She Who Remembers is the first book in the Kwani series by Linda Lay Shuler. A prehistoric fiction, it is compared to the Clan of the Cave Bear series quite often. And while I see some similarities, I don't think it's quite as engaging as that series.
is of the Pueblo, Anasazi actually. But because of her startling blue
eyes she is accused of being a witch and driven from her home. It is
during her wandering that she stumbles into the path of Kokopelli, a
proud and mysticized trader that decides she is perfect for his mate.
But Kwani may be meant for more, and will her love for Kokopelli hold
I can't say that any of the characters in this book are
really likable. They're all quite selfish actually. And Kwani I
didn't quite understand. She's born an Anasazi, yet when she goes to
another tribe they have to explain customs to her that are shared across
the tribes. It seems like she should have known them all already. I
can understand when she goes to tribes that are not Anasazi and having
to learn the customs, but that wasn't the case all the time. Kokopelli
was a jerk and definitely not how I had envisioned such a popular
figure. In fact, I think men were done a real disservice in this book
because most of them didn't have anything good about them and were seen
as controlling. While I recognize that men play a stronger role in some
cultures, it just painted too broad a brush on their personalities.
as much as I complain about the characters in this book I do have to
say that the plot was well done. It was engaging, hard to put down and
really researched quite well for being fiction. I learned things about
the Southwestern region that I didn't know before. And the journey was
lifelike and exciting. So much of what Kwani had to endure was probably
true to the times and realistic. There was a lot of sex, and some of
it was quite graphically written (and there is rape as well) so anyone
who doesn't like these topics in a book should probably steer clear.
There is also some violence.
I'm definitely looking forward to
reading the next book and hope that the character development is a bit
better. Or that there's at least a likable one. The series has such a
great premise that it could be something truly terrific with those
She Who Remembers