People of the Morning Star
by: Kathleen O’Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Genre: Historical Fiction
I am always amazed by the talent and genuine skill the Gears employ when writing.
They are two of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of “knowing” (through their work).
When the Gears write about ancient civilizations, their words paint living pictures that spring off the page and onto my imagination in such a way that’s it like watching a movie!
Their depth of their understanding of ancient peoples, customs and traditions; their knowledge and ability to impart that information in an entertaining way and the scope of their own imaginative process is truly enviable, enchanting and enjoyable. Their books are always entertaining. ALWAYS. This one, The People of the Morning Star, is no exception.
The main characters–Night Shadow Star, Blue Heron, Seven Skull Shield, The Morning Star and Fire Cat–are incredibly complex and developed. By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew them all personally and could pick them out of a crowd by the way they walked, talked and gestured. Blue Heron’s pipe smoke would lead me right to her. Fire Cat’s prowess with a weapon and integrity would prove him out. Night Shadow Star’s nobility; Seven Skull’s humor, playfulness…and ferociousness in battle; The Morning Star’s ambiguity… all of this I would recognize in these characters were I to meet them on the street–so well written were they.
The enemy–the antagonist, the demon–who hounds them is so frighteningly evil he is terror personified. I will not give away his identity. Suffice it to say he is scary. This is an evil beyond imagination.
This is a wonderful book. Just wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone, anywhere, anytime. It’s just amazing!