Lila L. Pinord was born and raised in a small Native American fishing village. Many of her stories reflect this Indian way of life. Her first book, Skye Dancer was published in 2003. Since then Evil Lives in Blue Rock and Min's Monster were published. IN TIME, her latest, is an Urban Fantasy, is now on the market.
For me the experience of reading Skye Dancer was akin to sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a good story. Not a particularly warm and cozy story although there is some warm and cozy in it. But not a particularly scary story, either, although there are some scary scenes. No, I'd call it a particularly "creepy" story. Yes. Creepy.
See, there are people, innocent folks, in and around the little Native American fishing village on the coast of Washington state who are turning up missing or, worse, dead. Skye Dancer's mother was one of the unfortunate victims. But why? What happened? Who dunnit? There seemed to be no end to the possible suspects.
For example, what about that mysterious old man living out in the dense, damp, rain-soaked woods near the village? Who is that burly, old stranger out there that some have come to know simply as "the prospector"? Is he really a prospector? And could there be some connection between him and the unexplained deaths? Or is it all due to something else? This is, after all, the region known for its reports of Bigfoot, the Sasquatch, not to mention the strange and dreaded creature of local legend known as the Tsiatco, or "Stick Injun" that preys on young women. And then there's the serene but, some say, haunted Lake Odawa. Could there be something in the lake? Hmm...?
And what about that beautiful Native American girl, Skye Dancer? What is the meaning behind her eerie visions? Oh, and did I mention the pit? The creepy, deep, dark pit up on Wolf's Head Mountain? What... or who... is in there? And does it have anything to do with Skye?
Lila Pinord brings the Pacific Northwest setting to life in this beautifully crafted novel. In the small Native American community at Lake Odawa, everyone knows everyone else. Even the old prospector who moves to the area eventually becomes known around town as the years pass. He's a harmless old fellow who buys milkshakes for the children. Lake Odawa seems a typical small town. People hunt, fish, enjoy the magnificent outdoors, and quietly go about their lives in a seemingly idyllic setting. Of course, there are ghosts and legends. And stories about people who have gone missing over the years.
At the beginning of the story, it seems as though the locals take the disappearances in stride. After all, they are in a wilderness setting where danger can lurk in the middle of nature's beauty. And people might decide to move and not say where they're going. But then bodies start turning up and it's apparent the victims have been ambushed and brutally murdered.
The suspense starts slowly, draws you in, and then builds to a point where you can't put the book down. The characters seem real and once you learn the plight of Jessie and Summer Dancer, you will have to follow Skye Dancer as she risks her life to come to the rescue.
take... one part of a picture book - like description from someone who is obviously in close contact with Mother Nature, two parts of devilish wrong doings, experienced and vividly explained by blood related women, three parts of instances where the native American gift of `envisioning' adds to the mystery, four parts of cold blooded killings from a man who calls himself a ...WHAT?...a Prospector... and countless parts of spine tingling chills and you end up with a wonderful, scary, well told tale.
I might be off here or there on my measurements but let me tell you; the ingredients are what count. In Skye Dancer, Lila L. Pinord has brought together the right recipe for a story I can only describe with words previously used by reviewers: creepy and hair - raising.
I enjoyed this tale very much, however; and I can NOT recommend it to be read....in the dark with JUST a reading light...
The Boogey-Man abounds in every culture, & Lila L. Pinord, born & raised in the Quinault Indian Reservation at Queets in Western Washington, has taken the essences of the wild man of the woods & Tsiatco (Sasquatch) & woven a taut, terrifying, lyrical & redemptive tale that will make going into your neck of the woods much more hair-raising!SKYE DANCER is one of RebeccasReads best of the year!
Skye Dancer is a beautiful and lush landscape full of dazling imagry mixed in a fast paced indian murder mystery. Not previously knowing Ms. Pinord is Native American really added to the knowedlge base offered. It was clear she knew exactly what she was talking about, and her words created a emotion with every word.
She also cleverly crafts the creepest character to hit the written word in years, Charlie Crane. As you learn more about him, the more you feel the evil his essance gives off. Not a feat too many authors can accomplish. But Ms. Pinord seems to do this flawless and with ease.
This book exceeded any and all Tony Hillerman books on the market. A book that should grace everyone's book shelf.