April 13, 2014

People of the Nightland by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear

This book took me forever to get through.  It was just so hard to get into.  And although by the end I found it easier to read, the initial struggle was a bit much to get over.  Seeing as how this is the fourteenth book in the series, I've already done my share of trudging through books this year (although this can be read as a stand-alone). 

Where before Ti-Bish was an outcast, now he is a Guide.  Raven Hunter, the Nightland people's God has given him a vision.  He is to lead the people back through the ice to a place of paradise.  But that will come at a price.  Mainly the destruction of the Sunpath people to the South who worship Wolfdreamer, the other brother who came through the ice originally.  Stuck between these warring factions are many innocents.  And unless a small boy can Dream the way, it may be that all the peoples are destroyed.

Keresa was about the only character I actually liked in this book.  She was strong, loyal, and had to make tough choices based on her own morals.  But she was willing to do all that and showed a lot of courage.  The rest, I found their personalities too strange.  They'd be one person on one page and a completely different person the next.  And there were a lot of characters to keep track of.  Also, just once, I'd like the antagonist to be a woman.  It seems like it is always an older man who is screwing things up for everyone.  Seems a bit unfair.

In every one of these books there is a struggle between tribes.  It seems that peace is just never something that will be achieved.  However, after this many books, it seems like they could branch out in the plots some.  The mystical was actually a little more interesting in this book though.  I liked that it was more philosophy than magic.  It actually made it easier to read than it normally is because you could follow it rather than wonder why so many spirits were doing random things to the people.  It should be warned that there is sex, violence, murder, rape, and so many other hard topics.  But again, that's all of these books, if you've read any of the others, you know this already.

I just can't really say I liked this book.  It was ok, but pretty average overall and repetitive after reading all of the other books.  Luckily, I've only got a few more books in the series to go.

People of the Nightland
Copyright 2007
477 pages

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