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People of the Silence [Library Binding]

Kathleen O'Neal Gear , W. Michael Gear
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September 1997 1417636386 978-1417636389
At its pinnacle in A.D. 1150 the Anasazi empire of the Southwest would see no equal in North America for almost eight hundred years. Yet even at this cultural zenith, the Anasazi held the seeds of their own destruction deep within themselves....

On his deathbed, the Great Sun Chief learns a secret, a shame so vile to him that even at the brink of eternity he cannot let it pass: In a village far to the north is a fifteen-summers-old girl who must be found. Though he knows neither her name nor her face, the Great Sun decrees that the girl must at all costs be killed.

Fleeing for her life as her village lies in ruins, young Cornsilk is befriended by Poor Singer, a curious youth seeking to touch the soul of the Katchinas. Together, they undertake the perilous task of staying alive long enough to discover her true identity. But time is running out for them all--a desperate killer stalks them, one who is willing to destroy the entire Anasazi world to get to her.
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In this vigorous eighth entry (after People of the Lightning) in their First North Americans series, the Gears present both an exciting tale about the age-old quest for power and a fictionalized solution to the riddle of the sudden dissolution of Anasazi culture at its peak, nearly 1000 years ago. Set in the ancient Anasazi lands of what is now northwestern New Mexico during the 11th century, the story begins dramatically, with the ritual sacrifice of a pregnant slave by the high priest Sternlight. The narrative then leaps ahead 16 years to the annihilation of a village ordered by the dying Great Sun Chief of the Anasazi in order to thwart a prophecy that a stolen child will one day return and conquer the Straight Path people. All in the village are killed except Cornsilk, a maiden of 16 "summers" whose life becomes entwined with that of Poor Singer, apprentice to the great mystic Dune. The mystery shrouding their lives?and their births?is revealed in an exciting, skillfully crafted and fast-paced story that also serves as an engrossing look at ancient culture. Often, the simple focus on what these people ate, what they wore and how they worshipped proves just as interesting as the intricate plot. The dialogue sounds strangely modern at times, but this minor flaw is far outweighed by the passion and rich detail the authors lavish on this fine addition to their fascinating series. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Another tale of life in ancient North Americaa from a best-selling team.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a witch among them? Oct. 9 2000
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The Anasazi empire flourished in the southwest, and was at its height in 1150 A.D. They lived in great cities surrounded by walls. In this story, a clan leaders wife is accused of adultery. It is a crime punishable by death, and her own son, who's mind has been twisted, becomes the judge of her behavior. It is suggested that the union produced a child. But where is this child today? Dead? Living in another village? And who has been killing people and sprinkling corpse powder over the bodies? Is there a witch in the village? When the dust settles, who will be left to lead the Anasazi people?
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I absolutely love this series! The stories are compiled with archaeological data and Native American creation stories. Each story is carefully woven with details of the villages and lifestyles, their spirtuality, and with the authors imagination, a powerful saga of what could have brought the destruction to the Anazasi. The story of Poor Singer, learning to be a spiritual singer, and Cornsilk, searching for the indentity of her real parents after her village is destroy, and their joining up on a quest to a village that may destroy one or both of them is just too fascinating to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best So Far of a Great Series March 14 2000
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I agree that this is an amazing book. It is the best of the series, I think. I've read them all except the last two, so we'll see what those are like. Anyway, it's a lot like the other first people books - competition for power and competition to maintain survival of a certain kind of people and their way of life. But this is more poignant because we know that this Pueblo civilization vanished with hardly a trace. They were a great and sophisticated nation but that didn't slow down their extinction. The book is a page-turner and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in-depth look at the spirituality of the Anasazi Sept. 16 1999
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This is a grand tale of the pueblo people of the Four Corners (my own country) a millenium ago, propelled by passion, lust for power, rivalry between peoples, and closely held secrets. It bristles with surprising and delightful historical detail, and gives us a meticulous picture of how these people lived. What made it most powerful for me, and unusual, is its portrait of the spirituality of the Anasazi, which defines their relationships to each other and to the universe. I was entranced to discover what it means to have the heart of a cloud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's descriptively captivating... June 9 1998
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It gives you enough information, from beginning to end, to stay interested. The places, the events, the cultures throughout each of the named clans are very luring. I've never wanted to experience any historic culture, like I feel myself in these named cultures. The suspence and tretchery accounted for in the book is enough for me to want to know more about the series of novels that are associated with the authors Kathleen and W. Michael's writing. They are very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entire series wonderfull March 24 2002
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The first book I bought from this series was People of the Mist.I really enjoyed it so I bought People of the Wolf.After reading the second book I realized the story followes through from one book to the next.I went out and got the entire series.I am now on my third time reading these books.I never get tired of them.There is history,romance,action,adventure and mystery all wrapped up in every book.Well worth the investment.Not for young readers,adult content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made up for the lapse with "Lightning" July 17 2003
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I will read anything about the American Southwest. I love it out there, and this book took me back there to Big Sky Country. This book gets back to the old style, The One, Power, Spiral, Singers, Wolfdreamer...and a very, very, clever way to tie this story to some events in "River".
Oh yeah, along the way there is a twisting plot about a killer, a madman ruler and a mystery about who's child is that of a ruler.
Great read!
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