstwita and Paisano walking back to their camp from where the wooly mammoth was. Just before this Jubal and Itchakomi were attacked by that mammoth, this attack was the reoccurring nightmare that Jubal had. The significance of this closing scene is that all Jubal’s battles are defeated even the one he never thought would occur and he can move on with his life and eventually conquer his goal of seeing the far lands he so desperately wants to see.The external conflicts of Jubal Sackett were; the wilderness, the Indians likes Kapata, the Spanish men and finding Itchakomi. The wilderness was a conflict because you are constantly battling with starvation in the winter because of the lack of game, and the harsh elements. Of course the Indians were a conflict because they are constantly attacking and trying to kill Jubal, some for his scalp and others like Kapata because Jubal has what they want which is Itchakomi. The same with the Spanish men, Diego wants Itchakomi but Jubal of course would never give up his prized wife. This is resolved by the defeat of the Indians after him, the finding of Itchakomi and roughing the wilderness the best he can. The internal conflicts Jubal struggles with are; his yearning to see the far seeing lands but he was stuck on this mission to find Itchakomi and now that he has her she is pregnant, and he is unsure of if he’ll ever see beyond those mountains. Another was dealing with the fact his father, the strongest man he’s ever known is dead. It is hard for him to believe it’s true. He resolves the internal conflicts by accepting that his father is gone. The other is resolved by him realizing that one day Komi and him will go and explore those lands.

  • Marlowe
    2019-06-03 22:06

    I picked this up without realising that it's part of a larger series. In fact, I didn't realise it at all until I had finished the book and went to GoodReads to see what other people think of it. Point being, this works perfectly well as a stand-alone.It follows the story of Jubal Sackett, son of Barnabas Sackett, as he travels ever farther west - intent on seeing whatever is beyond the next horizon. On the way, he receives a quest to find a princess, makes friends, makes enemies, and falls in love.It's a bit of a meandering tale. When Jubal receives the quest to find the Natchez princess Itchakomi, I thought that would be the focus of the story. But then it seemed to be about defeating the antagonist Kapata. But then it seemed to be about finding a place to settle down and build a trading post. But then it seemed to be about finding one of the few remaining woolly mammoths. But then it seemed to be about dealing with the Spanish, and finding himself in the middle of a conflict between two Spanish soldiers.The book always had a next horizon, a next quest, a next goal. All the quests that are introduced end up resolving by the end, but their lack of interconnectedness left the ending rather open - it's obvious that there will be more, even if they aren't told. As someone who likes tighter narratives, this bothered me a bit.I was also a little disappointed into the survivalism aspects of the novel. I'm a bit of a survivalist fan - I cut my reader teeth on books like My Side of the Mountain and My Name is Disaster. I just can't get enough of nitty-gritty stories of people surviving alone in the wilderness. Jubal had a lot of that, the focus tended to be Man vs Man, rather than Man vs Nature.I did have fun with the book. I kept it on my phone as an emergency audiobook, to listen to while getting changed at work when I didn't have have my normal audiobook to hand, for instance. Its slow, somewhat episodic narrative is perfect for these sorts of short burst readings, when I don't need more than just a broad recollection of what's already happened. The book is interesting in the moment, rather than as a whole.I found the character of Jubal himself to be rather interesting. He's the survivalist, but he's also quiet, reserved, a reader. He often comes across more like a younger boy than a man, especially in how long it takes him to pick up on Itchakomi's rather obvious flirtations. Even in his friendships, he seems somewhat emotionally immature. It felt like the book was written for a younger audience, with the main character's emotional experiences being made relatable for that audience.

  • Oleta Blaylock
    2019-06-20 20:15

    I have never read this book before and now I regret that. This is a wonderful story of friendship, love and the magic that once lived in the frontier. I am sorry that no other books were written about Jubal and his descendants. I would like to know what happen to them and if they ever found what they were looking for. I am also sorry that there are no stories for Noelle and Brian and Abigail. I would like to know if they ever came back to America.This story picks up not long after Barnabas has died. Probably about the same time Kin and Yance are off trying to save Kin's future wife from slavers. The beginning of this story is a little sad in that Jubal decides he is never going back to his family, that he will go to the mountains far to the west. The story follows his adventures the the Appalachians and down through the Tennessee River Valley, down the Ohio river and then down the Mississippi to the Arkansas River. At this time this is not an easy journey since most of it is made either in a canoe or on foot. There were not many horses available at this time, most belonged to the Spanish and they were forbidden from selling then to anyone other than another Spaniard.During this journey Jubal meets a man for the Natchee, a Ni'kwana a man of mysteries. This man wants Jubal to find the daughter of the Sun that went West to find a new, safe place for their people. Jubal and a friend he has made name Keokotah, a Kickapoo, head off to find this woman. What fellows are the trials and tribulations of this pair as they travel cross country.I think this is one of Louis L'Amour's best works. It is much like his Walking Drum or Lonesome Gods. It is an epic story and very absorbing. I finished the book in a day. I don't often do that with a book especially one of this length. If you love the Sackett's then you need to read this story if you haven't. If you love westerns or historical fiction then you will love this story as well.

  • Michael
    2019-05-30 23:55

    This is the fourth book chronologically of the lives of the Sackett clan through early American history continuing the story in North America as Barnabas Sackett’s son Jubal treks across the unexplored (by white men) areas of the midwest, and you end up learning a lot about early frontier times in the New World.Louis L'Amour was not one of the most technical or long-winded writers, he was short, succinct, and to the point and had a way that grabs you into the story immediately. The descriptions of the scenery, events, people, and situations made you feel as if you were right there living it side-by-side with his characters.With this continuation of the Sackett series you not only have the classic Louis L'Amour situations with the good guy fighting the bad guy, a life-threatening conflict, and the good guy persevers, you also get more of a historical educational aspect of the life and times of early America and will learn a thing or two.As I type this review, this book is $5.99 in the Kindle format - you'll get a lot more than $5.99 of entertainment out of this one.

  • Brody Anderson
    2019-06-09 00:09

    It has taken me quite awhile to finish, no fault of the books story.I really enjoyed the story of Jubal. From the friendship with Keokotah to the awkwardly blooming love of Jubal and Itchakomi, the story covers traveling along the rivers and country side while Jubal and Keokotah move west. Describing what it possibly could have been like to always be on guard while traveling west in the early times of westward movement. There are many struggles and fights that keep the attention. Interaction with the Spanish who settled in the Southwest adds to the challenges they must face among the battles to be had.

  • Kate Sherrod
    2019-06-24 20:09

    Each of Louis L'Amour's Sackett novels becomes my new favorite as I read along, but I'm starting to see a bit of a pattern forming of which I might tire. That pattern being that each novel is, in no small part, about its chosen Sackett's quest for a wife with whom to make more Sacketts to be waiting there to greet the rest of the white folks when they finally get around to settling the interior of the North American continent.So far, though, there is plenty of variety within that narrative, and Jubal Sackett has the most interesting twist on that basic plot, in that our man Jubal, the youngest son of dynastic founder Barnabas Sackett, really doesn't think he's looking for a wife when he takes off wandering, itching to see unknown lands and explore mountains farther west than those his father had once itched to explore. And explore he does, for a while, in the company of a native companion he picks up, a Kickapoo called Keokotah, who feels similarly ill at ease hanging around his own people -- he met and became fascinated by an Englishmen when he was just a lil' Kickapoo.Soon the pair encounter a Mississippi River tribe, the Natchez (often referred to, in this book, as "Natchee"), who are having a bit of a territory crisis, and also a crisis of leadership. Their chief is dying, their territory being encroached on by other, stronger tribes, and their medicine man has heard of the legendary Sackett family and what a bunch of stand-up guys they are, for white men, and would Jubal mind heading west to find their exploration party that was sent out a while ago to find a new place for them to live? Oh, and find their crown princess, Itchakomi, and ask her to come home and lead her people since the chief is dying and all?Well, Jubal and Keokotah were going that way, anyway, so why not?Oh, by the way, there's this half-breed Natchez jerk who thinks he's going to marry Itchakomi and take power among us, and like we said, he's really a jerk and we'd rather he didn't but it's really up to her whom she marries because she's that important and all. Anyway, he's probably going to be trying to hunt her down and he already doesn't like you because he's that guy over there that tried to pick a fight, mmmkay?Sure, whatever.Of course, we all know who is really going to get to marry Itchakomi, but it's still fun watching Jubal be the last one to realize it, especially since he spends most of the first half of the novel just trying to find her out in the great unknown and mostly unexplored wilds between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Which is really quite a vast territory in which to be trying to find anyone and anything. But duh, this is like no spoiler at all, he finds her. Just as his brother found Carrie and Diana in the Caribbean last novel. Just as Keokotah, from whom Jubal becomes separated when he chooses to seek out some caves (maybe Mammoth in Kentucky?*), still manages to find him even when Jubal is unexpectedly hampered and delayed from making their agreed rendezvous. These people are awfully, awfully good at finding each other, these Louis L'Amour characters. Like Dickensianly good. I find this hard to swallow at times, but, yannow, Romance.What really sold this book to me as my new favorite Sackett novel, though, is the scenery porn and attendant displays of survival skills in solitude Jubal constantly displays. To read Louis L'Amour (for me anyway) is to come to resent the year of one's birth; mine was a good 150 years too late**; I am forever deprived of the sight of the country through which Jubal travels as it was before it got covered in pavement and gas stations and tract housing and big box stores. L'Amour is a pretty good nature writer, and gives Jubal a unique and lyrical narrative voice that marks out his mystical, solitary character as very different from his brothers Yance and Kin-Ring, and from his father Barnabas.I have one pet peeve though, and it's both insignificant and hugely annoying. For no good reason except to make sure we know that Itchakomi digs Jubal, two-thirds of the way through the book we get a single chapter from her first person perspective. And it's all about her romantic dilemma of how to make him "see" her without sacrificing her pride or losing face. And then it's back to Jubal's narration for the rest of the novel. This seems a clumsy and amateurish thing to do in a book that otherwise flows so beautifully (and I assure you, willfully blind as Jubal is, there are plenty of hints for us readers to pick up to clue us in to Itchakomi's feelings. Really, we spend quite a bit of time watching Jubal's mental gymnastics and contortions via which he preserves his ignorance of the fact that he and Itchakomi are in lurve. It's quite amusing). I hope it's not a sign of things to come, I really do.But for now, I'm still on board, especially since the next novel, Ride the River, has my curiosity already; its protagonist is female. Can L'Amour handle that well? His silly Itchakomi chapter argues against the idea, but we'll see. We'll see.*Part of these novels is working out where our characters are, based on purely geographical clues; no modern names for anything are used in these novels. Thus the Mississippi is "the Great River" and the Rockies are "the Shining Mountains" but the more southerly part is already called the Sangre de Christos because the Spaniards who so named them are already there and using the name at the time of this novel.**Funny because, as mostly a science fiction fan, I'm more likely to grouse about being born 150 years too early. There's just no pleasing me, I guess.

  • David Trapp
    2019-05-27 21:02

    I really enjoyed this one by Louis L'Amour which details the adventures and survival of Barnabus Sackett's son, Jubal. Like his late father, Jubal is venturing westward, this time within the untamed and wild USA, striking westward from Virginia. He befriends another loner, an Indian. In this book, Jubal encounters someone who is seeking an Indian princess. Jubal signs up for the task of finding her and returning her. The book is the trevails he faces and endless attacks from both Spanish soldiers as well as various Indian tribes.