Fire from the Goddess and the meat and furs of the mammoth are all that the People need to live. It is a harsh life but a good one and it is one that all cherish. Young Geerna knows that the time has come for her to become a woman and take up the tasks to keep her people safe. She waits in the Awakening Place, fearful and hopeful as her ordeals come to an end. Then, on the eve of her Womanhood, a shining light descends upon her and her world is torn asunder. And she embarks on a journey that none of her people could ever envision. Eons have passed. Cycle upon cycle the Way of the People have remain unchanged: women are artists, men are hunters. Geerna's Law is the covenant by which humans live in harmony and peace.But all is about to change. A call has come for The People to choose their champions, and a summons to meet the mysterious creatures who selected Geerna so long ago. All is unknown. As the brave souls who are chosen venture forth, they will come to discover just how much that pact that Geerna made so long ago has cost them. And they will have to confront the choices that might help them to finally know true freedom.
- Hardback | 544 pages
- 139.7 x 213.36 x 48.26mm | 589.67g
- 07 Apr 2008
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"Engaging characters in a story told with the feel of a myth passed down by word of mouth."--David Drake, author of "Lord of the Isles"
About William H. Drinkard
William H. Drinkard, an Alabama native, is a life long SF addict and novice SF writer. His main interest is SF novels with realistic alien cultures. He collects old books and first editions (non-SF, mostly 18th & 19th century works); he also collects Pre-Colombian Art and Middle-Eastern artifacts. He is the outgoing Chairman of the Alabama Historical Commission, which has charge of the State Capitol plus many of the state's historical sites. In his multifaceted life, he has been the VP of an advertising agency, a politician, hospital administrator, and real estate developer. He now operates a consulting business. Drinkard earned a BS at Auburn University and a MBA at Jacksonville State University. "Elom" is his first novel.