Time of the Eagle

Time of the Eagle

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by Sherryl Jordan
     
 

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I was the first child born to a hunted people, in the first winter of their flight. My earliest memory is of being carried on my mother's hip across barren plains, with wild mountains all around, and of rough tents made of skins stretched across sticks planted in the dust, of hunger and thirst and a feeling I did not like or understand, but which I know now was the

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I was the first child born to a hunted people, in the first winter of their flight. My earliest memory is of being carried on my mother's hip across barren plains, with wild mountains all around, and of rough tents made of skins stretched across sticks planted in the dust, of hunger and thirst and a feeling I did not like or understand, but which I know now was the fear that shadowed my people, as a wolf shadows a wounded deer.

Avala dreams of becoming a healer, but her dreams are not the same as her destiny. Hers is a mighty but lonely fate, for she is the chosen one—the one who will bring the Time of the Eagle, when the hunted will become the hunters and win back their freedom. It is a destiny that requires the spirit of a warrior and the heart of a healer. But does Avala have the courage to set the Eagle on its flight?

In this epic story about a girl born to greatness, Sherryl Jordan tells an unforgettable tale of destiny, betrayal, and the power of love and faith.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
The Shinali people have been exiled from their land for many years, but rather than being discouraged, they look forward to the Time of the Eagle, a time when they will rise up with other displaced peoples and take back their land as the prophecy foretold. Avala is the daughter of a healing woman and a peacemaker who came from the enemy Navorans. On her sixteenth borning-day, Avala receives a new prophecy: she is to usher in the long-awaited Time of the Eagle as a peacemaker between all enemy peoples. With so much responsibility on her shoulders, Avala longs to shrug off her destiny and follow her own path. But no one can hide from fate; Avala is swept into powerful events that will change the course of history. The award-winning Jordan crafts a sweeping and unforgettable fantasy epic in a world she has created to parallel our own. Full of love, betrayal, adventure, and memorable characters, this sequel to Secret Sacrament can stand alone as a novel in its own right.
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
This is a sequel I have looked forward to, because I was so enthusiastic about Secret Sacrament, a book Jordan wrote some years ago, which was an ALA Best Book for YAs in 2002. Jordan is from New Zealand, and I had thought then that the story could be interpreted as the clash between cultures as western colonists settle in lands occupied by native peoples. There are mythic, spiritual cadences throughout, which make the story something more mysterious than the adventure/quest tale it basically is. The main character in this sequel is the daughter of the central character in Secret Sacrament, who died at the end of that first book. Avala has been raised by her mother, with their tribe constantly on the move because of the persecutions of the governing culture, her father's people. Avala has been taught to be a healer, and this is how she envisions her future. Yet, the seers have foretold that she will be the one who unites the tribes to attack their oppressors and usher in a time of peace, the Time of the Eagle. This long saga, filled with excitement, romance, and mystery, tells how that vision is fulfilled. The cover art is dramatic and will grab readers: it is the face of Avala, her dusky skin and blue eyes revealing her mixed parentage, the drawing of the eagle on her cheekbone illustrating the title and suggesting her crucial role in the story. Jordan is a master writer: I have been wildly enthusiastic about her other work too, The Hunting of the Last Dragon and The Raging Quiet—challenging, gripping, beautiful prose, and also ALA Best Books for YAs.
VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
On Avala's sixteenth borning-day, Zalidas, the tribal Holy Man, experiences a powerful vision. He predicts that Avala will initiate the "Time of the Eagle," uniting her people, the Shinali, with the Hena and Igaal tribes to defeat the tyrant Jaganath's rule over Navoran society. Avala's destiny falls swiftly into place. She helps Ramakoda, a wounded Igaal warrior, return to his tribe. The Igaal's chieftain, Mudiwar, impressed with Avala's healing skills, refuses to allow her to leave. Mudiwar's son, Ishtok, befriends Avala and helps her to escape. Returning to the Shinali campsite, she finds that her people have gone. Wandering alone, she discovers a sanctuary of exiled Navoran scholars and healers. There Avala spends the winter, learning fantastic mental abilities that will heal and protect her people. Returning to the Igaal, she convinces Mudiwar to unite the tribes. With her new mental powers, Avala subdues Jaganath, while the combined tribes defeat his army. The exiled intellectuals are reinstated as benevolent leaders, and Ishtok and Avala are married. Secret Sacrament, the story of Avala's father, Gabriel, (HarperCollins 2001,(c)1996/VOYA June 2001) provides a rich backdrop to Avala's story, although each book also stands alone. Avala's victory not only defeats her father's old enemy, Jaganath, but also brings about the restoration of the Citadel as the center of learning and power, which so fascinated Gabriel. Individual incidents slip into place, producing a seamless plot; each scene advances the fulfillment of Zalidas's prophecy. Excellent characterization assures that Gabriel and Avala will not be forgotten.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
In this sequel to Secret Sacrament (HarperCollins, 2001), the time has arrived for the fulfillment of the prophecy foretelling that when the Time of the Eagle comes, the Shinali, Igaal, and Hena tribes will unite to overthrow the Navoran Empire, which is unbeaten in battle. Avala, the daughter of Gabriel, a Navoran, and Ashila, a Shinali, has come of age. She is destined to bring the prophecy to fruition, but when she is captured by an Igaal warrior and enslaved in his camp, the dream seems certain to die. This is an epic story of the growth of a girl into her destiny, and the choices between warrior and healer, Shinali and Navoran. Readers will find many Native American elements that blend seamlessly into the rich tapestry of this tale.
—June H. KeuhnCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A compassionate, heartfelt fantasy fulfills the promise of Secret Sacrament (2001). At 16, Avala is revered not just for the sake of her father's heroic sacrifice, but also as the One destined to bring about the Time of the Eagle, when the cruel Navoran Empire will fall and her persecuted Shinali tribe restored. While Avala longs to be a healer, she dutifully accepts her prophesied role of uniting all the enslaved peoples against their oppressors. But when her efforts bring forth only disaster and betrayal, Avala begins to doubt: How can she lead warriors when she wishes only to heal? Rich, poetic prose describes a world both familiar and exotic, woven together by dreams and visions. Avala's transition from naive adolescent to mature, wise, yet still idealistic woman is delicately rendered. Still, her steely conviction paradoxically robs her efforts of suspense. And the reverence for the good in every culture reduces the complexity of human evil to the cartoonish menace of a single mustache-twirling villain. Yet, especially as a companion to the heartbreaking tragedy of the earlier volume, the themes of reconciliation and forgiveness bring blessed healing. As Avala would say, "a high lot beautiful." (Fantasy. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060595555
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Edition description:
Library Bound Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Time of the Eagle

Chapter One

I was the first child born to a hunted people, in the first winter of their flight.

My earliest memory is of being carried on my mother's hip across barren plains, with wild mountains all around, and of rough tents made of skins stretched across sticks planted in the dust, of hunger and thirst and a feeling I did not like or understand, but which I know now was the fear that shadowed my people, as a wolf shadows a wounded deer. Always we were moving on, always looking behind us, always afraid to rest.

My people were called the Shinali, and by the time I was born there were only a few of us left, for we had fought many battles with many enemies and lost much. Early in my life I came to realize that the tribe held me high in their hearts, and I thought it was because my mother, Ashila, was the healer, with skills that meant the difference between life or death. But later my mother told me who my father was, and I knew why I was beloved. My father was Gabriel Eshban Vala, from the stone city of Navora, far to the south of our journey-lands.

Things were not good between my father's people and my mother's, for the all-conquering Navorans had stolen nearly all the Shinali lands and left us only one little plain. When my parents first met, my people still had that plain. Navorans were not allowed on our land, but my father came, for my mother invited him. He, too, was a healer, famous and honored among his own people; but when he chose to sit at the feasting-fires of the Shinali, it cost him dearly. His own people turned against him and against us. In the end they drove us off our last land, imprisonedus in a stone fort, and would have killed us all; but my father saved us and traded for our freedom with his life.

A hard freedom it was, for the Emperor in the stone city wanted us all dead. All my childhood life we wandered, staying only a little season in each place, afraid of the bands of soldiers we saw sometimes, far out in the desert or in the mountain passes, searching for us; again and again we moved, living the life of the hunted, until I was fifteen summers old. And then we found a valley, protected and hidden by a ring of mountains, and there seemed to be a shield of peace; and the awful fear that had hung across my people all the years suddenly lifted, and they knew a kind of contentment. For the first time in my life I stayed in one place for more than six full moons, and the river and mountains and hunting grounds and places of gathering became familiar and loved.

It was there, in that peaceful valley, that the day came for the celebration of my sixteenth summer. It was a day high in importance, for in our tribe when she is sixteen a girl becomes a woman, and the whole tribe rejoices and honors her and welcomes her as a new person. The sixteenth borning-day is always celebrated in summer, when food is plentiful, so there can be a big feast.

Because in our tribe women are the healers, my mother was teaching me her ways, and my work it was to gather herbs along the riverbanks and from the mountains. That afternoon of my sixteenth borning-day I went gathering, leaving the women and children to prepare gifts and special food for my celebration feast. Always I gathered alone, though I knew to be watchful, for battalions of soldiers still searched for us. And the Hena and Igaal peoples—age-long enemies to us—drove us off with arrows and spears when they found us sometimes on the edges of their lands. But I had not seen any enemies during my gathering-times, until that day.

That day I walked beside the great river we call the Ekiya. I went to the very end of the ravine, to the edge of the desert lands, the only growing place for the eysela flowers, from which we make medicines for the wiping out of disease. I had gathered almost half that were there, when I went back to the river for a drink, for the day was hot.

I drank quickly, glancing often across the baked grasslands to my right, for beyond them lay enemy lands, the country of the Igaal. I could see no sign of human life, and the peaceful hills seemed to dance in the haze of heat; yet a feeling of danger swept over me. It was an impulse familiar to my people, and we never ignored it. Quickly I bent to pick up the gathering-bag at my feet, and in that moment heard the throb of many hooves. Then I heard distant shouts. From the south they came, the riders hidden by the rocks guarding the entrance to the gorge. Snatching up my gathering-bag, I looked for a hiding place.

To my left soared the walls of the ravine, the river snaking between them. The nearest bend was far away, with no hiding place between. The hoofbeats were close. Clearly I heard the yells of men racing their horses to the water. Not far into the ravine was a wide rock higher than the others, flatter and sloping upward where it jutted out over a deep pool. I ran to it and, holding my breath, slid over the edge into the still water below.

Silent, icy green engulfed me. I swam under the overhanging rock into the deep shade and found myself in a shallow cave, chest deep in water, the rocky roof close to my head. Even then I was not much afraid, for I thought that they would ride on, following the river as it turned northward. Shivering with cold, I waited.

Time of the Eagle. Copyright © by Sherryl Jordan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Sherryl Jordan is the author of several critically acclaimed and award-winning books, including The Hunting of the Last Dragon, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; The Raging Quiet, a School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Wolf-Woman, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Winter of Fire, an ALA/YALSA Recommended Book for the Reluctant Reader and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Juniper Game, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She is also the author of Secret Sacrament, the prequel to Time of the Eagle and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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Time of the Eagle 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Avala is a member of the dwindling race of the Shivali. Avala is special -- her mother, Ashila, is the tribe's healer and her father, Gabriel, was Navoran, a member of an enemy tribe who became a great ally in times of trouble. The Navoran still conquer lands, and the Shinali have become nomads, but there are still a few Navoran who honor Avala's father, and are willing to deal gently with Shinali. The true reason that Avala is held in high regard is due to a prophecy that points to her as the chosen one, the one who will finish what her father began and will bring about the Time of the Eagle.

Avala is unsure that she is capable of fulfilling such a high calling. What is she to do? And how? What if she fails? Part of her hopes that the prophecy was wrong, and meant for someone else. She doesn't want to lead an army, much less know how to do so. She wants to be a healer alongside her mother. But, she must venture out to find the future that awaits her and her people.

The path is unknown even to Avala. She will have to find her own way through the lands and peoples she encounters. Most importantly, she'll have to trust in herself, even in her most lost and confused moments. The fate of the Shinali depends upon her.

This is an amazing book! Completely engrossing, you are lost in Avala's world long after the story ends. Avala is very strong, but still frightened and unsure at times. The lands she travels to are both foreign and familiar. And the things she sees and learns!

This is an epic book in the sense that it covers a large expanse of time, and it does so incredibly well. You really feel and live and experience so much right along with her. It's also very interesting to me that this could be a time in the future, or one in the past.

There seems to be a wealth of story both before and after the time frame that this book covers. I truly hope I get to know more of this place and these people!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book had all the necessary qualifications needed to make an AMAZING book - romance, and not the vulgar kind, action, magic, indians, and a happy ending. i hope a similar book is written. You did a wonderous job. THANKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read i was literally crying when shila was kept as the prisoner of the Igaal tribe i'm a sucker for a good tear jerker
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Shinali survivors are on the run from the Navoran Empire who annexed their neighbors in a brutal campaign. The Navoran Emperor Jaganath orders his soldiers to finish the mission by exterminating the few remaining surviving Shinali. Those remaining Shinali flee through treacherous mountains and even the deadlier Desert seeking safety, but the enemy keeps hunting them. Shinali healer Ashila gives birth to the first child born since they took flight. Over the years, Avala remembers hunger and thirst, but vividly recalls her mother carrying her through hostile environs. --- When Ayala is old enough to understand Ashila tells her about her deceased father, Gabriel (see SECRET SACRAMENT) of Navoran, which provides some solace to the child, as times at best were tough. Avala dreamed of following her mother¿s footsteps by becoming a healer, but tribal seer Zalidas thinks otherwise. He believes Ayala will herald the TIME OF THE EAGLE that will prove the salvation of the Shinali, but the chosen one has doubts as she fears she lacks the courage of the warrior hunter as she is just a novice healer who detests hurting anything living. --- Although reading SECRET SACRAMENT will enhance this tale because it provides more detailed background that led to the predicament that the Shinali face, TIME OF THE EAGLE can stand alone as a terrific coming of age young adult fantasy. The story line is told predominantly from Ayala¿s perspective as she turns from frightened healer apprentice to even more frightened destiny¿s savior. She keeps the tale focused as she relates the events that must turn a hunted healer¿s heart into a hunting warrior with a healer¿s heart if the Shinali are to survive their ordeal. Fans of all ages will appreciate Sherryl Jordan¿s next generation sequel. --- Harriet Klausner