From Kirkus Reviews
Blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy and a sci-fi flair, Baker covers a lot of ground, but does so with dexterity and grace.
The author populates this unique story with alien civilizations, 17th-century Ojibwe shamans, shady government agents and professional archaeologists. In doing so, Baker tries to tap numerous niche audiences…Baker is a talented writer and an adept syncretist. Akiiwan begins in the 1600s, during which time a talented Native American shaman—Voice-in-the-Sky—is contacted by members of an alien race who are interested in living with the Ojibwe people and sharing with them their secrets and talents.
Fast-forward to the modern day, when government agents hire skilled archaeologist Samantha Horner to learn more about Voice-in-the-Sky and the mysterious powers he may have possessed. But from the moment her excavation begins, strange occurrences—violent storms, unexpected attacks on crew members and baffling disappearances—suggest to Horner that something strange is afoot. Baker tells Horner’s tale with a skillful ease. His prose is elegant and precise and his descriptions—both of his characters and of the natural world—are beautiful and evocative.
A well-done book…
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The prose is elegant and precise. The descriptions--both of characters and of the natural world--are beautiful and evocative. -- Kirkus Discoveries
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