People of the Thunder

People of the Thunder By AD the Sky Hand people had crushed and enslaved the Albaamaha people and built their high walled capital Split Sky City to dominate towns up and down the Black Warrior River But a violent w

  • Title: People of the Thunder
  • Author: W. Michael Gear Kathleen O'Neal Gear
  • ISBN: 9780765314390
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By 1300 AD, the Sky Hand people had crushed and enslaved the Albaamaha people and built their high walled capital, Split Sky City, to dominate towns up and down the Black Warrior River But a violent wind is brewing that may topple the city s mighty walls Great armies are on the march, and a cunning new leader, Smoke Shield, has risen He will lead the Sky Hand people eitBy 1300 AD, the Sky Hand people had crushed and enslaved the Albaamaha people and built their high walled capital, Split Sky City, to dominate towns up and down the Black Warrior River But a violent wind is brewing that may topple the city s mighty walls Great armies are on the march, and a cunning new leader, Smoke Shield, has risen He will lead the Sky Hand people either to stunning triumph or to bloody doom Old White, Trader, and the mystical Two Petals are journeying across the Choctaw lands straight into the chaos Old White, the Seeker, must play a delicate game of espionage For Trader the slightest indiscretion let alone the temptation of forbidden love could lead to disaster Two Petals, the Contrary, faces the toughest choice of all She must betray herself and her friends to Smoke Shield or live forever in the backward grip of madness And Spirit Power has laid a far deadlier trap for them in the rainbow colors just beneath the rolling surface of the Black Warrior River A novel of desperate political intrigue and spiritual power, People of the Thunder once again demonstrates the Gears mastery of American prehistory Explore the ancestral heritage of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Yuchi peoples as the majesty and genius of the vanished Mississippian mound builders civilization comes to life.

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    • Amy says:

      A wonderfully "power"ful read. Although I thought this second book could probably have been shorter, I enjoyed the look at early Americans. The Gears have perfected their formula of good characters, magic, power and mystery. They always leave me breathless and anxious to learn more about the peoples they discuss. I always learn a great deal about native cultures and I suddenly want to visit Moundville desperately.

    • Melissa says:

      So, this is the one book in the series that I can't say can be read as a stand-alone. Although, only The People of the Weeping Eye needs to be read before it. So as the sixteenth book in a series, that's not too bad if you want to pick and choose what you read. And while I don't think this one had quite the shine to it that The People of the Weeping Eye did, it was still pretty good.We are midway through the story of Trader, Seeker and the Contrary (and a whole slew of other characters). Having [...]

    • Theresa says:

      The interesting, complicated conclusion to the People of the Weeping Eye saga and the North America’s Forgotten Past series. It's been a long, hard journey reading this series but well worth it. The Sky Hand people have enslaved the Albamaha people and now Smoke Shield wants to take over the rest of the tribes. Old White, Trader and the contrary, Two Pedals have been following ‘power’ as the travel down the river and across lands toward their destiny. And the various plot threads come toge [...]

    • Dana (aNovelAllure) says:

      People of the Thunder is a masterfully written piece of Native American fiction. The attention to detail is breathtaking -- filled with historical background which the author backs with references. The scene is set around 1300 A.D. The plot depicts the rivalry between neighboring tribes. The tapestry of this story is interwoven with threads of both deception and cunning as well as love and loyalty, while Power shifts back and forth in an effort to seek balance. There are some scenes of violence [...]

    • Sarifina85 says:

      Another great addition to the Forgotten North American series. This one was a great conclusion to the tale began in People of the Weeping Eye. I love how Gears weave their stories so well and how Power always comes together in the end. Trader and all the women climbing into his bed in this story was quite humorous too. Was there hardly a woman who didn't? Two Petals the Contrary was humorous too. I loved the Contrary in People of the Lakes, and while Two Petals wasn't nearly as humorous as he wa [...]

    • Brandi says:

      I love the works of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. A few years back, I found a copy of "People of the Wolf" at a local library and since then, I have been a fan. I recently won a copy of "People of the Thunder: Book Two of the Moundville Duology (North America's Forgotten Past #16)" from which is really cool, even if it has been a while since I read "Weeping Eye". It didn't take me long to remember the characters after reading the first couple chapters.I love how the Gears blend arch [...]

    • Gail says:

      I enjoyed the plot with the many twist and turns. The only drawback I found in this book was when ending come it didn't do enough to pull all the points that the author worked so hard to establish to a full and complete conclusion. The authors went to such a long way to establish the points that when the conclusion came it was too short and didn’t completely fulfill the anticipated ending for a second book. It was good second books that pull the charters from the first book "People of the Thun [...]

    • Kitty Sutton says:

      The Gears are the best at what they do, which is writing about pre-history based on archeology, creating a plausible fictional story to help us to understand the facts and thus preserve our own Native American history. Kathleen and Michael have been my lamplight in becoming a Native American historical fiction writer. They alone are responsible for peeking my interest in our dim past and have provided a window to that time and place of which they write. If you desire to see the past of our unkno [...]

    • Amos says:

      I liked it. I did read the Weeping Eye first. Not sure if these books changed my opinions at all but they were good novels about well portrayed, believable, likeable People, and Like our European old world ancestors the pre European (indians) had thier faults (per our current viewpoints) Just as some people now put down Washington and Jefferson because they don't (in all instances of thier known history) meet our current perseptions of "good people". the archalogical reference bibliography is im [...]

    • Carolina Montague says:

      I got this is book in hard cover after reading People of the Weeping Eye. Dang. How do they do it? Each book pretty much grabs me by the throat.This story is of a woman enslaved on her wedding day, a Contrary, a Trader, and the threads of betrayal and redemption that bring them all together. The tale is set against the background of the ancestors of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Yuchi tribes in the territories of the mound builders. So much detail is carefully woven into the fabric of the st [...]

    • Matt D says:

      As always, the Gears write a magical novel of North America's past before the coming of the Europeans. People of the Thunder takes up where People of the Weeping Eye leaves off. There are a multitude of individual story lines when the book starts, but the Gears have an amazing way of weaving them together by the end so that everything wraps up perfectly, as it should be. I don't think I've ever read novels by any other authors that have such life-like characters.

    • Russ says:

      This was a typical Gear "People of the" book- and that's a good thing. They combine great storytelling with interesting looks at various Native American cultures from before European contact. I enjoy them all immensely and this was no different. The only thing different about this book is that it was a sequel to People of the Weeping Eye, the first two-book set in the series. So readers should check that one out first.

    • Bruce says:

      As always with the gears, a well written tale that stays faithful to a good telling and an uplifting moral. Makes one appreciate the strengths, weaknesses, and stupidity of modern society as well as those of history. In terms of its importance as a story of pre-historical Alabama, surpasses Gone With The Wind. As anthropology fiction definitely deserves a Hugo.

    • Tonia says:

      AgainI really liked this book but felt like the first three or four chapters were wasted just re-introducing characters in case the reader didn't read People if the weeping eye. This might have gotten 5 stars if the two books had been published as one, but as it is I felt like the story got lost in all the re-explanations.

    • Farhana Faruq says:

      They suggest reading "People of Weeping Eye" before "People of the Thunder" since it is one story split in two. If it's possible to read it in that order it may be more interesting however, I don't think it's completely necessary - everything is very easy to follow.I enjoyed the story - the ending in particular.Love the writing style! as with the rest of the 'Peoples' series.

    • Theresa says:

      learning the place of the people and powers with in a young girl is faced with a difficult choicethe right ending to an epic story of how power fluctuates from bad to good forces of nature and spiritual powers. i like the information and description of life and beliefs that flows through the books.

    • Susan says:

      This was the 2nd book of a 2 parter. I really enjoyed it. the characters are well drawn and I love how all the subplots and twists and turns are neatly brought together and tied up. I lways enjoy their books as they really give me insight to another time and culture and sometimes it is really amazing to see that ancient peoples really aren't so different from us today.

    • Trina Knittle says:

      win. Will read and review once received.This was a well written book. I really enjoyed it. I loved how the author reintroduced the characters in the beginning of the book since I didn't read the first book. It was a fast read and easy to get through.

    • Peter says:

      Fantasy in history, the story is too way off.Politics and good marketing strategy in trading. The ending is lousy. All worth the while-to read-if you travel 550km in a car. Not recommended for bed time reading.

    • Leona says:

      This, the sequel to People of the Weeping Eye, was also good, although not as good as the first book. The ending seemed to wrap together too neatly, although that can be a problem with any book involving mysticism and magic. I still really enjoyed it, though, and recommend it.

    • Dennis Gerwing says:

      The conclusion (not a sequel I don't think) to the People of the Weeping Eye. Although this book begins with a brief review of the previous book, many of the characters and subplots would be less understandable without the knowledge of the earlier book.

    • Denice says:

      Once again the Gears have told a masterful tale of ancient America. They skillfully weave mystery with archaeology and a wealth of information on the customs and lives of the peoples in their stories.

    • Alyssa says:

      I cried twice.

    • Julie says:

      Great characters. Very satisfying ending. I do enjoy these books by the Gears.

    • Sue says:

      Wonderful book. Intriguing, entertaining and thought-provoking.

    • Pat K says:

      so far so good. really good book

    • Marci says:

      i really like this book and the entire series is really good

    • Jilll says:

      I had a terrible time getting "into" this bookey threw a lot of names at the reader. But I'm stubborn and kept with it. I did end up liking it and was glad I finished it.

    • Mary says:

      Either their books aren't as good as they used to be or My tastes have changed.

    • Nance says:

      Sequel to People of the Weeping Eye

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