Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)


My heart wanted to force my feet to run, but I couldn’t feel them, couldn’t feel my hands, nor my arms nor any part of myself. I had froze solid, sticking to the dirt. We were sold once before, back when Ruth was a tiny baby, not even baptized yet… I opened my mouth to roar, but not a sound escaped. I could not even mewl like a kitten.

- Taken from Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

From Amazon: 

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? 

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. 


Set against the back drop of the American Revolution, Chains explores Isabel’s search for freedom along side of America’s fight for the same. The first book in the trilogy introduces us to Isabel and her sister Ruth. The second book, Forge, follows Curzon as he joins the Patriot army at Valley Forge. The third book, Ashes, brings Isabel and Curzon together as they search for Ruth and decide which side of the conflict is worth fighting for. 

I loved this trilogy. Well-written and emotional, this series of books gave me a new perspective on so many aspects of the Revolutionary War and the fight for freedom, both from our country's perspective, but even more from those who were enslaved. At that time in history, slaves were promised their freedom in exchange for fighting from both the Patriots and the British. Some did gain their freedom, but many did not. Freedom was not won for all at the conclusion of the war. Grappling with these issues through Isabel’s point of view is well worth the read. There is some violence, but it is not graphic and frankly it is necessary to present an accurate view of the people and time period presented. 

Warning, this will be a hard series to put down! The story is engaging and exciting. The characters are easy to connect with and root for. The content will make you think. And on top of it all, you will gain a new perspective and maybe even learn a thing or too about a piece of history that is so very important to us all. 

Readers age 10 and up


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