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Pearson Moore
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13 Jun 2011
Reviews "Myeerah...is expertly placed to interact with several historical personages and provides an engaging account of early Canadian history...Her...compelling story and character arc stand at the heart of the novel...Exquisite historical detail...Excellent novel." —J. A. Beard, Good Book Alert "I read Cartier's Ring cover to cover...—right through the night, in fact—for the simple reason that I couldn't put it down. Pearson Moore has given us lasting love, bloody war and a clash of cultures set on the high seas... and in the incomprehensibly vast wilderness of 17th century Canada...and leaves his readers dying to know what happens next...Cartier's Ring is a superbly researched, marvelously written book, and I can't wait for the sequel." —Paula Cohen, bestselling author of Gramercy Park “Myeerah is the real heroine, a young girl...who’s forced to grow up very quickly...I’m not ashamed to say that a few times I had a lump in my throat as I read. Moore has brought to life a period of history...I could almost feel...the camps and forests and ships. The battle of the characters became my battle, too. From the first page to the last, the story is gripping. A tale of love, of family, of honor and of power, it’s fitting tribute to the birth of a nation.” —Barbara Elsborg, bestselling author of Strangers She is healer, hunter, warrior. Her strength will inspire generations. Her courage will found a nation. Experience history as never before. See the story of North America through the eyes of the woman who lived and breathed it: Myeerah of Hawk Clan, Matriarch to a nation. About the Novel: "Only men have dreams such as this, not girls. Not the daughter of a slave." So begins an adventure that will span eight decades across two continents and dozens of historical figures. From swashbuckling pirates on the high seas to the slave traders of Mexico, to the genocidal wars of North America, Pearson Moore engages from the very first page, using a vibrant prose style that captivates the imagination, and the heart. Twelve years of intensive research went into building the rich historical background for Cartier's Ring, including dozens of trips to Québec, Montréal, Upstate New York, and Midland, Ontario. But it is the emotional depth of Myeerah's story that brings the novel to life. You will feel her pain as she is beaten and enslaved, touch her tear-streaked face as she witnesses the ritual torture and execution of her brother, share in her joy as she overcomes deprivation and starvation, and cheer when she vanquishes her enemies. Using rarely-deployed but highly effective narrative devices, Moore immerses you in a strange world that is attractive in its humanity and intriguing in its statements about our common heritage and destiny. This novel is unabashed in its proclamation of feminine strength, courage, and tenacity. It is a rich and powerful testament to the ideals that founded a nation, and the indefatigable will of the women and men who shared a common vision. Most of all, this is Pearson Moore's tribute to a country and a philosophy of life; his passion is evident on every page. Cartier's Ring is that rare creation that will change the way you think about the world, about your own country, and most of all, about what it means to be a vital contributor to family, culture, and country.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463575777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463575779
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,245,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Pearson Moore's novel is an astonishing achievement, an account of the First Contact between Europeans -- led by the Breton explorer Jacques Cartier -- and the Iroquois, exemplified by a young captive, Myeera.

Moore tells the story through multiple viewpoints, managing effortlessly to get under the skin of his many characters over a long period of time. This multifaceted approach allows us to grasp the full tragedy of a sequence of misunderstandings and acts of cruelty and barbarism on both sides, resulting from mutual incomprehension, which were to mark the next five centuries of a troubled relationship.

Reading this fascinating book, I couldn't help envisaging it as a movie. What a magnificent film it would make!

Written with insight and intelligence, this is not a novel to be skimmed, but rather to be read slowly and carefully, so that the implications can be understood, because much that seems puzzling at first will later make a great deal of sense.

A totally immersive and convincing reading experience -- highly recommended to lovers of serious historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive historical novel 27 April 2014
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Cartier's Ring is a well-observed historical novel chronicling the interactions between the Indian nations living along coastal Quebec - today's Quebec - and the European colonial powers looking to trade, conquer and eventually settle those territories. The author's extensive research into early Canadian history has to be applauded.

The story focusses on the life of Myeerah, growing up as a 'foreigner' born into a different tribe and captured in a raid early on. As the French arrive we also see these Indian civilisations through their eyes - the politics, philosophy and way of life in detail which I felt was never overwhelming. Myeerah is a fine, strong character and she serves well as the focus of the novel as we follow the course of her life through childhood, marriage, loss, relocation, torture and on to her eventual position as a Matriarch of the tribe. I'll not dwell on plot detail here because other reviewers have done so.

All of this is excellent. However what detracted for me from the emotional force of the novel was the use of multiple points of view to tell the tale. For me this made for a disjointed reading experience. While the writer handled the POV well, the passage of time was sometimes unclear and side-plots arose which distracted rather than contributed to the main plot. I found myself having to skip back to pick up threads of the story. I'd read the story in large blocks of time, if your schedule allows.

For fans of historical novels this is a highly recommended read. I particularly enjoyed the combination of adventure on the high seas and the depiction of the vast wilderness of early Canada. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a nonreciprocal review. A solid 4.5 stars for Cartier's Ring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 9 May 2012
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This is a well written story with all the required elements developed around some interesting caractors. Love_Passion_violence_historical information_exictement_sadness. Good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Read 11 Jun 2011
By Arlie Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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What a masterful story Cartier's Ring is. Mr. Moore had me feeling like I took every step with a realistic heroine who shaped Canadian history. He writes with such confidence I never once doubted the realism of this time period. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates one of the best researched and intelligently written novels they could ever hope to read regarding the people who made Canada their home long before the French arrived. You'll not easily forget them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book Alert Review: Cartier's Ring 8 May 2011
By J.A. Beard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Cartier's Ring
Author: Pearson Moore
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Cartier's Ring immerses the reader into an authentic 16th-century Native American girl's experience, while at the same time speaking to many of the important events of the early years of Canadian history.

Summary:

Young Myeerah has never been fully accepted by her tribe. Born to a different tribe, she has ended up at the center of a tense political negotiation between various Native American nations. The arrival of French explorers will set in motion a series of events that will forever change both Myeerah's life and the very future of North America.

Review:

I'm drawn to historical fiction because I want to be taken to another place, time, and another culture. To truly be drawn into the setting, however, a strong connection needs to be made with the characters in the setting. History, after all, is the summation of the events and actions of individuals.

Cartier's Ring, by centering itself around a particular character, Myeerah, excels in this regard. Though a fictional creation, she is expertly placed to interact with several historical personages and provides an engaging account of early Canadian history. This is not to say that she serves as nothing more than an easy way of relaying of historical events. Her own compelling story and character arc stand at the heart of the novel and were strong enough to make this an engaging read even if she were in a novel that otherwise was stripped of its historical elements.

Exquisite, but not overwhelming, historical detail, defines much of the story. With careful deliberation, the reader is shown the Native lifestyle, politics, and philosophy. The Native cultures are neither glamorized or demonized. Instead, the various Native American groups are depicted with depth respective of their complex, multi-faceted nature. By delving deeply into their cultures and helping us see their view point, the story allows the reader to really appreciate how meeting the Europeans was such a radical shock.

The same attention to detail also enhances the realistic action scenes. War and conflict are definitely a part of the storyline. While the author doesn't shy away from showing the horrors of conflict, he also doesn't glorify the violence or dwell in gore either.

A large number of Native words are used throughout the text from several different Native languages. In an interesting choice, the author choose to even use Native words that have commonly used English translations. Although the author does take pains to make sure everything is clear from context or indirect translation, I could see how some readers might find such aggressive linguistic purity intimidating. Overall though, I think the slight extra effort is worth it, the extra care with language enhances immersion in the setting.

Despite Myeerah being the center of the novel and getting the most attention, the author successfully employs a number of minor secondary POVs to enhance reader engagement with the setting and dramatic tension. In an interesting stylistic choice that keeps the reader centered on Myeerah's experience, Myeerah's chapters are all told from first person, but the secondary POV chapters are all told from third person.

While overall the use of multiple POVs enhanced the story, they also provided some of the few missteps in the novel. There were a couple of minor POVs that felt a bit tacked-on. In addition, some of these minor POVs also took us away from the emotional center of the story. In addition, one of the more important secondary POV characters engages in a few side-plots that were not as well-integrated into the overall flow of plot as they could have been. These issues were minor issues in an otherwise excellent novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile historical novel 27 April 2014
By Marc Secchia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Cartier's Ring is a well-observed historical novel chronicling the interactions between the Indian nations living along coastal Quebec - today's Quebec - and the European colonial powers looking to trade, conquer and eventually settle those territories. The author's extensive research into early Canadian history has to be applauded.

The story focusses on the life of Myeerah, growing up as a 'foreigner' born into a different tribe and captured in a raid early on. As the French arrive we also see these Indian civilisations through their eyes - the politics, philosophy and way of life in detail which I felt was never overwhelming. Myeerah is a fine, strong character and she serves well as the focus of the novel as we follow the course of her life through childhood, marriage, loss, relocation, torture and on to her eventual position as a Matriarch of the tribe. I'll not dwell on plot detail here because other reviewers have done so.

All of this is excellent. However what detracted for me from the emotional force of the novel was the use of multiple points of view to tell the tale. For me this made for a disjointed reading experience. While the writer handled the POV well, the passage of time was sometimes unclear and side-plots arose which distracted rather than contributed to the main plot. I found myself having to skip back to pick up threads of the story. I'd read the story in large blocks of time, if your schedule allows.

For fans of historical novels this is a highly recommended read. I particularly enjoyed the combination of adventure on the high seas and the depiction of the vast wilderness of early Canada. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a nonreciprocal review. A solid 4.5 stars for Cartier's Ring.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 8 Oct 2012
By Jenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was sad when it ended! I wish the author spent more time with their life before the French landed. Throughout the book Myeera longs for Stadocona but we never got to see how she lived there. The big jumps in time were hard to follow too. The characters were interesting and seeing the events through all their eyes made for a very good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cartier's Ring 11 July 2012
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I enjoyed reading Cartier's Ring by Pearson Moore. Not only was the story well-written and captivating, but it also taught me about tribal life in Canada in the sixteenth century and about the interactions between tribes and Europeans. At first I had difficulty with the Indian names, but after a few pages I was able to quickly associate the names with the characters. I particularly enjoyed the strong female characters, especially Myeerah, the main character, whom we follow through her life.

Pearson successfully used Indian philosophy to comment on current issues. On equality: "...because by the Law of Great Peace all men and women are equal." On personal responsibility: "every man must work for the good of his kanata, and not for selfish desire," On peace: "We will know peace only when all of us carry peace in our hearts." Pearson has many more of these "pearls" scattered throughout the book.

I found the book entertaining and recommend it.
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