When I take the eyes of the dead, they cannot find their way to Ponemah, the Land of the Spirits, on their own. Instead they wander blindly, crashing about the forest.
It falls to Pauguck to lead them out.
When a person dies, an ancient spirit takes his soul to the next life. He is Pauguck, the Retriever of Souls—and he has always argued with Raven, a mischievous spirit who blinds the spirits of the dead, leaving Pauguck alone to guide them to the Land of the Spirits. But today, the stakes of their argument are even higher.
Two men are on a river trip—and one of them wants to die. Pauguck does not believe the men on the river will need his services, but Raven is determined to do everything to end their lives. So it's up to the river guide to save himself and his suicidal passenger from fire, wild animals, and the single-minded Raven.
Filled with ancient spirits and deadly secrets, this chilling wilderness tale is sure to keep your heart racing, for no one is safe from the terror of the river.
|Publisher:||Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book isn't what I thought it would be from the description and I most likely wouldn't have read it if I picked it up in a bookstore. That being said, I enjoyed it. The novel is partly action-driven, with a large portion character-driven and slow at times, but what you learn about the characters can be fascinating. The reader discovers along with the characters that they may not be what they always thought and by the end of the story, some have undergone tremendous growth - some not so much. Changing narratives allowed different perspectives and aided in explanation of the "evil spirits" and the writing was so descriptive I could easily picture the intense action along the river. Not everything in this novel is black and white, leaving some things up to reader interpretation and I like a book that makes me think. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys outdoorsy man vs. man vs. nature action/adventure along with some introspective characters. I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.