People of the Wolf is the first book in The First North Americans series. The series numbers into the teens now, so if you're looking to start a long term reading project, this is probably a good one to go for. Although I do have to say, this first book was pretty chaotic.
Two brothers, born of rape, have very different
destinies. Runs with Light is given a dream, one that could potentially
save his people, although it involves a perilous journey under Ice into
a new world. Raven Hunter is the warrior, who is determined to save
the people and gain power by fighting their enemies. And lastly, a
woman named Fox Dancer is thrown as low as she can go and has to
determine what her own destiny will be, and if it will include one of
Fox Dancer is probably the best character in this
book. She's the only one that grows and in that growth doesn't become
completely zany. Both Raven Hunter and Runs With Light have some
serious mental issues going on. And granted one is supposed to
represent light and one is supposed to represent dark (any guesses as to
who's who?) the whole good vs. evil thing is pretty heavily done. Runs
With Light I never liked. He is a weak character and despite his
dreams, I really don't feel like he contributes that much to the story
outside of having others do his instructions. Raven Hunter is at least
interesting, aside from being a raving lunatic. I can't say I like him
but I found him a better character than Runs In Light.
was a bit mystical. You have all these dreamers running around try to
save their people. And their dreams are pretty strange and esoteric.
And everyone wants power so there's a constant struggle going on in
addition to starvation and violence. There is a journey in a sense in
the book, but I think it takes a backseat to the who concept of Dreamers
and some of the culture of these early peoples that the authors were
trying to present. I think had the journey been a little more of the
focus it would have made this into a great book.
Not a strong start but it's still an interesting beginning to the series. I'll definitely keep reading the rest of the books.
People of the Wolf