Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thinking About Reading...

This magnificent retelling of a Native American hero cycle brings to life an ancient people and a time of magic. Dahzi is a child of prophecy, born with magical powers but also with deadly enemies who will stop at nothing to kill him and everyone he loves.  Sunoya, a young shaman of the Galayi people, has had a powerful and frightening vision: it is of the eagle feather cape, the gift of the Thunderbird that is worn by the seer of the people to see the future and gain the guidance of the gods. The cape is torn and bloody, and it will no longer bring visions to the seer. But Sunoya's vision also tells her of the cure: a child will be born to the Galayi, a hero who will restore the cape and return the goodwill of the gods to the people. Sunoya takes her vision to the seer, an old woman named Tsola who has been Sunoya's teacher, and learns that it is true: the cape is in ruins, and Tsola's visions are dark. The Galayi are cut off from their gods.  Dahzi may be that hero, if he can survive the hatred of his grandfather. He was born after his mother's death, as she fled from her father's anger. But Dahzi carries the hope of all of his people, along with the power to become a great chief. He will be tested by his family, by his people, and by the gods.

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