If you like stories about 80 centuries before our time you will love this book which is the first in the Storyteller trilogy.Wonderfully written.
This author effortlessly takes you into the past and the lives of these peoples. Excellent read!
If you enjoy reading about "early peoples", this is a great book. One that also highlights the human nature in all of us. A good read.
Interesting concepts on the early years of this land.
Great easy read 5 Star Rating
From all that I have read is probably pretty accurate.
The setting is in Alaska, 80 centuries before our times. At that time, babies born with any deformities were thought to be harbingers of evil for the village. They were then left outside to die. The story centers around Chakliux, a baby boy born with a club foot. He is rescued by a young woman, K'os. The baby comes from an enemy village. Previous to finding Chakliux, K'os had been beaten and raped by 3 men from that village. She chooses to raise Chakliux herself. Because of her violation by the 3 men, K'os grows cold and bitter as the years go by. With cunning she plots the destruction of the 3 men with Chakliux as her weapon.
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of "Mother Earth Father Sky" comes an extraordinary new novel of courage and human conflict in a prehistoric wilderness of ice and snow.
Eighty centuries before our time-in the frozen interior of a place that would someday be called Alaska-a clubfooted babe was left in the snow to die...until he was rescued by a young woman ravaged by her enemies and sworn to vengeance.
Twenty years later, the child, called Chakliux, has grown to manhood and occupies an honored place as his tribe's treasured storyteller, while his adoptive mother K'os has grown cunning and cold. But in the neighboring village of the Near River People-where he has been sent to make peace by wedding the shaman's daughter-a shocking double murder occurs that sets Chakliux on a remarkable journey. Driven by the ancient songs of sea and sky, earth and animals, the storyteller traverses a harsh, unknown, yet enthralling landscape in search of the strange truth about the offenses for which his people have suffered...and about the hateful, ambitious woman who raised him, who may be his most dangerous enemy of all.
I loved this Book. I read it many years ago. But I will still recommend it to anyone that loves reading about what life may have been like before we had civilization.