Let the Drum Speak: A Novel of Ancient America

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First there was Kwani, the blue-eyed "witch," whose turbulent, triumphant life was first chronicled in the New York Times best-seller She Who Remembers and continued in Voice of the Eagle. Now comes Antelope's story. Antelope is Kwani's beloved daughter, a worthy successor to her mother's magnificent legacy. Antelope's mate is Chomoc, the son of the legendary Kokopelli. When Chomoc's wanderlust leads him away from his tribe to the city of the Hasinai, in what will become the state of Oklahoma, Antelope refuses to...
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First there was Kwani, the blue-eyed "witch," whose turbulent, triumphant life was first chronicled in the New York Times best-seller She Who Remembers and continued in Voice of the Eagle. Now comes Antelope's story. Antelope is Kwani's beloved daughter, a worthy successor to her mother's magnificent legacy. Antelope's mate is Chomoc, the son of the legendary Kokopelli. When Chomoc's wanderlust leads him away from his tribe to the city of the Hasinai, in what will become the state of Oklahoma, Antelope refuses to be left behind. She breaks the taboos that demand she stay safely at home, and with her blue-eyed baby she prepares to join Chomoc. What she finds at the end of the journey is not grand adventure, but a sophisticated city full of hostile, tattooed strangers. The most menacing presence is the Great Sun, ruler of the city. Determined to rid himself of the threat of Antelope's mystic powers, and compelled by her beauty and the need to possess her, the Great Sun becomes Antelope's greatest enemy. Isolated from her people, and now torn apart from her mate, Antelope must find a way to survive and to keep her baby from human sacrifice.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The third book of Shuler's Time Circle Quartet should please admirers of She Who Remembers and Voice of the Eagle while immediately drawing in readers new to the story of Antelope, daughter of the revered teacher Kwani Keeper and herself a teacher of the secrets of womanhood. Antelope, an Anazsasi of ancient America, is one of a long line of Chosen Ones who can call the spirits and communicate with her predecessors. She is also the loving mate of Chomoc, who has a wandering eye. Because she fears losing Chomoc, Antelope has insisted on accompanying him on a trading journey to the City of the Great Sun, even though she is still nursing their infant daughter, Skyfeather. But at the city, Antelope and Chomoc are not welcomed by the shaman and his chief, the Great Sun, who suspect and fear their powers. When Antelope sees into the spirit of the Great Sun, she realizes he is hiding a terrible secret and urges Chomoc to leave the area. But her mate is captivated by the beautiful and powerful queen of the City of the North. When Chomoc deserts his wife and daughter, Antelope must use all her powers to defend herself and her child, and to find a way back to her people. Shuler tells this tale in prose turbulent enough, and strokes broad enough, to paint over the sketchiness of her characters. Buttressed by considerable research (bibliography included), it's a bracing read. (June)
Library Journal
This sequel to She Who Remembers (LJ 2/15/88) and The Voice of the Eagle (LJ 6/1/92) follows Antelope, the new "She Who Remembers"; her mate, Chomoc; and their daughter, Skyfeather, as they leave their native Southwest to travel to what is now Oklahoma. Like her mother, Kwani, Antelope faces many dangers in her adventures among strangers. Abandoned by her wandering husband, she is gradually assimilated into the life of the Hasinai, even becoming the beloved mate of their leader, the Great Sun. However, she is torn between her love for him and the need to return to her own clan to warn them of the terrible forthcoming events she has seen in a vision. Although the ending seems a bit rushed and the epilog condenses the future to two pages, Shuler has added an interesting new culture to her well-researched series in this, the third book of a promised quartet. It should be as popular as its predecessors.-Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany Libs.
Kirkus Reviews
The elementary but agile further adventures of Shuler's 13th- century Native Americans in territory encompassing sections of what will be New Mexico, Oklahoma and Missouri. Here, Antelope, a Pueblo Indian who, like her mother Kwani (Voice of the Eagle, 1992; She Who Remembers, 1988), becomes the guardian and teacher of the ancient secrets of women, journeys from her home to meet both love and peril.

With her mate Chomac, son of the fabled, wily trader Kokopelli, Antelope and her baby daughter Skyfeather take the long trek to the City of the Great Sun. The ruler of that city (who goes by the moniker "Great Sun") is hiding a scandalous secret. Fearing the arrival of the son of Kokopelli and the daughter of Kwani (their coming having been foretold), he plots their elimination. Before long, Antelope must also contend with: a jealous shaman who threatens Skyfeather, the Great Sun's glowering sister, and the Great Sun himself, who lusts for Antelope and plans to have Skyfeather, the perfect baby, sacrificed. Meanwhile, Chomac, flighty like his wandering sire, is lured away by Tima-eha, the lusty queen of the City of the North. Before the Great Sun can carry out his schemes, he is deposed. Antelope's new best friend, the healer Far Walker, is chosen to be the next Great Sun. Despairing of the absent, faithless Chomac, Antelope becomes Far Walker's mate, and when he travels on a state journey to Tima-eha, she reigns in his place. Far Walker's return from that dangerous queen is fraught (hardship, a killer earthquake), but thanks to Chomac (in a redeeming act), he survives. Then Antelope must deal with a painful question: Should she return to her old home and follow the ancestors' command to warn her people about the doom to come (the arrival of the Spaniards)?

Some hard information here based on major archeological digs, but, overall, cartoon-soft, even if modestly diverting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451190956
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2015

    Great series, good character development and a real page turner.

    Great series, good character development and a real page turner. Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book. It spoke to me in so many ways. Being Native American myself, I could relate in many ways. I have read the book many times and still enjoy every second, every word, every emotion it stirs. This book is a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2006

    The best book.

    This book is the best book i ever read. i love it. i read it at least 15 times and i still love reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Can U Put it Down?

    This series of books keeps you reading constantly. Even if you are not a big reader this wonderfuly exciting novel of an ancient people will have you reading everywhere at any spare moment. Full of outstanding detail and true to life events this book is a MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    Excellent reading

    Awesome book, awesome series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    Wonderful

    I was on my way out of the library when I spotted this book. I had never read anything by Ms. Shuler before and the synopsis looked interesting. At the time I did not realize this was the 3rd in the series, but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed her poetic prose and would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in pre-columbian fiction. A nice glimpse of the era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    SO GOOD

    This book is awesome. As soon as I started it I couldn't stop. I wasn't sure if it would be as good as the other 2 in Shuler's series, so I almost didn't try it, but it was every bit as good if not better than the others. My imagination is still stirred by the characters and by the historical details. I can't get over how good it was! If you are like me and can't get enough novels, histories, etc. about Native Americans, and you also just like a great story, read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    You will not be let down!

    If you have read the first two book to this trilogy, you will not be let down by this one. It leaves you spellbound and you can't put it down! It weaves right into the story without spoiling the story. It is a must have if you have the first two books or like Ancient American books!

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