From the New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey comes contemporary fantasy Sacred Groundnow back in print!
Jennifer Talldeer is Osage and Cherokee, granddaughter of a powerful Medicine Man. She walks a difficult path: contrary to tribal custom, she is learning a warrior's magics. A freelance private investigator, Jennifer tracks down stolen Native American artifacts.
The construction of a new shopping mall uncovers fragments of human bone, revealing possible desecration of an ancient burial ground. Meanwhile, the sabotage of construction equipment at the site implicates many activistsparticularly Jennifer's old flame, who is more attractive and dangerous than ever. Worst of all, the grave of Jennifer's legendary Medicine Man ancestor has been destroyed, his tools of power scattered, and a great evil freed to walk the land.
Jennifer must make peace with the many factions and solve the mystery of her ancestor's grave before the world falls into oblivion.
"Skillfully weaving a tale of fantasy, mystery, and Native American folklore, Lackey has written a unique novel sure to appeal to YAs."School Library Journal
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, and, also with James Mallory, the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed). She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was fun, would LOVE to see more of this character. She has the usual woman doing a man's job problems, but she has fun and she does it in style
Jennifer Talldear is a Native American PI in Tulsa. As part of an investigation of insurance fraud she duscovers the desecration of her ancestors burial mounds.The investigation is started due to a bomb explosion on a building site and complicated by the discovery of Native American bones and artifacts.Jennifer is an interesting character, and her relationship with her live-in granfather and Medicine Man mentor rings true.The complete turnaround of the male romantic interest - from arrogant male prig to respectful fellow initiate in the Medicine ways - ring lwess true, and the Evil of the story seems rather predictable and stale - insurance fraud, environmental destruction, avarice, spousal abuse are just some of his sins.
I loved this story of Jennifer Talldeer. My favorites are of the Valdemar series but I have always been sorry no other books have been written about this . If Mercedes Lackey would write more about Jennifer I would read them. I am not particularly impressed with her "fairy tales". I wish she would stop writing those & write more on her more original characters.
How well or loosely this honors Native American ways and legends I cannot say, not having done research on such topics. She does cover many potential errors in such by saying Jennifer's borrowed from many traditions, taking what works in this modern world, which I found satisfying. Her characters feel real, and having past history to help confuse matters helped the plot along nicely. The plot worked well with the characters, and how the various white and Native characters interacted proved amusing and satisfying in how some were willing to continue past wrongs OR right them... These also felt real. My deepest regret of this story is that other than one (recent) short story, I think this is the only tale written with these characters, which is a shame. I would love to see more with them, but there is only so much time, and ML does have at least three other very popular series she's currently writing.