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The Reindeer People

The Reindeer People [Kindle Edition]

Megan Lindholm
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Praise for Megan Lindholm:
‘A bright new talent in the fantasy field’
Charles de Lint
‘Lindholm has created a refreshingly different magic’
‘Fascinating, absorbing and well written’
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A voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.

The Reindeer People is the first in a series of reissues of Megan Lindholm’s (Robin Hobb) classic backlist titles. It is set in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric North America, and tells the story of a tribe of nomads and hunters as they try to survive, battling against enemy tribes, marauding packs of wolves and the very land itself.

Living on the outskirts of the tribe Tillu was happy spending her time tending her strange, slow dreamy child Kerlew and comunning with the spirits to heal the sick and bring blessing on new births.
However Carp, the Shaman, an ugly wizened old man whose magic smelled foul to Tillu desired both mother and child. Tillu knew Carp’s magic would steal her son and her soul. Death waited in the snows of the Tundra, but Tillu knew which she would prefer…

Gritty and realistic, it’s reminiscent of Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear but written in the compelling style of the author who produced the bestselling Assassin’s Apprentice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007425449
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JE1K7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well written stop gap for the Robin Hobb fan. 21 Jun 2001
By A Customer
"The Reindeer people" is the first part in a two part series by Megan Lindholm or Robin Hobb who is responsible for the Farseer and liveship trader series respectively. For those people who enjoyed those series of books could certainly do a lot worse than pick up this book. The book certainly isn't up to the standards of her most recent works and though I wouldn't recommend it to a first time reader of the authors work,it does have a fairly engaging story. Although the book lacks the depth of character which is a trademark of Lindholms/hobbs'writing, Her narractive style is still evident, even if it is in a somewhat watered down form.
The story itself centres on a young mother Tillu and her dull witted son Kerlew, it takes a little while to get going and is certainly less grand in scale compared to her later works. the story seems to suffer slightly from a lack of pace generally. I was left to feel that the story has been stretched to make two volumes and all the action and confrontation that she sets up will come in the next installement.
However the world she creates is convincing and enjoyable. Kerlew Tillu's dull witted son is an interesting character and I am eager to see if he becomes a force for the good or show's a darker side in the next book in the series "Wolf's brother" All in all I think that this book is worth a read; especially if you are waiting for Robin Hobb's next installement. It's not a classic but it's enough to keep the Hobb fans distracted until her next book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Having got into Megan Lindholm after reading her books as Robin Hobb I was slightly dissapointed by this book as it is quite different. The book itself isn't dissapointing, I was just expecting more of the same epic stories, that were the Farseer, and Liveship Trader trilogies. It has has an involving and interesting plot, and I suppose is a more basic sort of fantasy than the high fantasy of the Robin Hobb books. On the whole I liked this book, but in its own right, rather than as more of the same Robin Hobb stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't say that this opening novel in a two-part sequence by Megan Lindholm is quite as gripping as the first book in her `Ki and Vandien' quartet, but as ever- the opening chapter immediately captivates the reader from the very first page with its exploration of a fascinating people and their uniquely foreign land. Undoubtedly though this book is the better fashioned & researched story in comparison to any of the other books in that particular series by Lindholm. As a stand-alone adventure yarn `The Reindeer People' certainly succeeds, but in its cultural descriptions it's by far and away the best of anything by Lindholm I've yet read.

The wealth of detail and the breadth of knowledge evident in this story attributable to the research that clearly goes into all of this author's works actually surpasses itself in this enchanting story. From techniques in healing to the maintenance of livestock, from the preparation of game ready to be consumed to the meticulously observed changes in the seasons- all the little descriptions that imbue each daily chore and everyday event with such exuberance truly do bring this story to life in your hands.

For this book Lindholm writes largely from two character perspectives- that of Tillu and that of Heckram. Tillu is a healer by trade who flees from her life with a nomadic tribe in search of a people more accepting of her unconventional young son Kerlew. Heckram is a young man struggling with his responsibilities as the head of a household and as a potential husband who lives with the people of the title, a people who have seen much more prosperous days. Over the course of the story these two characters are drawn closer to each other in spite of, or perhaps because of the tragic and tumultuous events that befall them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 Aug 2013
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Great service on delivery and condition, highly recommend, The book is great reading , a really interesting story and also read the follow up 'Wolf's brother' which brought the story to it's conclusion. The author also writes under 'Robin Hobb' all her stories pull you in to the extent that youfeel as if you are actually there . Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megan Lindholm Book 1 of duo 14 Nov 2011
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This was the first Megan Lindholm book I've read and I was very impressed! The life of Tillu and her son, Kerlew, was very difficult, although she was a healer. She was abducted as a child and had a terrible time trying to get her life together, raising her 'peculiar' son on her own, fighting off unwanted overtures from men in the tribes. To excape Carp, a not very nice shaman, she decided to take her son and travel on her own. She must have been desperate at times, it was during winter and she had to hunt ton feed herself and Kerlew, who wasn't much help, due to his strangeness. It wasn't easy by any means, but the reading was compelling, just to find out if she was successful in making a life of her own without the help of others. Read and enjoy, I did.!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised 5 Jun 2014
By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book I don't know why I was surprised as I have always enjoyed Robins work and this didn't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh to be there! 17 April 2014
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If only life were as simple as this. Where did we go wrong? On with the next chapter then - enthralling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit odd to say the least...
I found this book mostly unnerving.with a boy I struggled to have feelings for, he was very brilliantly written yet set it back. Read more
Published 4 months ago by reader jade
5.0 out of 5 stars the reindeer people
if you liked jean auel and the earth children you will love this and wolfs brother.i recomend it to any fan of historical fiction or fantasy
Published 5 months ago by Trevor Keenor
5.0 out of 5 stars Spell Binding
I just didn't want this book to end. It moves along with a good pace and I long for the next instalment. A brilliant read.
Published 6 months ago by Tuscan Dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
fabulous read, really draws you in, with such detail and knowledge of her subject. Would always recommend to anyone who asks.
Published 8 months ago by Julie Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Couldn't put this book down, held my attention throughout, really felt as if I knew the characters. Would recommend to any age. Great escapism.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Part one of the whole story.
It is not made clear that this is part one of the full story and it ends half way through, you have to buy Wolfs Brother to finish the story.,
Published 10 months ago by Andreina Hornby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reindeer People
Great book, If you have read any of Megan's other works you know what to expect and will not be disappointed.
Published 10 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars another hit
This gave me the taste for her writing and will read more. As above really enjoyed the sequal and will read other stories
Published 14 months ago by sue bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars Good though prefer Robin Hobb
Megan Lindholm (aka Robin Hobb) has come up with an original story though in my view it is not as imaginative as the "Robin Hobb" series of books. Read more
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