“The Tory” by T. J. London was very intriguing and insightful. I enjoyed the book, but had a hard time deciding who was on which side of the conflict. During a war, some men act honorably and some are beasts who take the opportunity to act with extreme savagery. Lieutenant John Carlisle is a Tory who is sent into upstate New York to try to induce the Ojibwa and Oneida tribes of the Iroquois to join their side against the patriot rebels. He is to establish himself as a trader willing to trade with the Indians. His headquarters is at the inn of a half-breed woman, Dellis McKesson. Dellis is trying to make the inn profitable and also try to rein in her schitzophrenic brother, who hates the British because of what they did to his family.
It was difficult for me to keep all the players straight. At one point, I didn’t know if the Lieutenant’s men were Tories or Patriots. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the book until I came to the end and realized that the book was not a stand- alone book and that I would have to read the subsequent novel in the series. I was not happy reading only to find that the story was not resolved in this book.
I received a complimentary Kindle of this book from NetGalley.com., and was not required to write a review.