Wednesday, January 15, 2014

G237 E-Reading Book Review of Woman of the Mists by Lynn Sholes

Name of Book: Woman of the Mists

Author: Lynn Sholes

ISBN/ASIN: B00GG1CQ2M

Publisher: Stone Creek Books

Part of a Series: The Edge of the New World

Type of book: Native American culture, supernatural, 2000 years ago, love triangle, letting someone go, Florida area

Year it was published: 1994

Summary:

Long before the arrival of Columbus to the new world, a magnificent and brave people flourished in a verdant tropical land. Their culture, steeped in spiritual life and tradition, provided them sacred wisdom and strength that survived generations.

In this land of abundance, a young a woman, Teeka, surrendered her heart to the shaman’s son, Auro. But when a raiding rival tribe invaded their peaceful village and she was stolen away by their leader, her life changed forever.

Characters:

The main characters would be Teeka, Auro and Kaho to an extent. Teeka is resourceful, dedicated and she seems to be taking steps towards a path where there's no going back. She is also good with potions and poultices as well as healing and all she desires is to get back to her old life at any cost. Auro is extremely dedicated to Teeka, to the point of foolishness in my opinion and he also comes from a royal lineage of shamans. He is willing to do anything to get his love back. I have mixed feelings about Kaho and I don't think I liked him that much, although he slightly changed. I would guess that there should have been more believable scenes between Kaho and Teeka, and Kaho seems to have changed a little too quickly for my liking.

Theme:

If you love someone set them free

Plot:

Its written in third person narrative from Teeka's point of view, although other characters do get a voice sometimes as well such as Auro, then Khaho and the elders of Teeka's tribe. What I often admire about the prehistorical novels are the slight supernatural elements where I can't decide if they were real or if there was a scientific explanation to them, which this book had in abundance, and I also liked the story and the plot, as well as learning fascinating tidbits about a culture that's long lost to us. I did find a few things confusing in the book such as the growing relationship between Teeka and Kaho, and no matter what I couldn't find myself in liking Kaho.

Author Information:
(from goodreads.com)

born
Miami, The United States 
gender
female

website

genre

member since
August 2008


Lynn Sholes co-authors with Joe Moore the Cotten Stone thriller series including THE GRAIL CONSPIRACY named 2005 Book-of-the-Year by ForeWord Magazine, THE LAST SECRET, THE HADES PROJECT, and THE 731 LEGACY. THE PHOENIX APOLSTLES was a departure from the Cotten Stone series. THE BLADE features a new heroine, Maxine Decker which will be followed by THE SHIELD (working title). Their books have been published in 24 languages and have appeared on international bestseller lists. 
Lynn also writes pre-history fiction all available for download.
WOMAN OF THE MISTS, TOUCHES THE STARS, KEEPER OF DREAMS, WALKS IN STARDUST, SPIRIT OF THE TURTLE WOMAN and DAUGHTER OF THE FIFTH MOON. See all the books athttp://www.sholesmoore.com/or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SholesandMoore

Opinion:

I'm a fan of prehistorical novels, especially if they take place thousands of years ago, which this book does. The writing and the characters are pretty impressive, along with the details about their lives and the plot which sort of reads like something from Linda Lay Shuler's trilogy. (I'm recalling Kwani and how a "brother" fell in love with her, but she didn't really like him like that in first book,) Yet there seemed to be something lacking and I wasn't very clear on what Teeka was planning on doing. I think I also would have liked there to be more scenes with Auro since I think the author wanted for us to have sympathy for him. But still, I found it an interesting examination of what happens when you keep something too close to your heart and never let it go. I would be interested in reading the series further and learning more about the cultures as well as how the story acts as basis for future books (Is it similar to People series by W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear?)


I would like to thank Emily for the chance and opportunity in reading the book.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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