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Mother Earth Father Sky (The Ivory Carver Trilogy, 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Harrison
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Book Description

A young woman fights for survival amid the brutality of the last Ice Age

It’s 7056 BC, a time before history. On the first day that Chagak’s womanhood is acknowledged within her Aleut tribe, she unexpectedly finds herself betrothed to Seal Stalker, the most promising young hunter in the village. A bright future lies ahead of Chagak—but in one violent moment, she loses her entire way of life. Left with her infant brother, Pup, and only a birdskin parka for warmth, Chagak sets out across the icy waters on a quest for survival and revenge.
Mother Earth Father Sky is the first book of the Ivory Carver Trilogy, which also includes My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Chagak, a primitive Amerindian woman, survives the massacre of her tribe and family and later challenges gender roles by learning to be both child-bearer and hunter. According to PW , the "childlike language, slow-paced plot and unsophisticated characterizations" here are no threat to Jean Auel's novels of the prehistoric wilderness.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Harrison has gone back 9000 years in time to tell the story of Chagak, a young woman who struggles to survive when her family and village are slaughtered by the warlike Short Ones. Her only ally is a crippled recluse who offers her shelter on his island. But what can either of them do when Chagak is demanded in marriage by one of the men who killed her family? Likely to be compared to Jean Auel's "Earth's Children" books, Harrison's novel is constructed on a much smaller scale, but her depiction of early American civilizations is nevertheless convincing. Chagak is a believable and appealing heroine; readers will care what happens to her. Given the popularity of fiction set in prehistoric times, this should be in demand in public libraries. Literary Guild main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/90.
- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N. Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2125 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; 1st edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mother Earth Father Sky August 28, 2013
Prehistories are for a hard sell for me. I don't know why, but they are difficult for me to get into so when I manage to find one that holds my interest, I tend to take notice which brings me to Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison.

Like Song of the River, this piece is character heavy, but what is so remarkable is how distinct, well-rounded and realistic each cast member feels. I can't imagine what goes into painting the motivations, personality and emotional struggles of so many characters so vividly, but Harrison's effort certainly isn't wasted. In point of fact, I feel the authentic quality of her cast is what makes not just this piece, but her entire body of work so exceptional.

Speaking of relatable characters, I should probably mention my attraction to Chagak. Her path is a difficult one, but as a woman who had to overcome sexual abuse, I really admire Harrison for creating a character that doesn't allow the experience to define her life. I've seen authors attempt this story line before, but can honestly say few have pulled it off as well.

Strong characterization isn't the only aspect of Harrison's work worth mentioning. Her books are long, but they are also overflowing with cultural history. I might be going out on a limb, but I think it safe to say Harrison puts as much into her research as she does developing her plot lines and her cast. Her understanding and respect for the indigenous people of North America emanates from every page, making her work as intriguing as it is entertaining.

All told, Mother Earth Father Sky is a beautiful story of perseverance and strength amidst incredible hardship, as notable for its content as its flawless presentation.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining February 15, 2008
By Serene
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Chagrak is a young prehistoric girl whose village is massacred by evil foreigners called short ones.. She flees the village with her little brother. Later she encounters an elderly hermit and lives with him until the Short Ones arrive and make trouble. Can Chagrak fight back and reclaim her dignity?

I found Mother Earth Father Sky a gripping read from start to finish. It was difficult at times putting it down. The cover itself is nothing much... So don't let it fool you. If you like Prehistoric fiction, you'll like this one. Downsides? The beginning where the heroine's village is massacred is very cliche. Also, Chagrak is only 13, and while I know this was considered an adult back then I had difficulty envisioning her being quite that resilient. Finally, her relationship at the end seemed passionless and uninteresting. I would've liked to see some attraction between the two. There was more of a bond between her and Shuganan despite his age.

5 stars. A gripping read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, loss, self-discovery... October 14, 2003
By Rachel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison is a powerful book about a young woman who searches for a sense of belonging and ends up finding a whole new family, and, more importantly, she discovers more about her own character; through her journey, she lived through love, loss, and self-discovery. Chagak, of an Indian tribe, had just become a woman. While she was picking berries, her whole tribe was burned and killed; the only survivors were herself and her little brother Pup. After giving each one of the members of the tribe a proper ceremony of death, with her little brother, she decided to go to her grandfather's tribe to seek assistance. She ended up on an Island with a man named Shuganan. On this island, Pup died and Chagak grieved. Shuganan gave Chagak food, water, and shelter and they became friends. They shared their experiences and became very close.
A man comes to the beach and claims that he is good, but in reality, he is a killer, which is explained in his name, Man-who-kills. He impregnates Chagak with force and is very brutal toward both her and to Shuganan. The two kill him and are free from his cruelty. She gives birth to the son and he is named Samiq.
The story is then intelligently intertwined with the story of another tribe. These two tribes later meet and live amongst one another. The leader of that tribe is Kayugh and his son has not eaten healthy because his mother died and he couldn't be breastfed. Chagak agrees to feed him; she, in the end, saves his live.
Chagak, traumatized over her experience with Man-who-kills, never wants another husband for fear of being treated so harshly. Kayugh wants her as his wife. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sue Is Right Up There With Jean.... March 25, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Truthfully, I read My Sister The Moon before I read this one. I didn't even realize there was a 1st to the series. In fact, after reading this one, that one is even better. And of course everything makes even more sense. I read Jean Auel's series right before reading Sue's and I didn't expect to find an author to match the Earth's Children's Series. The story was amazing and so were the details. I was so caught up in this tale that it didn't take me long at all to read it because I couldn't put it down. By writing this series Sue made me a very loyal reader and i will read anything she writes and anyone who like Auel or Shuler or even the Gears couple will love Harrison
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical coming-of-age
Set in the Alaskan Island chain 7000 years BC, the story shows life as it might have been for a girl and her tribe. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Did not put it down until the last page. I will continue to book 2. I gave it four stars because I never give 5.
Published 26 days ago by Valentin Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
Sue Harrison has an excellent series of interesting and fasinating books. Enjoyed this series very much. Would recommend the series to other readers.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Svatonsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Earth Father Sky
I have read both of Sue Harrison's trilogies and enjoyed them very much. They are completely different from Jean Auel's books, altho in the same vein. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Virginia A.
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality book
I read book before when I was younger the story line is great and so are the characters. The only thing I was really worried about was the condition of the book since it is used... Read more
Published 2 months ago by summerlove79
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak
This is a watered down and much weaker Clan of the Cave Bear. I tried to hang and kept reading, but with my limited reading time, I just put it down. Boring.
Published 2 months ago by annakay
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the setting.
I choose only four star because always with a new author I need to get familiar with their style. It didn't take me long however to get really into that time period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Roe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
Have read this whole series a long time ago and enjoyed them very much.
It is so refreshing to read about early history, fiction or fact.
I enjoy this author very much.
Published 3 months ago by dobber
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid journey back in time....
I found myself thinking about this book during work and looking forward to continue reading that evening. The characters are natural, raw, instinctual and dimensional. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Magleedia
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond expections
This boook captured my imagination early in chapter one and held it to the end. I highly recommend this read
Published 5 months ago by Colleen Lynch
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