Synopses & Reviews
The epic tale that began in People of the Longhouse
continues in this second book of the thrilling new Iroquois quartet by bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen ONeal Gear and W. Michael Gear.
War Chief Koracoo and Deputy Gonda of the Standing Stone People have successfully rescued their children, Odion and Tutelo, from Gannajero the Trader. Known as the Crow, Gannajero is a figure out of nightmare—a witch who steals children. Odions friend Wrass is still held captive, along with several other children, in Gannajeros camp, and Koracoo and Gonda are determined to save them all.
This time, Koracoo and Gonda have allies: a battle-weary Mohawk war chief and a Healer from the People of the Dawnland, who have also lost children to Gannajero. These bitter enemies must learn to trust each other and find common ground. Will they be able to put their differences aside and rescue the children before they are sold and carried off to distant villages—and lost to their families and homes forever?
With their trademark mastery of American prehistory, Kathleen and Michael Gear tell a very human story of love and courage set against the backdrop of violent and endemic warfare of the Iroquois nations prior to the founding of the League of the Iroquois.
“The multitalented Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists and bestselling authors, score a literary bulls-eye as they weave another vivid narrative thread into their stunning tapestry of Native Americana…. The Gears continue do a magnificent job of advancing a fascinating historical chronicle via action, adventure, and archaeology.” —Booklist on People of the Longhouse
“Rich in cultural detail… Both longtime fans and newcomers will be satisfied. Another fine entry in an ambitious, long-running series.” —Kirkus Reviews on People of the Longhouse
About the Author
Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage. W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. Together they have written the North Americas Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.