By Steven Barnes
Thirty thousand years in the past, within the middle of the African continent and within the shadow of the most important freestanding mountain on the planet, lived the Ibandi. For numerous generations they nurtured their historic culture, and met survival's day-by-day fight with quiet religion of their gods. but if brutal intruders arrived from the south, a number of courageous souls dared the final word quest--to climb the good Mountain, looking solutions and a fashion into the future.
In this breathtaking combination of mind's eye, anthropology, and sheer storytelling magic, Steven Barnes takes us to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and into the world of our personal ancestors, who lived, hunted, celebrated, and died part via facet with roaming herds of untamed animals and nice golden clouds of migrating butterflies. A humans whose epidermis was once the colour and scent of the earth itself, the Ibandi shaped a hierarchy in line with energy of limb and spirit. during this remarkable novel, we keep on with the adventures of 2 of the Ibandi's selected ones: T'Cori, an deserted woman raised by means of the strong and mysterious drugs girl Stillshadow, and Frog Hopping, a boy owning a present that also is a curse.
Though the stay in numerous encampments, Frog and T'Cori are associated throughout the respected and strong Stillshadow, who has sensed in them a future except others'.
Through the years, and on their separate lifestyles paths, T'Cori's and Frog's fates entwine as an inevitable catastrophe ways from the south--from the very god they worship. for so long as there were mountain, sky, and savannah, there was a house for the Ibandi. Now, within the face of an enemy past something spoken of even in legend, they have to ask their god face-to-face: can we stay or will we depart?
Great Sky lady not just brings to lifestyles the realm of prehistoric guy but additionally shines an excellent gentle on humanity itself. For here's a tale of rivalries and alliances, of human worry and wish, of religion and betrayal . . . and, certainly, a narrative of ways primitive guy, with no phrases or machines, set in movement civilization's lengthy, winding trip to the current.
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