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Circles (Shining Light's Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The boy has been given the name 'Feather Floating on Water'. When we first meet him he is eight years old and lives with his grandparents, Hawk Soaring and Bright Sun Flower, and mother, Makes Baskets. They have a beautifully touching relationship and live in harmony with the world around them, giving as much as they take.
Feather is bothered by dreams however. His dreams warn of impending disaster as bearded men make their appearance in their world killing, enslaving and disturbing the harmony of the world as they go in search of gold. His grandmother, a wise woman of the tribe, helps him understand these dreams and guides him through his steps through childhood to an early manhood at age 14. The author takes pains to explain that not all of the bearded men are evil but most do not understand how to live in harmony.
Many in the tribe know Feather is a special boy and this belief is strengthened as Feather makes friends with a wild wolf and becomes a protégée of a holy woman fleeing with her group from the Europeans. Feather takes on a new name 'Shining Light' and leads his people, and other tribes, to a new land where they will be safe.
The story is strongly written and will appeal to those who believe that mankind should live in harmony with nature. If you expect savagery and blood - look elsewhere.
This is not just fantasy fiction. It is a kind of idealistic picturing of what humanity is capable of (and still is!). Otherwise, could Ruby capture it?
If you're looking for fiction that will lift your spirits and touch your soul, you've come to the right place!
Family relationships are beautifully depicted, as is tribal life with its fun and frustrations. The deep respect for nature that Native Americans harbour comes strongly to the fore in this wonderful story, where White Paws the wolf plays a large role. He is one of the companions that helps Feather fulfil his potential as a worthy spiritual leader for his tribe. The Fish People have to leave the hidden place where they have lived for many years, and it's Feather that gives them the courage to do so.
We see Feather develop from a talkative youngster - he's often told "Too many words spill out of your mouth at once" - to an intelligent, thoughtful young man now known as Shining Light. He helps his people and others deal with the threat posed by the Europeans who are entering their territory and leads them to a new land, through plenty of danger and challenges.
This book is deceptively simple. Life seems calm and safe, but there is always underlying danger, from a hidden snake to a lurking enemy. It is thoughtfully written and it makes the reader think and reflect on the moral simplicity of the Native Amercians' lives and perhaps wish that our own lives were so straightforward and based on such mutual respect.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
Individual characters stay with you after the story concludes, but it is the deeply insightful nature of these people which will linger longest after you close the book.