The Raven's Gift

The Raven's Gift


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The Raven's Gift by Don Rearden

John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup'ik Eskimo village on the windswept Alaskan tundra. But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated community descends into total chaos. When outside aid fails to arrive, John’s only hope lies in escaping the snow-covered tundra and the hunger of the other survivors—he must make the thousand-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness for help. He encounters a blind Eskimo girl and an elderly woman who need his protection, and he needs their knowledge of the terrain to survive. The harsh journey pushes him beyond his limits as he discovers a new sense of hope and the possibility of loving again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143187493
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Don Rearden grew up on the tundra of southwestern Alaska. He is a produced screenwriter and published poet. Rearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and teaches as an assistant professor of developmental studies at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

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"The Raven's Gift has a winning plot, characters we've never met before, and intriguing details of a world most of us will never venture to — creating a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting."
–Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Tenth Circle and My Sister's Keeper

“At first glance, The Raven's Gift might appear to be an epic thriller set in the ancient land of the Yup'ik tundra, but it goes much farther than that into the delicate frontiers of the human heart—the best book I've read this year.”
–Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

“An epic adventure, a work of mythical dimensions, never to be forgotten.”
–Daniel Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of Ishmael and The Story of B

"A many layered Alaskan intrigue which is gritty and engaging and an absolutely good read . . . all in a world, that Alaskan world —which I could believe.”
–Ron Carlson, author The Speed of Light, Five Skies, News of the World, Plan B for the Middle Class, The Hotel Eden, and At the Jim Bridger.

"Don Rearden's writing is captivating and new. This is a writer who has many books in him.  I predict he will be widely read, well respected, and greatly admired." 
–Jo-Ann Mapson, author of bestselling novels Bad Girl Creek, The Wilder Sisters, and Hank & Chloe.

"Don Rearden is a masterful storyteller, and an artist of extraordinary talent and vision. Like all great books, The Raven’s Gift transcends geography and culture; it provides a window into what it means to be human in an age when humanity is all too often pushed aside and those who live at the margins forsaken in the name of political expedience."
–Kris Farmen, author of Turn Again and The Devil's Share

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Zombimomi More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Receiving this free book in no way influenced my review. This book was amazing. It starts off taking you on a race against time. At first, we meet a young couple moving to Alaska as teachers and they encounter the harsh truth of reality. The Alaskan natives are racing to just survive everyday lives. You are drawn in to the plight of the people and suddenly the terrible race of the unknown plague that appears and now it is a race for humanity. This book is one I could not look away from. The reality ingrained into the fantasy makes this book eerily intense. I became emotionally invested in the lives of each person. It is a book that makes you question yourself. Not just what would you do in that situation, but question how you live your life today!! I recommend that anyone who thinks they have read a great story, stop and read this. Then they will know what a great survival story is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I couldn't put down and will never forget.
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Loved it! Hooked from the first page to the last. Can't wait to read more from this talented author.