Politics versus Cultural tradition!,
This review is from: Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels) (Kindle Edition)I thoroughly enjoyed this 'episode' in the life of Kate Shugak. Throughout her life Kate has tried to stay as far away as possible from local tribal politics. Unfortunately her Grandmother had earmarked Kate as her natural successor as head of the tribal committee. Other tribal elders would also like Kate to stay away from the committee too as dodgy deals and dividends paid from the government for the Alaskan gas pipeline crossing their lands are worth a huge amount of money.
When Kate finally assumes her position as the head of the tribal council she brings in various community ventures and investigates exactly what the 'underhand' tribal elders are upto.
The humour that Stabenow injects throughout the storyline stops this book becoming dry and heavy and often has me giggling out loud!
The beauty of Alaska is brought to life by the wonderfully descripive language used..i've even learned a little of the various traditional languages used throughout native Alaskan indian tribes. I can't recall any other books I have read that can bring so much to the reader.
I have read all the Kate Shugak books in the series and each one brings a new layer to add to the complex lives that each character brings to the storyline.
I would recommend reading each book in order but there is enough information and backstory to read this as a stand alone novel.
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