I absolutely love the Gear’s series of North America’s Forgotten Past and was excited to see another book out. PEOPLE OF THE CANYONS (#26 in the series) showed that the Gears still know who to entertain a reader with a great story, rich historical details, and interesting characters.
What drew my into this story was the set-up: a witch hunter/killer, an enchanted pot that imprisons the breath-heart soul of one of the most powerful witches, and murder of a priestess & her unborn child. Then we are introduced to an evil, cannibal witch and his haughty daughter, who is another type of evil in her own way.
There was so much I love about this book, the myths, magic, names of the characters, and how the People of The Canyon perceived the afterlife. There was one haunting, beautiful, and sad passage that after I finished reading it, I was still thinking about it as I fell asleep at night:
“This is a magical place. It’s called the Sleeping Place because women come here to sleep upon the graves of dead children, praying the babies’ souls will climb into their wombs and be born again.”
The Gears have an excellent way of showing how cruel people can be. Some of the things Leather Fist, the cannibal witch, did to other tribes and how he treated his slaves and underlings were jaw-dropping horrible. However, the Gears know how to deftly balance that out with characters filled with nobility and righteousness.
THE PEOPLE OF THE CANYONS is a wonderful addition to North America’s Forgotten Past series and I would highly recommend it.