Corridor of Storms is the 2nd book in the First Americans series. If you haven't read the first book, I highly suggest you go start there, otherwise you'll be a bit lost in this book.
and his band (3 women, a boy, and some children) have been living in a
sheltered valley for about three years. However, when one of the women
is having a troubled pregnancy, he knows they must leave their valley
and search out the gathering of other tribes. The boy, Karana, is not
at all happy about this excursion. He remembers the violence of other
people and when they reach the gathering, there are some there who like
Torka and some that would do anything to see him dead.
all that he is brave and bold, does not have a lick of good sense.
Constantly he is warned not to do something, only to do it anyway
thinking it is in his women's best interest. And since Lonit is
normally such a strong character, it is surprising to see her so wimpy
and simpering in this book. Karana is about the only one with sense,
and even he is a little too brash at times. Then there's the bad guys,
especially Navahk. He is pure evil. There really is no redeeming
goodness in him. Which kind of makes it too easy to dislike him and
wish the worst on him. The best bad guys have an ounce of humanity that
can confuse the reader's feelings.
And then there's the fact
that this plot is almost identical to that of the first book. Torka
living peacefully and happily in the small band but then wanting to find
other people. Torka finding other people and life goes all wrong
before he finally strikes out on his own again. You'd think he'd have
learned after several repeated mistakes. This book, like the first, is
very violent too. And there is a lot of sexual violence in this one.
So much that it even disturbed me a bit and I'm normally pretty
unflappable when it comes to reading stuff like that. The amount of
hate and anger and description can be hard to take at times. Consider
yourself warned even if you do normally have a strong constitution for
stuff like that. Aside from the violence, Sarabande is a descriptive
writer for everything else. That is the redeeming quality of this
book. He's able to bring the prehistoric world to life.
good as the first book but I'll still continue reading the series. My
hope is that it will bounce back and redeem the characters. Two and a
half stars for this one though.
Corridor of Storms