Having read some of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s previous books, I was intrigued to start their newest book, “People of the Morning Star”. Covering the tribes living in what is now known as the Cahokia Mounds, the book is set a thousand years ago, at the height of that civilization. Tens of thousands of people lived in Cahokia, with the various clans juggling for power. The Four Winds Clan leads the others, but as the clan leaders fall to an unknown assassin, fears rise, and Cahokia’s very survival is threatened.
This is the first in a new series, but I felt like there was a lot of backstory I’d missed out on with various characters and story lines. At times, a score card to track the multiple characters would have been handy as well. This book was rich in historical details and plot development; I could picture the streets and homes quite well. This is not a book for someone wanting a light and fluffy read, but fans of well-fleshed-out historical fiction reminiscent of Jean Auel's 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' series will enjoy this book. The Gears did an outstanding job of bringing this historical period alive, though, and I will be interested in reading the later books in this series.
Bestselling authors and archaeologists Michael and Kathleen Gear begin the stunning saga of the North American equivalent of ancient Rome in People of the Morning Star.
The city of Cahokia, at its height, covered more than six square miles around what is now St. Louis and included structures more than ten stories high. Cahokian warriors and traders roamed from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. What force on earth would motivate hundreds of thousands of people to pick up, move hundreds of miles, and once plopped down amidst a polyglot of strangers, build an incredible city?
A religious miracle: the Cahokians believed that the divine hero Morning Star had been resurrected in the flesh. But not all is fine and stable in glorious Cahokia. To the astonishment of the ruling clan, an attempt is made on the living god’s life. Now it is up to Morning Star’s aunt, Matron Blue Heron, to keep it quiet until she can uncover the plot and bring the culprits to justice. If she fails, Cahokia will be torn asunder in warfare, rage, and blood as civil war consumes them all.