Fleeing the Shadows
Dangerous Loyalties Book Two is a fast-paced adventure novel that invites readers to experience the challenges Daughters of the American Revolution patriot, Mary Shirley McGuire, and her family would have faced along the dangerous buffalo trails into Kentucky territory during 1775.
the dangers are real
Brave beyond her thirteen years, Mary Shirley is driven to help her family flee their home on Indian Creek and survive the arduous trip through the wilderness. She blames herself for trusting the wrong men with information. Now the British Loyalist know her papa is Cage, the spy who betrayed them. He’ll hang as at traitor if captured.
Along the deceptively beautiful paths, Mary endures harsh environments and thought-provoking situations. She meets new friends, battles old foes, but when tragedy deals heart-wrenching blows to her family, Mary sets out alone, wounded, and terrified. She must push herself beyond fear and excruciating pain to get help. If she doesn’t make it to the Boonesborough settlement, maybe scouts will find her body and save her family before time runs out.
Praise for Fleeing the Shadows
Fleeing the Shadows follows fast in the footsteps of 2016’s Defiance on Indian Creek, which was Book One of the Dangerous Loyalties historical fiction series from Phyllis A. Still. It continues the adolescent years of Mary Shirley, oldest child of the Shirley family that have recently left their home and farm in Western Virginia to travel to Kentucky where her father wants to escape the British Army and lay claim to land in the new territory. To get there, they have to travel alone, by horseback and by foot on a dangerous trail where danger lurks in the shadows: Indians, wild animals and those who want to turn Mary’s father over to the British authorities. As with Defiance on Indian Creek, Ms. Still has penned a fast-moving, historically accurate account of pioneer life, this time on the trail to a new life that is expected to be more peaceful than their life in Virginia where loyalties were becoming torn between British and American, Natives and settlers, Blacks and Whites. There are other issues that young Mary now has to face: the stirrings of fascinations she feels for the young men she meets (not all of them honorable, she soon discovers), the realities of life inside the forts along the trail where women are discriminated against and justice is swiftly carried out for those that violate the law. All of this is discovered through the eyes of Mary, who is maturing quickly as she helps her pregnant mother and younger siblings endure the rigors of the trail.
Wholly enjoyable, and quite intense and shocking at times (the author herself recommends readers be over the age of thirteen) this is a historical series to take note of and one I definitely want to keep following. –The Miramichi Reader
Fleeing the Shadows is a satisfying follow-up in the continuing Dangerous Loyalties series by Phyllis A. Still. Continuing only days after the events of the previous Defiance on Indian Creek, we are swept away as our brave, thirteen-year-old heroine, Mary Shirley, must flee with her family deeper into the Kentucky frontier. They seek to escape the British loyalists who dog their every step, but as they run farther from colonial territory proper, the family finds themselves in equal peril and at the mercy of Native American braves. Mary’s Papa relies on her to do what is right and help protect their family. Having read the previous book in the series, this was a welcome return to the world of Dangerous Loyalties. Still has a great YA voice that carries the reader away with her pages. The novel has a faster pace to it, considering the family is always running from something and danger seems to lurk around every bend. For a historical YA novel, Still does not hold back on making sure that we feel the desperation of the family in every chapter. This anxiety is only enhanced as the family drives deeper into the wild unknown North American frontier. Still keeps the reader much more on the edge of our seat with this narrative, because the stakes are that much higher. If the first could be called a ‘slow burn’, this can be called a ‘flash fire’. The story rips right off the page. The setting of the summer of 1775 keeps the historical urgency matching the urgency of this very personal story, but the overarching nationwide feelings are much more muted in this second book of the series by virtue of the very present danger . . . –Literary Titan