I received a disappearing copy of Mother Earth, Father Sky from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
About the Book:
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Open Road Media
A young woman fights for survival amid the brutality of the last Ice Age
It’s 7056 BC, a time before history. On the first day that Chagak’s womanhood is acknowledged within her Aleut tribe, she unexpectedly finds herself betrothed to Seal Stalker, the most promising young hunter in the village. A bright future lies ahead of Chagak—but in one violent moment, she loses her entire way of life. Left with her infant brother, Pup, and only a birdskin parka for warmth, Chagak sets out across the icy waters on a quest for survival and revenge.
Mother Earth Father Sky is the first book of the Ivory Carver Trilogy, which also includes My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind.
About the Author:
Sue Harrison grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and graduated summa cum laude from Lake Superior State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature. At age twenty-seven, inspired by the cold Upper Michigan forest that surrounded her home, and the outdoor survival skills she had learned from her father and her husband, Harrison began researching the people who understood best how to live in a harsh environment: the North American native peoples. She studied six Native American languages and completed extensive research on culture, geography, archaeology, and anthropology during the nine years she spent writing her first novel, Mother Earth Father Sky, the extraordinary story of a woman’s struggle for survival in the last Ice Age. A national and international bestseller, and selected by the American Library Association as one of the Best Books for Young Adults in 1991, Mother Earth Father Sky is the first novel in Harrison’s critically acclaimed Ivory Carver Trilogy, which includes My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind. She is also the author of Song of the River, Cry of the Wind, and Call Down the Stars, which comprise the Storyteller Trilogy, also set in prehistoric North America. Her novels have been translated into thirteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. Harrison lives with her family in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula.
For more information please visit Sue Harrison’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
You can see the Sue Harrison Tour Schedule HERE
The Ivory Carver Trilogy:
You can purchase Mother Earth Father Sky on Amazon.com
You can purchase My Sister the Moon on Amazon.com
You can purchase Brother Wind on Amazon.com
The Storyteller Trilogy:
You can purchase Song of the River on Amazon.com
You can purchase Cry of the Wind on Amazon.com
You can purchase Call Down the Stars on Amazon.com
Please return on 8/23/13 for my review of another of Ms. Harrison’s books, Song of the River.
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.