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Shadow Valley Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 5, 2009

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Readers unfamiliar with 2006's Great Sky Woman will struggle a bit with the slow opening of this stand-alone sequel, a fantasy set in Africa around 28,000 B.C., but those who stay the course will find it worth the effort. T'Cori is a young leader of her people, the Ibandi, who look to her and their holy woman Stillshadow to lead them to a new land. During the trek they encounter the bloodthirsty Mk*tk tribe, a rogue Ibandi warrior and primal threats from nature itself. A folktale rhythm proves less than effective at conveying heaps of backstory, but as the characters fill out and the wanderers fight to survive against mounting odds, their tale becomes all at once rugged and elegant in style, a mix of harsh bloodletting with a primeval close-to-the-land beauty. (May)
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About the Author

Steven Barnes is a prolific author and scriptwriter who has been nominated for Hugo, Cable Ace, and Endeavor awards. His work for television includes episodes of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, and Andromeda. A lifelong student of human performance technologies, he holds black belts in judo and karate, has lectured at the Smithsonian, and is a trained hypnotherapist. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Tananarive Due.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345459032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345459039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karla Henderson on June 21, 2009
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"Great Sky Woman" was the first novel of Steven Barnes' that I've read. Impressive, I eagerly anticipated this sequel. I was not disappointed. It is, quite simply, one hell of a good read. Set in Paleolithic east Africa, in what is now the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania, it's what the sequel to "Clan of the Clan Bear" should have been and, sadly, wasn't. The characters are believeable, intriguing, both pro and antagonist, and the reader is drawn into their world at a very visceral level. Although painfully violent at times, it is beautifully written, intensely so and the sex, well, let's just say it's evocative and leave it at that. I especially enjoyed the possibility that Neanderthals, assuming a shared ancestral origin, may have made their way back to the cradle of humankind. I hope I'm not giving too much away but even if I have, I don't think it could possibly ruin this for anyone. It's just that good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Sistah Patty on June 9, 2009
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I love the book. It was a very interesting read. I have begun re-reading Great Sky Woman. Certainly Mr. Barnes isn't your typical, off the cuff writer. The level of research and imagination that goes into writing a book like this is enormous.

I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stafford Battle on September 14, 2010
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In the long tradition of "prehistoric" novelizations, I really appreciated Barnes' extreme attention to gritty details, gifted dialogue and graphic realism to create an African tale of discovery, adventure, and heroism by people who lived thousands of years ago. Furthermore, the conversations, the settings, the intellect of ancient Africans related so well to the triumphs and tragedies of modern society. Barnes painted a picture revealing that we are not so far from our ancestors living a day-to-day existence as predator and prey. Shadow Valley allowed me to feel pain and relish conquests as horizons were expanded. I devoured this book in hours.
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By ACE on August 21, 2012
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This was an excellent sequel to Great Sky Woman!!! Unlike other books by the author, this one has several Hero's that must each go through their journey. It is a true pleasure to read. I'm not going to go into detail about the book. If you've read other books by this author, expect another good story!!!
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Loved this and its companion volume. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good story in an unusual and interesting setting. If only Jean Auel's last two in Earth's Children were as good as this!
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