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Daughter of the Goddess Lands (Kalie's Journey, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Saidak
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Daughter of the Goddess Lands is the unforgettable saga of Kalie, a courageous young heroine born into the untamed beauty of prehistoric Europe.
Kalie's peaceful life is shattered when a brutal attack by horsemen from the east leave her scarred in body and soul. As the sole survivor of the assault, Kalie makes her way home, and warns her people to prepare for the invasion that she knows is coming. But the goddess-worshiping farmers of her home have no concept of battle, and dismiss Kalie's warning.
When the marauders strike again, they cut a swath of destruction and death that prove too late the truth of Kalie’s words. Then Haraak, the leader of the invaders, demands a tribute of gold, grain and women in exchange for sparing her village. Yet it is in Harak's cruel show of power that Kalie sees a chance to save her people--and gain revenge for herself.
Kalie leads a group of volunteers to infiltrate the horseman's society, and then destroy them from within. Once she is among them, Kalie uses her skill as a storyteller, and her knowledge of healing to penetrate the horsemen’s inner circle and to discover the secrets that could lead to their destruction.
But Kalie discovers that price of revenge is high, and that a quest for vengeance can become a journey of healing and redemption.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Uffington Horse Press; 1 edition (18 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of the Goddess Lands 13 Oct. 2012
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Excellent, unputdownable book! This was the first book I have read for this author and I am spellbound! Since finishing this book I have also read the sequel (Shadow of the Horsemen) and that too is of the same high standard. Highly recommended to both readers of this genre of books (prehistoric fiction) and people who enjoy an exciting read.

My only problem, which has nothing to do with the book itself, is the amount of spelling and typographical errors through out every single Kindle book I have ever read. Are these books never proof read???????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lewlew
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OK, I'm not going to go on about how entertaining and engaging Saidak's characters are, and not just Kalie...they are and you will meet them and some of them you will never forget, both from Kalie's people and the nomads. Another thing I loved about this book is that there is very little unbelievable magic... just some good doses of spiritualistic rituals that fit in with the era in which these people lived. I also stupidly put off reading it for almost a year in spite of it right under my nose on my kindle. Silly me!

But there's several things I want to mention that I don't think will give away the story that I think are important in understanding that this is a story about two cultures previously living somewhat ignorant of the other's existences, separated by great geographical distances/mountains etc until by chance, Kalie is captured by a small group of normads who had ranged south. After a long time, she manages to escape back to her people who can't believe that a tribe like these nomads could ever exist. She is physically and mentally damaged and almost catatonic, although the author does not go into what happened whilst she was captured as that is the point of the story. Her people just go into a state of denial.

I was not expecting a comparison to any of Jean Auel's books as some reviewers have mentioned. That series takes place 28,000 BP. Daughter of the Goddess Lands is set much much later in time when grain farming, animal husbandry and pottery were practiced by those who followed the Great Mother culture and lived in thriving communities and, well after 10,000BP But they also hunted some and gathered in the woodland and fields as well.Their weapons and tools are still stone. That is my favourite time in prehistory....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story! 22 Jan. 2012
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A most thought praovoking story of an amighty clash between two early civilisations. A clash between feminine good and masculine evil.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of the Godess Lands 8 Oct. 2012
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Having just re-read all seven of Jean Auel's books this did not compare well. The story line was predictable and some of the English/translation does not read well. However, I did buy and read the sequel!
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i am just thinking of purchasing this book having just read Mary Mackey's earthsong trilogy but it seems from the very long reveiw from Pauline???? that this is along the same vein so perhaps i will continue looking at other authors as an inbetween read.. Karah ???? looks a possibility for now... have also read earthchildrens series Jean Auel and loved it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 Jun. 2014
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I was expecting this to come up short compared to Jean Auel, but was pleasantly surprised. I found Auel's writing gets quite 'preachy,' especially towards the end of her series, but this is much more subtle and yet still manages to depict a well-rounded culture. I liked the way it avoided the obvious romantic cliches, and the heroine isn't one of those perfect annoying characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its okay 7 April 2014
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good outline of story, but so missed the detail that could have been incorporated into the story, An ok read but missed opportunity for the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 Feb. 2014
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This book contains scenes of sexual violence and slavery. Knowing this before I started it would most certainly have put me off reading it, but I'd have missed out, for it also contains how with strength we can overcome and that some people can't be put down. It has touching friendships and warmth.
So it has scenes to make you cry and others to make you smile. A great read.
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