Ghost Warrior

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Forge Books

Some call her the Apache Joan of Arc.

For more than a century, Apaches have kept alive the memory of their hero Lozen. Lozen, valiant warrior, revered shaman, and beautiful woman, fought alongside Geronimo, Cochise, and Victorio, holding out against the armies of both the United States and Mexico.

Here, at last, is her compelling story, set in the last half of the nineteenth century. Orphaned sister of Victorio, Lozen has known since childhood that the spirits have chosen her to defend Apache freedom. As the U.S. army prepares to move her people to an Arizona reservation, Lozen forsakes marriage and motherhood to fight among the men. Supported by her brother and the other chiefs, Lozen proves her mettle as a soldier, reconnaissance scout, and peerless military strategist.

Rafe Collins is a young adventurer and veteran of the Mexican War. On a dangerous journey between El Paso and Santa Fe, he builds an unlikely but enduring rapport with the Warm Spring Apaches. When his bond to Lozen goes far beyond friendship, he must undertake a perilous course that will change his life forever.

A sensitive treatment of a little-known Native American figure, Ghost Warrior is a rich and powerful frontier tale with unforgettable characters.

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Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
Sister didn't know she had horse magic, but her older brother Morning Star did. That was why he brought her to the fiesta in the Mexican town of Janos, even though his friends didn't approve. Broken Foot was forty and lame besides. He didn't care much about appearances anymore, but Cousin and He Who Yawns were twenty-four. They cared a great deal. They ignored Sister, but they had the look of men who had stepped in something smelly and couldn't get it off their moccasins.
The hems of their best breechclouts reached their knees


Praise for Ghost Warrior

"In Ghost Warrior Lucia St. Clair Robson has crafted a vivid and very entertaining picture of Apache life during the years of fierce fighting in New Mexico." --Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove

"Ghost Warrior gives us a rare and intriguing look at the Indian wars, from the Apace side, through the tribe's Joan of Arc--the sister of famed Victorio." --Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of The First Eagle

"Lucia St. Clair Robson has written an epic novel. Ghost Warrior evokes the life of a Native American woman who at last, and rightfully so, takes her place in history. The characters are memorably drawn, the narrative resonates with the truth of time and place, and Lozen, warrior and shaman, leads her people in the valiant fight against injustice. Ghost Warrior will compel readers to read on and on...late into the night." --Matt Braun, Spur Award-winning author of The Kincaids and winner of the Cowboy Spirit Award

"No one makes history as familiar and as vivid as Lucia St. Clair Robson. In Ghost Warrior she has breathed life into an extraordinary spirit and genuine heroine, Lozen. I can't wait to place this book on my keeper shelf." --Fern Michaels, bestselling author of Texas Heat and Texas Rich

"The spirit of Lozen, shaman, warrior, healer, and expert horse thief, surely possessed Robson while she wrote not only the story of Victorio's beloved sister, but of her people, from the time when they lived near streams and good grass to the cruel end when they survived like lizards, hiding in the rocks, enduring heat, cold, and thirst. For this, Robson deserves a warrior's embrace." --Jeanne Williams, Golden Spur Award winner and Levi Strauss Golden Saddleman Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Western Literature

"Geronimo, Victorio, Cochise--so legendary is the toughness, and the hit-and-hide warfare of the Apache people in their centuries-long struggle against the Mexican and then U.S. invasions, that it might come as a shock to readers of Lucia St. Clair Robson's Ghost Warrior that Apaches were spiritual human beings with a complex culture, and that a woman, Lozen, was equal in importance with those famed war chiefs. The author's trademarks--exhaustive cultural research and earthy prose--make the reader believe, and care." --James Alexander Thom, author of Follow the River and The Red Heart

"Lucia St. Clair Robson is more qualified to tell the story of Lozen than any writer today, and she does so with an award-winning style...well-defined, personal, accurately depicting historical characters, with careful attention to historical fact. For anyone whose reading choice is the American West, history, action, strong women, or the mystical quality of the American Indians' 'medicine,' this is the book." --Don Coldsmith, bestselling author of The Spanish Bit Saga

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  • Lucia St. Clair Robson

  • Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina and southern Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, she worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River. The Western Writers of America awarded her first book, Ride the Wind, the Golden Spur for best historical western of 1982 and it also made the New York Times Best Seller List.
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Lucia St. Clair Robson

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