Lucia St. Clair Robson's remarkable Native American novels have paved the way for many romances. In GHOST WARRIOR she focuses on Lozen, an Apache woman who defies her culture to become a warrior.

It is Lozen's "gift" to see the future that allows her into all-male circles with warriors like her brother, Chiracahua, and Apache Chief Victorio, Cochise and Geronimo.

Her life and that of Rafe Collins, a Teamster who quotes Shakespeare, become entangled as their paths cross time and again. Though there is an attraction between them, they are more friends than lovers. It is through Rafe's eyes that readers are given the white man's views on the hostilities between the Apache and the settlers.

This 500-page tome is filled with realistically bloody battle scenes, ambushes and atrocities. Though this is accurate, some readers will find it disturbing. Though the portrait of the Apache culture is superbly painted, the story lacks the momentum I have come to expect from Ms. Robson. SWEET (Now available, 500 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin