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Mmph. I'm a fan of Jean Auel....but....
on April 20, 2002
This isn't near to a comparison.
Since it's easier for me to pick it apart, I'll explain what I didn't like first. ;) Lord Golden Hand is nearly impossible to like as a character, yet he is the romantic 'hero'. Several of the story concepts, such as 'Mama Root', are a bit over the top and extremely overdone. Allan practically smacks you on the head with her symbolism. The names are a tough swallow as well. 'Green Eyes Blue' is the heroine, which gets abbreviated quite often (as it is apparently too long to be palatable even to the author) and the rest of the names in the book are along the lines of Old Big Nose, Young Big Nose, Long Snake, Long Fingers, Two Belly Fist, etc. While some folks can look past that, I have a hard time with clunky sounding names. Not to mention I mixed up Long Snake and Long Fingers quite a bit. The ending is a confusing mess for the most part. I had to re-read it twice and I'm still not quite sure what happened.
But, I will give the author this. It's a very entertaining story, and the heroine is very empowered. She doesn't blindly do what others tell her to do--she has her own thoughts and ideas and plays upon them. A few of the story-lines surprised me with their cleverness, and the ending did surprise me (What I could make out of it). Allan also seems to have put in her fair amount of research in this.
But unfortunately I dont feel that it's enough to keep the story from sinking. I wouldn't read it again, nor will I pick up another book from this author.