An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression.
It's ultimately ground that Mercedes Lackey covers far more skillfully in her "Oathbreakers" and "Heralds of Valdemar" novels. I was deeply disappointed with this work and donated my copy to goodwill. I hear that Starhawk's non-fiction is much better, and I'll keep an open.
Starhawk's take on the state of the world reflects mine, and her vision of the future, unless we all reclaim and protect the elements from mankind's destruction and greed, is truly believable. The only thing that really stretched my imagination was the bee/honey thread in the story, but it was very unique, and valid in the context of what magic and a good, loving heart can achieve when a true connection to the Web of Life is present. I wish everyone would read this book!
In the San Francisco portrayed in this novel, no child goes unnurtured or uneducated, no one goes hungry, no person is without a home. It's a sad situation when we have to think of this state of affairs as "science fiction." Almost every person who falls between the cracks in our society starts out in life with a family and a community. Perhaps we can't help everyone, but if each person just did what was in front of him or her to do, there would be less suffering in the world.
The building of solid community and healthy inter-dependence is another key to this novel. We live isolated lives but, truly, we need each other. We are stronger when we are connected with others. There is a verse in the Bible that says, "A people without a vision perish.Read more ›
I *am* biased though, I'm pagan. Read more