From the Back Cover
In the days before North America was discovered, one woman is torn between love for Auro, the Shaman’s son, and a forced marriage to Kaho, the chief of an enemy band. I enjoyed reading about the intricacies of daily chores, religious rituals, and the roles of gender, class, and age. At the heart of the story is a fading romance that is replaced by a blooming romance as Teeka blends in with a new culture and learns to love the man she was forced to marry.
There are wonderful scenes that made me rejoice as well as sadden. I was fascinated by Auro’s fall, an examination of the human spirit denied true love. This book has it all – shocks, tears, hope, hatred, love, and honor. The pace of the story was perfect and I found myself thinking of the characters whenever I wasn’t reading. The characters are memorable, ever evolving, and complex. It is a gentle tale, told without little drama, but in a realistic way. A tantalizing, visual read, which I highly recommend.
Written and reviewed by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer