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The Reindeer People Paperback – 21 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (21 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007114222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007114221
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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’
Locus
‘Fascinating, absorbing and well written’
Fantasy Review

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Living on the outskirts of the tribe Tillu is happy spending her time tending her strange, slow dreamy child Kerlew and communing with the land to heal the sick and bring blessing on new births.

However Carp, the Shaman, an ugly wizened old man whose magic smells foul to Tillu, desires both mother and child. Tillu knows that Carp's magic will steal her son and her soul. So begins a harrowing and desperate pursuit across the winter-ravaged lands, as Tillu's fight leads them into an uncertain, and deadly, new future.

From the author of the hugely successful 'Assassin' and 'Liveship Traders' trilogies comes this mesmerising two-part story of shaman magic set in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric land. The tale will reach its powerful conclusion in 'Wolf's Brother'.

"Lindholm has created a refreshingly different magic"
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"Fascinating, absorbing and well written"
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 2001
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"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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Lore on 9 Mar. 2007
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "puggyr" on 31 Jan. 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. A. Harmsworth on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elaine v l cowans on 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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By Louise on 7 Jan. 2009
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Having already read the Farseer and Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb I was suprised to see such a different style of novel from this author. The Farseer and Liveship Traders are series on a far grander scale, whilst this novel is on a far more local and intimate scale. The main characters are interesting and whilst they are not developed to the same degree as in the other books they still make for an interesting and entertaining novel. The setting is unusual and I did enjoy the tensions stemming from Kerlew whose charcter remains relatively mysterious to the reader by the end of this book. A lighter touch from an excellent writer - I look forward to reading the next book.
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