Very interesting book (sequel to "Picture Maker"). I highly recommend both of these novels as they reveal an interesting portrait of life very early on in history (this one has Native American history mixed with Icelandic history). Very strong female main characters.
The book was carefully constructed to mirror the book that came before, Picture Maker. It was full of suspense and action, and especially interesting for the spirit of independence that survived in a woman traveling through groups that did not value women.
From Library Journal
When Picture Maker was published last year, readers discovered a heroine every bit as intriguing as the young Ayla of Jean Auel's "Earth's Children" series. Gahrahstah's epic journey, set in 14th-century North America, took her from the East Coast of what would become the United States through Canada to Greenland. This sequel opens with Gahrahstah's death. Because of her non-Christian beliefs, Gahrahstah and her husband, daughter Ingrid, and stepsons have been living in exile for the past 12 years. Upon her death, her husband and children return to their village in Greenland. Regrettably, the church still considers the family a threat to the community. After the village is raided by the English and threatened by famine, the small family makes its way back to Gahrahstah's adopted Inuit family. From there, Ingrid, who has been an outsider all her life because of her mixed Mohawk-Greenland heritage, retraces her mother's journey in reverse and eventually finds her true family. Despite exhaustively researched historical details, Spinka's follow-up pales in comparison with the first book. The characters are not as compelling, and the plot sometimes lags a bit. Still, libraries owning the first volume should get this one. Also recommended for public libraries where Auel has a big following. [A Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection.]-Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., A.
--Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., AK
Great book, can't wait for the sequel!
If you read picture maker, you will love this one.
Great story with very believable descriptions of the time and places.
Good Read :) I enjoyed it alot!