Emerging from the collapse of the Great Mound Centers and the crumbling of old alliances, The People of One Fire craft a new confederacy beneath the encroaching shadows of the British, Spanish, and French empires. For thousands of years, the Keepers of the Adjik Hata have preserved the White Path of the covenant with Ofvngv. In this turbulent time of conflict and change, the Spanish attempt to forcibly convert the Adjik Hata. Mvhvlv, the last Keeper, dispatches his tvbalv, Little Bird, with a secret message to Emperor Brim and entrusts to his niece, Morning Light, a strand of medicine beads containing the ancient lore of the Adjik Hata.
As her uncle perishes, Morning Light flees the ruin of a burning chapel with the beads to seek out Hiram at Ocmulgee. But war is brewing, so Hiram sends Morning Light to the unlikely haven of Charleston. As Morning Light struggles to adapt to the strange, new ways of the whites, Little Bird is drawn into the brutal Apalachee raids by his desire for vengeance and the machinations of Emperor Brim. During the war, Little Bird discovers a dark sorcerer and a Fallen Hiyaulgee instigated the destruction of the Adjik Hata to seize the beads, annihilate The People of One Fire, and usher in an age of darkness and corruption unseen since the Adjik Hata shut the way between the worlds. In the shattering aftermath of battle, Little Bird is directed to Ocmulgee. Meanwhile, Morning Light, troubled by dreams of tragedy for her adoptive family and destruction of the beads, is also urged back to Ocmulgee. Will they uncover the answers they desperately seek – or a destiny more wondrous and perilous than any they could envision?
Set in the colonial southeast during the 1700’s, ‘Trekking to Ocmulgee’ is more than just a historical fiction of a little known period of Native American and colonial conflict. It is also a coming of age story spiced with fantasy, filled with romance and suspense, drama and adventure, and peopled with characters struggling with the grim realities of the clash of Native American and colonial culture. More intimate saga than sprawling epic, ‘Spoken World’ weaves together Muskogee Creek myth, migration legends, and culture with historical events to spin a yarn of fantasy which reveals the rich tapestry of Creek Indian Ways.
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Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogpsot.com Ty Bard is a gifted writer with a true historian’s knowledge of the Muskogee culture and an apparent need to make others aware of it. As much as anything, this book is a detailed look into Muskogee culture, circa 1700 with daily life and rituals described in great detail. In similar detail are the mental and emotional musings of the characters, the descriptions of Indian warfare against the Spanish and the Apalachee and the use of Muskogee language terms throughout. Although well written throughout with only a very few minor editing issues, I found the level of detail and the use of the native language to be both informative and tedious. In truth, as wonderful as I found the story and as interesting as I found the culture of the Muskogee during that time, I found the book slow and difficult to read. It not a book I would pick up unless I had a lot of time to spend reading. However, the inclusion by the author of a Creek-Muskogee Language Guide was a very helpful stroke of genius! The expectation is that “Trekking to Ocmulgee” will expand to two more volumes due to the length and complexity of the story. Readers who are interested in Native American culture and history, and those readers who want a great story and have the time to deal with the complexity of the narrative, will want to watch for the release of the next two volumes. Meanwhile, the author, Ty Bard has done a great job with both the history and the narrative. Kudos! 5-STARS, Clabe Polk
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Trekking to Ocmulgee: Spoken World Book One (Volume 1) by Ty Bard introduces us to The People of One fire craft people who have emerged from the collapse of the Great Mount Centers. The One craft are a confederacy beneath the shadows of the British, Spanish and French empires. Morning Light is a girl who flees the ruins of a burning chapel and takes with her medicine beads that have a special message. When she flees, she seeks out Hiram at Ocmulgee. Nothing is easy in this time, however, as war is brewing. So to keep Morning Light safe, Hiram sends her to Charleston and now she must adapt to a new way of life among the white people. This story is a very interesting look into early Native American life. This is a part of history that I am very interested in and have wanted to know more about for as long as I can remember. The story telling by Ty Bard has given me a taste of what I want. The book has been written in a way that is engaging and entertaining while also having the right amount of facts to the tale. Morning Light is a character that anyone who has had to get used to a new area or a new life can relate to. Her whole life is uprooted and changed and she adapt to how things are done in a new culture with new people. While my own personal move across country was not as drastic as what she experienced, I can certainly understand the upheaval. I love a story where I can engage with the main character and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantastic historical fiction.