Novelist Margaret Coel said of the book:
"A riveting historical novel of immense scholarship and insight. Dennis Herrick makes the story of the first American Indians in the West to face the military might of European forces a vivid and real as if Coronado's expedition had ridden out of Mexico yesterday. Winter of the Metal People will forever influence your perception of the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of the Southwest."
Historian Richard Flint wrote:
"Herrick skillfully brings the Native side ... into vivid focus. We are brought to imagine the complexity and variety of Pueblo reactions as they struggle to come to grips with the foreign presence and how it violently impacts their lives and traditions."
Said anthropologist David Stuart:
"A vivid historical novel that brings to life the epic winter of 1540–41 as Spanish and Pueblo Indian worlds collided. Herrick's narrative ... is the closest we will ever get to standing on a hill above an ancient Pueblo community and witnessing the gritty reality of history."
From the book review by John Kachuba of the Historical Novel Society:
"This novel is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the American Southwest and its native peoples."
Historian Don Bullis, New Mexico Historical Notebook
"I do not ordinarily review fiction on these pages, but an exception is clearly in order with Dennis Herrick's book. While this novel takes up the Pueblo side of things during Coronado's entrada in 1540-1542, it is important to note that Herrick has his facts in order. While this is fiction, I think it goes a long way toward understanding the conflict between the early residents of New Mexico and the European newcomers. Well written, informative, and entertaining."
Suzanne Buck, The Alibi, Albuquerque, NM
"(Dennis Herrick's) narrative technique is what saves the novel from a being a grim recitation of war crimes and allows the reader to engage with the human element behind the scenes."
Mike Lord, Voces of Santa Fé
"The Indians' perspective. The events are historically accurate and the entire story is a worthy read."