I received a disappearing copy of Mother Earth, Father Sky from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
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Mother Earth Father Sky takes place in a time long ago but as you read it you wonder if people have changed all that much. It is centered in the area around the Aleutian Islands and involves a series of tribes living mostly in peace as they hunt seals, otters, and whales to survive and trade. The novel centers around a young woman, Chagak who was off gathering grasses and enjoying a peaceful, beautiful day when horror comes to her tribe. The balance of the story is how Chagak deals with the changes to her life and faces the new life she is forced to create for herself as she moves forward.
I have to say that I had a hard time putting this book down. It wasn’t overly complex or written with a convoluted, suspense type plot. It was more the characters that drew me in and made me not want to leave their world. Chagak was strong; she had been deeply hurt by more than one incident and yet she kept striving forward. The Ivory Carver, whom she meets as she tries to escape the horror wrought upon her village was a fascinating man with much to share and he was a perfect balance to Chagak’s force.
The research Ms. Harrison did was evident in the story and not in a lecturing way; more in the easy and smooth way that the information was woven into the details of the day to day lives of the people living at the time. I found myself more than once lost in time, thoroughly enjoying my visit to prehistoric “Alaska.” I would love to go back and continue Chagak’s story. It’s a story that certainly enthralled me and I’m sure the two other books in the trilogy would be just as fascinating.
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Disclosure: I received a disappearing copy of Mother Earth Father Sky from Netgalley for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post – other than the honor of reading the book.