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The Broken Land : A People of the Longhouse Novel

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A novel of North America's Forgotten Past

Twelve summers after the events of The People of the Longhouse and The Dawn Country, the Iroquois nations remain locked in bitter warfare. Atotarho, the cannibal-sorcerer who leads the People of the Hills, schemes to set into motion a cataclysmic battle that threatens to destroy the Iroquoian world. His warriors spread fear and death wherever they go, taking captives and burning villages to the ground.

Only five people are brave enough to challenge Atotarho. Odion, Wrass, Tutelo, Baji, and Zateri, kidnapped as children and sold into slavery, are now grown, and they have forged a desperate alliance that just might be strong enough to stop the madman.

Odion, now a disgraced warrior known as Dekanawida or Sky Messenger, must convince his people that his visions of a great darkness will mean total destruction for all. His friend Wrass, who has become War Chief Hiyawento, and a powerful clan matron, Jigonsaseh, are his only hope. They must find a way to bring five warring nations together.

Award-winning archaeologists and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear continue their retelling of the story of the Peacemaker, one of North America's most beautiful epics in The Broken Land. Dekanawida's message of compassion and spiritual unity is as powerful today as it was six hundred years ago--perhaps even more so.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 474 pages
  • 108 x 171 x 38mm | 227g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765365596
  • 9780765365590
  • 182,372

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"The second installment of the Gears' People of the Longhouse series is sure to keep readers turning the pages.... As usual, the Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists, have enriched and enhanced the gripping plot with plenty of anthropological, archaeological, and historical detail." --Booklist on The Dawn Country

"Rich in cultural detail... Both longtime fans and newcomers will be satisfied. Another fine entry in an ambitious, long-running series." --Kirkus Reviews on People of the Longhouse

"Set in the 1300s largely in what is now Alabama and Mississippi, this complex novel tracks three wanderers' quest to create peace in violent times. Blended with the carefully drawn suspense of court intrigues, colorful characters and sharp plot twists, this is a terrific tale." --Publishers Weekly on People of the Thunder

"The Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists turned bestselling authors, continue their superbly researched and rendered North America's Forgotten Past series. This novel is as good a place as any of its predecessors to jump in and begin enjoying the authors' talents." --Booklist on People of the Thunder

"People of the Raven, at one level, is the re-creation of a lost and forgotten civilization by two noted archaeologists. But this story of Kennewick Man also involves an important legal battle pending in the U.S. Supreme Court and is a good read for those of us intrigued by the earliest Americans." --Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author

"People of the Raven draws you into a magnificent, sweeping world--America, circa 7300 B.C.--that is so real you can almost breathe in the air of it. It tells a bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years--I guarantee it." --Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Tyrannosaur Canyon
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About W Michael Gear

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage.

W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Together they have written the North America's Forgotten Past series (People of the Morning Star, People of the Songtrail, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.
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