Forbidden Land is the third book in the First Americans series. That means, if you haven't read the other two, you should turn back now. These are books that have to be read in order.
Having gone into
the Corridor of Storms, Torka is now the headman of a small band.
Because his ways are so different though, when his woman, Lonit, births
twins and refuses to set them aside, the band turns against them. One
child is taken out and left in the wilderness, where it is scooped up by
the Wanawut (I still haven't figured out if this is a Bigfoot or
Neanderthal), who the band considers a wind spirit. The other one they
manage to hold on to, but are drove from the band with only a few other
followers. Headed further East, they must trust in Life Giver, Torka's
totem and a real life mammoth, to show them the way to better land.
first off, it took over a hundred pages before we figured out what
happened to Zinkh, from the first book (actually I'm still not sure what
happened to him, but that's when he's finally mentioned again). There
were just new random names and no familiar ones, except for Torka's
immediate band, and it was kind of disorienting. Torka is still proud,
strong, and not always the best decision maker. Although he does do
better in this book. Lonit kind of takes a back seat for most of this
book. It seems she is resigned to raising children and not to
independent thought, which is slightly disappointing. Cheanah, was a
deplorable stupid man, and like most of Sarabande's bad guys, easy to
dislike. And then there was Karana, he just had numerous problems this
go around, and for being the wiseman, he wasn't very wise.
plot was actually ok in this one. It covered several years and didn't
rehash the events or borrow the same plotline from the first two books.
There was still violence, rape, and a multitude of other sad things,
but it wasn't as gleeful as in the first two books either. This time it
was more focused on hunting and staying alive, although Cheanah had a
particularly odious little son, and he created a lot of problems and
violence. The usual description of everything else was there though and
it made for nice steady reading. It's the kind of book you can dig
into and then want more.
Which is why I'll be headed to the next book soon. I'm eager to find out what happens to Torka and his band.