By Olivia Roberts
One of my favorite genres right now is historical fiction. I feel like I can acquire knowledge and become familiar with history while reading about people who experienced it even if they are just fictional. That really good historical fiction puts you right in the moment. You will seem to understand the culture, you feel like you’re part of it, and before you know it, these parts of the past come alive. I’m glad to say that this is a book that does this beautifully.
It is a little complex to describe why this book would be as good as it was. First off, it’s a quite simple story, really. A young girl, Kec, wakes from a dream. Her dream tells her that her clan is at risk and that Mother Earth expects her to do something to save her people. Far away, Strong Branch, a powerful Shaman of his people, has his own dream. The Great Spirit sends him a warning about a future of feud and conflicts Strong Branch's people (Cro-Magnons) have invaded Kec's lands (Neandertals) over several thousand years. The increasing strain on limited resources threatens Kec's people. Kec and Strong Branch must play their parts for survival. The cessation of their struggle will initiate a new story and a new history for each of their people.
This book was a really well-written, well thought out tale. It has a very interesting storyline, and developed characters. It has a smooth continuous flow, drawing to a logical end. I read a lot of historical stories and I can honestly say this is one of the best. Glen Stott is a master storyteller and as a writer, is extremely talented. His writing is stunningly perfect, the story he's created here had me glued to my book. He has a wonderful way with words and such an optimistic way of telling a story. This book made it hard for me to put it down. I would recommend the series to anyone and I can’t wait to read the next books on this series! Definitely worth the read!