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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.
Feather Floating On Water is befriend by a wolf named White Paws who in his own way shows Feather who he can become. White Paws comforts him when the boy's dreams tell him of a terrible plight, of tribes decimated and destroyed, and how the boy must guide them into new lands. But can a boy's dream be taken seriously by the elders? And who is the lost tribe who comes in search of a Shining Light? Feather Floating of Water must grow up fast, must seek his Guiding Spirits and welcome their advice and gifts they offer. He must convince his people that danger is nearing and all will be lost if they stay behind.
This is not a story of war and action. Humor, Spirituality, and stories lead you through a book that has a surprise ending. This is a story of a boy who becomes a man before he is done being a boy, who must be one with the Earth and the seasons, the past and the future, to become a leader of his people. The lovely language, the setting, the strange customs and names of the Fish People blend into one vision of a past long gone.
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.
Circles is an example of life, and holds its own lessons within it's pages. It reminded me of lessons that we all tend to neglect in this, our modern age.
I don't want to reveal too much in this review, but you will not be disappointed. Overall Circles was a wonderful read for these long winter months, and I highly recommend it. Life is truly a circle, and this is but one of the teachings that this book holds.
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