The Reindeer People Paperback – 21 May 2001
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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’
From the Back Cover
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"
"Fascinating, absorbing and well written"
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first in a short duology, and also the first full length novel I've read by the author under this pen name (i've read a lot of her sprites published as Robin Hobb), this tells... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim J-R
This is the first half of the Saga of the Reindeer People (before Wolf’s Brother).
Tillu is a young healer who lives with her strange son Kerlew with Benu’s nomadic... Read more
Having read all Robin Hobb's work I had to read this written under her pseudonym Megan Lindholm. I was not disappointed, whilst it does vaguely remind you of Clan of the Cave Bears... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs Yvonne O'Hara
It was readable and I did enjoy it but not in the same league as "Fitz"Published 17 months ago by Lin Wood
I love everything she writes either in this name or Robin Hobb. I am slowly working my way through her catalog. Book arrived as described and on time.Published 17 months ago by Alex
Lovely read, enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. Now where do I buy a reindeer.Published 18 months ago by Matlow19