March 06, 2014
People of the Raven by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
The Raven People and the North Wind People have always had an uneasy alliance. With tempers like their fiery hair, the North Wind People are accustomed to being leaders. And the Raven people are beginning to resent it. When several events fall into place to cause a cataclysmic war, it seems that few people are willing to look past revenge and actually work towards a better future for their peoples. Add in a witch that is stirring up trouble and there is no telling what side will win.
First off, the witch. What the heck is with his storyline? And maybe I just missed it but I never really figured out who he was, which bothers me. He wasn't important enough to be such a mystery. But anyways, on to the other characters. As I mentioned before they were a rehash of other characters from other books. It's formulaic actually. Evening Star was the young female leader who must sacrifice her own happiness in order to achieve peace for the people. Dzoo was the strong female Dreamer. And then there were all the men who were either good, or they weren't. None of them were standout characters.
The plot was perhaps a little different. You had the story altered by a possible explanation of the Kennewick Man which explains all the red hair in this book. But really, hair color didn't give anyone special powers, so it was just an explanation, not a plot driver. There was plenty of violence, sex, rape, and all the other normal unsavory things that this series has as well. It's definitely not a book for the squeamish. They have a certain obsession with ripping guts out anyway. I can't say that anything was overly exciting in this book. It was mostly scheming and a few light battles, but the majority was dialogue.
I could take or leave this book. I don't really feel like it was an integral part to the series at all.
People of the Raven