From the New York Times bestselling author of the Mars trilogy and 2312 comes a powerful, thrilling and heart-breaking story of one young man's journey into adulthood -- and an awe-inspiring vision of how we lived thirty thousand years ago.
There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories -- to teach those who would follow in his footsteps.
There is Heather, the healer who, in many ways, holds the clan together.
There is Elga, an outsider and the bringer of change.
And then there is Loon, the next shaman, who is determined to find his own path. But in a world so treacherous, that journey is never simple -- and where it may lead is never certain.
Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I hated the first half of this book. Slowly introduced characters dispersed with a lot of detail about Stone Age life made this story plod along. Once I finished the book, I saw the intent of the analogy but it was hard to stay with the story to get to that point. The details are kind of cool but I wish they were better dispersed through the plot.
The lovely passages about women, and how men should treat women, kept me going through the first half of the book. I wish these ideas (for example: the notion that all women are beautiful, not for being perfect but for being flawed) expressed in these passages were more common in our society.
Then, somewhere in the middle of the book, the plot appears and I'm sucked into the story. I don't want to give away spoilers but the second half of the book was easier to read. I finished it in one sitting, after taking a week to get through the first half of the book.
If you would like visuals of the cave paintings that are mentioned in the book, then look up Chauvet Cave and use the photographs as illustrations. The author used these cave paintings for inspiration.
I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for a review.
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