The First North Americans is a series that is written by the husband and wife team of the Gears. I have to say that this sixth book is probably my favorite out of all the books that I've read so far. You don't really have to read them in order though, they take place in various places of history and bounce all around.
are two different parties off on an adventure in this book. The first
is a Trader, Otter, who is heartbroken and ready to be away from home,
Black Skull, a great warrior who thinks of not much other than killing,
Green Spider, a man who has been possessed by spirits, and Pearl, a
woman who has been sold into slavery by her tribe. Next is the party
of Tall Man, a dwarf who is also a magician and Star Shell and her
daughter, who are on the run because of her husband's antics. The one
focus of both these groups is a special mask that causes people to do
either very bad things or very good. And everyone who is pursuing them
To be honest, I didn't really care about Star Shell and
her group. I just couldn't connect with any of them. Tall Man, well
his motivations were convoluted and not entirely genuine. And it seems
the authors changed what they wanted to do with him midway through the
book. Otter's party is much more interesting. Black Skull grows
through the book. Pearl is a strong courageous woman who balances the
men out. And Otter, well he's a good guy and adventurous. But he wants
the best for everyone around him.
Like I said, I didn't really
care for Star Shell's part of the story. Their adventure wasn't as
engaging and I found myself wishing they'd get back to the other half of
the story when it was going on. By contrast I greatly enjoyed the
other half of the story and looked forward to finding out what was going
to happen to Otter and the crew next. They had more vicious enemies
too. This book was massively detailed. It's the biggest in the series
thus far. Despite that though, it read at a good pace. There's a lot
of violence, rape, and other hard topics though.
I'm eager to see what the next book brings. Maybe from here on out they're going to keep getting better and better.
People of the Lakes