Shifting stars : a novel of the West

by Lambert, Page.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Fiction LAM
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  LAM
 
 
Summary
Skye is born into a remote world of the unsettled West - her Scottish father a loving but moody mountain man, her mother a Lakota bride taken from her Sioux family by this passionate Highlander. But the steel-springed lunge of a mountain lion tears Skye's mother from her, starting her on a destiny-filled journey. With half-Scottish feet clad in Indian moccasins, Skye walks two separate paths, not knowing whether to believe her father's bitter enemy who calls her a half-breed, or Turtle Woman, her proud Lakota grandmother. "Granddaughter, do not be ashamed. Your blood is like the Fire Without End. And the blood of your children will be like the sacred fire, for no matter how diluted the blood of your descendants becomes, the sacred fire will always burn within their soul. You, my takoja, have become the Keeper of the Flame." Born beneath a comet of shifting stars and bequeathed a warrior's legacy, Skye must learn to wield her father's broadsword. On a journey to the sacred MedicineWheel, filled with love and revenge, she learns finally that to be a woman warrior has little to do with fighting, and everything to do with spirit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Skye is the product of two proud cultures: Highlander Scots and Lakota Sioux. Her mother, Breathcatcher, was a Lakota princess when she met and married her father, Gregory McDonald, a trapper who left Scotland to escape persecution of Highlanders. When Skye was a child, Breathcatcher died. Now a young woman, she returns with her father to visit her maternal grandparents, hoping to connect with her Lakota heritage. But all is not well in the Lakota camp. Gregory's old rival for Breathcatcher, Caws Like Magpie, still nurses a bitterness that he now directs toward Skye. His ominous presence eventually separates Gregory and Skye and propels her toward a deeper understanding of her mixed heritage. This lyrical, heartfelt period novel re-creates a particular time and a place while illustrating the universality of the human experience through the ages. Wonderful reading. --Wes Lukowsky"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This vivid historical novel of 1840s Medicine Bow Indian Territory graphically depicts crosscultural stresses through several generations. Skye MacDonald is the 17-year-old daughter of Gregory, a bagpipe-playing, verse-reading highlander, and Breathcatcher, a Lakota woman. As Skye relies on her grandmother, Turtle Woman, to teach her the lessons and rituals of her native heritage, Lambert (In Search of Ancestors) attaches these colorful rites of passage to a plot that involves Gregory's lifelong rivalry with the sinister Oglala Lakota named Caws Like Magpie, who has never reconciled himself to the loss of Breathcatcher. By the end of the story, Turtle Woman must decide whether to demand a debt of blood from Caws; in the meantime, Lambert educates the reader in such Lakota traditions as tribal councils, ceremonial dances, burial practices, initiations and purifications. The mixture of Lakota words and expressions (listed in an glossary) and Scottish dialect sometimes make for heavy reading, but those looking for an historical romance infused with Indian lore and Western color will find this appealing. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Indians of North America -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Women pioneers -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Scots -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Forge,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 352 pages : map ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312863241 (acid-free paper)
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