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Product Details

  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Books (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557737525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557737526
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in Florida centuries before Europeans arrived on the continent, McKee's ( Woman of the Mists ) tale revolves around Mi-sa, an Indian girl who has inherited the Gift from her father, Atula, the shaman of his tribe. In the past, the Gift had always been passed on to a son of the shaman, who does not marry but fathers children on several women of the tribe. Unwilling to recognize that a girl possesses this skill, and encouraged by a mother who wants her own son to be shaman, the community becomes increasingly suspicious and fearful of Mi-sa, whom they believe might carry evil spirits. Meanwhile Atula faces his own quandary: fond of Mi-sa's mother, Miakka, but unable to protect mother and daughter from the tribe's hostility, he becomes torn between duty to his people and his wish to take Miakka and Mi-sa to live in another community where they can be accepted. By romanticizing aboriginal life and focusing on the literalness of a shamanic gift that can be genetically inherited, rather than on its spiritual dimension, McKee ultimately defeats her own purpose, reducing the mythic to the mundane--or to second-rate fantasy, at best.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather H. on June 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Woman of the Mists was a good first book but "Touches" is much better. Mi-sa is a character that really makes you want to pull for her. She has a very rough childhood; bad day to be born, a gift that appears to be a curse, a crazed(an armed) older woman who hates her and a very...well, don't want to give the story away. A very good read and a good take off for the rest of the series. A vivid portral of the ancient swamps of the Everglades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Peterson on February 11, 2014
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This book is a very well written book that touches on the lives of the native Americans in Florida. The descriptors are incredible. The stars are crystal clear.

I felt for the young girl and was so proud at the end. So, when the last page came and the words flowed, I smiled. What an ending!

Want a good book about the native Americans? I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea G. Humphrey on November 25, 2006
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I have followed Mi-Sa and the other wonderful characters that Lynn Armistead McKee has created. I am sorry to say that I did read her series out of order so it was a bit confusing. Once I finished all of the series I was able to piece the story together in the order that it was intended. I read the second half of Mi-Sa's journey first, and fell in love with her then. I was able to fall in love with her all over again. Lynn was able to intricately describe the scenery and daily lives of her characters. Her characters were unique from one another and well defined. I watched relationships grow and fall apart in her story. The plot steadily thickened and enticed us with exciting events. As mentioned by a previous reader, there are sex scenes. However, I feel that sex is a part of our daily lives and that is the way it should be portrayed in the book. It is meant for adult readers and sex should not be avoided to appease those that are too prude to realize such a fact. There is not enough sex to where it would be considered overwhelming or distracting from the plot though. Lynn was able to write her words in such a way that I was able to mentally see the story unfold like a well directed movie. This book is my least favorite of the series though, but not because this book was lacking. It was merely a choice between which characters I enjoyed more than others. Overall, I loved the book. My only regret is that Lynn Armistead McKee will not continue to weave more historical fiction, since she definitely has a gift for it.
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