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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.
Posted January 6, 2015
Posted May 5, 2007
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2006
Posted June 17, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2002
Posted January 30, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2000
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.