People of the Masks Review ☆ 109

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People of the Masks Review ☆ 109 í As the prophets have foretold a child of power has been born unto the Turtle People of the Irouois Nation The Elders call him False Face Child for he is the son of a powerful spirit A living talisman the child has inhuman eyes black mirrors ageless and deep and all fear himAll but Jumping Badger the most powerfuY to use as a spiritual weapon But his triumph is short lived The Bear People suffer terrible visions and hear the voices of the spirits Strange ailments and mysterious deaths take them one by oneThough he is a seer False Face Child is also a sad and lonely young boy named Rumbler Twelve year old Wren befriends him and together they escape across the winter landscape of New York and Ont. The Gears a husband and wife writing team who are both professional archaeologistsanthropologists have produced an extended series of these “People” books which tell stories of the pre Columbian peoples of North America ranging all over the continent as well as different points in a history that spans millennia from the arrival of the first humans on the continent to just before the age of European colonialism The books do not need to be read in order People of the Masks tells the story of Rumbler a young boy who sees his entire village massacred and is himself taken into slavery because of his supposed supernatural powers He manages to escape his captors and the rest of the book details his flight and his pursuit—both by his erstwhile captors and by distant relatives who wish to protect him Each character in typical Gear fashion is painstakingly and believably rendered making this a complex story that builds to a satisfying climax and resolution I found myself cheering for Rumbler and his friends characters I grew to loveI deeply appreciate the Gears’ “People” series While of necessity fiction each book is based on detailed academic research The settings and peoples are always realistically drawn even if the books contain a few mystical elements The entire series is a needed corrective to the Eurocentric view of history most of us were taught in the West which virtually ignores North America until the arrival of the colonists This book is a special treat in this regard as the epilogue neatly situates the story within the wider context of world events without taking away from the uniue history of its main subjects To a student of history this ending is a delightful surprise I highly recommend all the “People” books but this one may be one of my favorites

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Ario with Jumping Badger close behind He now fears the boy's power and seeks to kill him Their only hope is to stay alive long enough to find Rumbler's legendary father known only as The DisownedAn epic journey People of the Masks is another riveting volume in New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's North America's Forgotten Past series. I have not been able to put this series down since I first found it a few months ago It is written by a husband and wife who are both Archaeologists They have written a series of books called The First North Americans as well as each writing their own individual books Though the stories are mainly fictional they are supplemented by real archaeological and historical findings and facts Very intense at moments and really sad at others overall an excellent read

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People of the MasksAs the prophets have foretold a child of power has been born unto the Turtle People of the Irouois Nation The Elders call him False Face Child for he is the son of a powerful spirit A living talisman the child has inhuman eyes black mirrors ageless and deep and all fear himAll but Jumping Badger the most powerful war leader of the Bear People He destroys an entire village to take the bo. It is very easy to see the First Americans series as a bit formulaic sometimes there is nearly always an evil psychopath with ardent followers a young gentle male mystic with great power lying within him a wise old sage a sceptical tribe and a heroic young woman All you have to do is change the setting and the time of year and you have the gist of the story People of the Masks is no exception to this rule yet as always the Gears manage to make the story interesting even uite gripping at times I often find it very hard to put the books down I dislike the implication that communication with a spirit world and mighty beingsgods is and was a common event at ANY time but occasionally the Gears manage to just hint that this is actually just some interpretation of psychosis or self inflicted hardship Phew I'd hate to be suckered into some fantasy novel rather than historical fiction