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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
  • ASIN: B00COWLYDY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mother Earth Father Sky August 28, 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining February 15, 2008
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Auel! January 21, 2008
By Sun Set
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jean Auel doesn't even compare to Sue Harrison! I read the first two books in the Jean Auel's series and by the third I could not take it anymore, I just shut the book. Long and boring! I have read all six of Sue Harrison's and I recommend them to everyone. They are full of action, intrigue, history, culture, and on the sensual side. Sue Harrison really done her research, it shows through her detailed culture and vivid traditions. She truly respects the indigenous race and most importantly she wrote her characters with morals and values, making them human instead of Godless savages the way some authors write. She wrote them as they were, descendants really appreciate this.
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16 of 21 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I was sad this book was over. First I have read by this author and it will not be the last!!
Published 27 days ago by Laurie Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story
Published 1 month ago by jam1936
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An interesting speculative look at a prehistoric society with limited, somewhat 2-dimensional character development as it's main flaw.
Published 1 month ago by BC
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this one years ago and bought it for my kindle collection...
Sue is one of the few authors that put their heart and soul into a book. I read this one years ago and bought it for my kindle collection because it is so good.
Published 1 month ago by James Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prehistoric "historical" novel
This novel surprised me. I agree that prehistory is a tough sell. Do we really relate to a hunter-gatherer society? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book so much I bought the next two ...
I loved this book so much I bought the next two in the series. The characters come to life in the pages of this novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peony
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Prehistoric Fiction
I read this book for the first time when I was in high school. At the risk of revealing my true age I will not say what year that was, but it was many moons ago and at the time I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lebora
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent book. We'll written
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
A real page turner! I LOVE THIS STORY! Hard to put down. Many books are hard for me to read. Often I can only read for short periods of time before getting sleepy and wanting a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catarina73
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