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The Shepherd of the North   By: (1880-1959)

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The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher is a compelling and deeply moving tale set in the harsh and unforgiving Canadian wilderness. The story unfolds against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery, with vivid descriptions that transport readers to a world of snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, and dense forests.

Maher's writing is exquisite, and his ability to capture the beauty and brutality of nature is unparalleled. From the first page, I found myself completely engrossed in the protagonist's journey, a young orphan named David Hunter. David's quest to find his missing sister takes him on a treacherous path, where he encounters various trials and tribulations.

One of the most striking aspects of this novel is the characterization. David is a relatable and sympathetic protagonist, driven by a deep love for his sister and an unwavering determination to reunite with her. Maher skillfully delves into David's emotional journey, exploring themes of loss, grief, and the resilience of the human spirit. As readers, we truly feel his pain, his despair, and his moments of hope.

The secondary characters in the story are equally well-developed, each with their own unique personalities and motivations. From the enigmatic trapper who becomes David's mentor to the fiercely independent indigenous people he meets along his journey, the supporting cast adds layers of depth and complexity to the narrative.

The Shepherd of the North is not a fast-paced adventure novel, but rather a contemplative and introspective exploration of human nature and the power of love. Maher expertly weaves together themes of family, identity, and the relationship between man and nature. His prose is poetic and evocative, with moments of quiet introspection that allow the reader to pause and reflect on the deeper meaning of the story.

However, there were moments when the pacing felt a bit slow, especially in the middle of the book. Some readers may prefer a more action-packed narrative, but personally, I found the slower pace to be in line with the overall tone and themes of the novel. It allowed for a greater immersion in the characters' inner worlds and the beauty of the natural landscape.

In conclusion, The Shepherd of the North is a beautifully written tale that will resonate with readers who appreciate thoughtful storytelling, richly drawn characters, and the raw beauty of the wilderness. Maher's exploration of love, loss, and the indomitable spirit of the human soul will leave a lasting impression on anyone who embarks on this poignant and unforgettable journey.

First Page:

THE SHEPHERD OF THE NORTH

BY RICHARD AUMERLE MAHER

Author of "The Heart of a Man," etc.

M. A. DONOHUE & COMPANY

CHICAGO NEW YORK

Copyright 1916

By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and electrotyped. Published, March, 1916.

Reprinted March, 1916 June, 1916 October, 1916.

February, 1917.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I THE WHITE HORSE CHAPLAIN 3 II THE CHOIR UNSEEN 35 III GLOW OF DAWN 64 IV THE ANSWER 103 V MON PERE JE ME 'CUSE 137 VI THE BUSINESS OF THE SHEPHERD 174 VII THE INNER CITADEL 210 VIII SEIGNEUR DIEU, WHITHER GO I? 243 IX THE COMING OF THE SHEPHERD 277 X THAT THEY BE NOT AFRAID 311

THE SHEPHERD OF THE NORTH

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THE WHITE HORSE CHAPLAIN

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