I received a disappearing copy of Song of the River from Netgalley through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Open Road Media
Two ancient tribes on the verge of making peace become foes once more when a double murder jeopardizes a storyteller’s mission
Eighty centuries ago, in the frozen land that is now Alaska, a clubfooted male child had been left to die, when a woman named K’os rescued him. Twenty years later and no longer a child, Chakliux occupies the revered role as his tribe’s storyteller. In the neighboring village of the Near River people, where Chakliux will attempt to make peace by wedding the shaman’s daughter, a double murder occurs that sends him on a harsh, enthralling journey in search of the truth about the tragic losses his people have suffered, and into the arms of a woman he was never meant to love.
Song of the River is the first book of the Storyteller Trilogy, which also includes Cry of the Wind and Call Down the Stars.
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.
This book starts in violence and then it seems to drag from there. The reader is introduced to K’os as she returns from following visitors to her village. They discover her and abuse her. She never really recovers – at least not inwardly. She returns to the scene to find a baby and she thinks he is a gift from the gods. He goes on to become her people’s storyteller.
Now in a time of suppressed violence between tribes the storyteller is going to the neighboring tribe to marry the chief’s daughter to cement peace. But his presence is the last thing that tribe wants and he is the last person to bring peace.
I didn’t love this book as much as I loved Ms. Harrison’s other book, Mother Earth Father Sky. It didn’t draw me in the same way. The characters weren’t as compelling to me. I found myself putting it down and going back to it. I do marvel at the research and attention to detail in the story and did find myself truly seeing the world Ms. Harrison created for her people.
You can see the Sue Harrison Tour Schedule HERE
You can read my review of Mother Earth Father Sky
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
Disclosure: I received a disappearing copy of Song of the River from Netgalley for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post – other than the honor of reading the book.