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Mother Earth Father Sky (Ivory Carver #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  6,435 ratings  ·  159 reviews
In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky... and the mysteries of love ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Avon (first published January 1st 1990)
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Lynn  Davidson
Mother Earth Father Sky is the first book in a trilogy that takes us into the lives of an ancient North American people in Alaska. If that sounds boring, don’t be fooled.

To be honest, I hardly know what to say about this book. At the writing of this review (first posted on my blog), having just finished reading it I’m barely back to the here-and-now, and the story of Chagak is still fresh in my mind. To say that Sue Harrison wrote an amazing prehistoric fiction novel scarcely describes what she
Set in 7056 BC, this was a fascinating look at the prehistoric inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands. I learned quite a bit about their customs, beliefs and hardships, which is what I liked most about this book. I loved reading about the survival skills and the respect the people had towards nature and all its gifts. I admired the young teenage girl, Chagak, who lost her entire family during a massacre of her village at the beginning of the book. She showed such strength and determination. The old ...more
I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it. The author spent 4 years researching the Aleut people and then put together a fabulous trilogy. Her writing is excellent-visual, and I fell right into the book. I had trouble finding the books, but Sue Harrison has a website now so you can order directly from her. I have just finished reading, and it was as good as I remembered.
Aug 14, 2012 Alexis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any girl or woman over 13
This is the first book in one of my most favorite series in the world. And the first time I truly fell in love with a book. I read this when I was a teenager and I still often go back to reread it. In fact, this may be my favorite story (the trilogy as a whole) - I was fortunate to have a good boyfriend who bought me the three hardcovers signed by the author especially for my birthday!

Chagak, the main character, lives in a world about 9000 years ago in the frigid Aleutian islands off the coast o
Being a fantasy lover, I chose this book to take a break from my usual genre. I remembered liking "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Sweetgrass" as a child -- so I thought I would like this one. Though, my interest was low in the beginning, I'm so glad I stuck with it. Nearing the final pages, I can't put it down. I will go on to the next book. If you're looking for a change, I highly recommend the step out of your comfort zone to Chagak's world. Enjoy!
I won't summarize this book since others have written some very good synopses already. I'll just talk about what grabbed me.

Harrison's rich prose describes a civilization she has obviously researched very carefully. I was caught up right away in the lives of a Native American tribe and enjoying the read when BANG! the end of the first chapter one stuns you as though someone swung a whalebone club over your head. From then on, the tension never lets up as the main character Chagak struggles to su
Sonja Arlow
3 1/2 stars

This is a story of Chagak, a young woman who at the brink of womanhood, loses her entire tribe to a group of killers known as the Short Ones. Along with her infant brother she tries to find a way to survive. Woman are not hunters in this civilization, their “spirit” is not strong enough, so when Chagak lands on a beach that belongs to an old man called Shuganan, her hopes of survival increases.

Shuganan is an outcast, a man with the power of capturing spirits in little figurines and is
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Prehistories are for a hard sell for me. I don't know why, but they are difficult for me to get into so when I manage to find one that holds my interest, I tend to take notice which brings me to Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison.

Like Song of the River, this piece is character heavy, but what is so remarkable is how distinct, well-rounded and realistic each cast member feels. I can't imagine what goes into painting the
In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving
the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful
secrets of the earth and sky... and the mysteries of love and loss.
At first I compared this book to the Clan of the Cave Bear series, but with a more realistic heroine. But those compa
The first book in the "Ivory Carver Trilogy". Wonderfully written and totally engaging.

Read this excerpt"

"See me," Chagak wanted to shout to the spirits, to the great mountain Aka that watched over their village. "This girl is woman now. Surely, in her rejoicing you will bring our hunters back from the sea. Surely you will not let us become a village of women and children." But only men were allowed to call to the spirits. So Chagak stretched out her arms but held back the words that pressed fu
Definitely enjoyed the story about the hardships in prehistory. Chagak was an interesting character, fierce, but lived with fear.
Many aspects of early history were weaved throughout the story from the daily life to the animistic beliefs and the barbarism of one tribal unit towards another. I will continue reading the series as it has a good pace with historical tidbits though out.
Vivian Ann
Book 1 of the Ivory Carver Trilogy. The journey begins and by goodness it's a powerful one. There is no other writer like Sue Harrison out there. I love this trilogy.
My Sister The Moon - is book 2 in the trilogy - and even better...
Brother Wind -last book in the Ivory Carver Trilogy, closes the story up.
If your looking for a new way to have a story told to you,then Sue Harrison is the author to do it. You wouldn't ever regret reading this trilogy.
Lanie Sanders
Well the cover wasn't lying to me. it was better than Clan of the Cave Bear. I don't mean that to be rude or insulting to "Cave Bear". I really liked that one. it gets a special place in my memory book as the first prehistory novel I've ever read. but. . . . "Mother Earth Father Sky" really is much better. and it totally stomps Cave Bear's squeals into the mud.

I liked the writing style. pretty, yet simple. it had a decent plot, and I loved the ending battle part. (Yay for girl power!) And the s
Oct 02, 2014 michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14+
Shelves: 2009, 2014
It takes an amazing author to write a book that can make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. This book did just that. As soon as I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down, and Chagak became a part of me.

Aug 11, 2014 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Deft story-telling, realistic details, and characters whom we can love with all of our hearts - this is Mother Earth, Father Sky.

So many times in novels set in times other than our own, we get the sense that the author is just adding in details to make it seem as if it is a different setting, but the thoughts and emotions of the people have not changed. As if ancient peoples were as concerned with their sense of self as we are.

Sue Harrison, though, manages to make us feel as if Chagak, Shuganan,
Mother Earth, Father Sky is an engaging book with a story line that remains heavy through out much of the book. As a young woman, just come of age, the main character is looking forward to marriage when she becomes a witnesses to the slaughter of her entire village, save all but her youngest brother. After burying everyone, she sets off to find her grandfather's tribe, The Whale Hunters.

But her journey is side-tracked when she spends the night on a beach where she discovers an elderly, but wise
Andrea Guy
Sue Harrison's books have been compared to Jean Auel and that alone was enough to make me want to give this book a try. I read Clan Of The Cave Bear when I was in high school. I don't know how I got through those tomes at 16!

Sue Harrison's book, the first in a trilogy, is much shorter, but it packs the same punch with emotion and imagery.

I was really drawn into Chagak's world. I felt her pain, especially at the beginning as she loses her family. The book takes place in 7056 BC in Alaska. Chagak
Carole Rae
Like earlier stated, I was given this book to read and give my unbiased and honest opinion.

This is the first book of the Ivory Carver Trilogy and I am drooling to read the next two! Eeeek! I'm not really sure what the next two books are about (be it Chagak or other characters). I would really like to learn more about Blue Shell. I want her to have her happily ever after and we all know she deserves better then stupid the stupid and cowardly husband she has now. He is not only weak and cowardly,
Originally published in 1985 this is the first book in a trilogy. I have been on a wonderful ride lately with books that have grabbed my attention right away and kept it till the every end. Books about young girls, their struggles, their fears as they grow up very quickly in tragic circumstances. Mother End Father Sky is set in a time period that I rarely read and I am happy to say that my wonderful reading streak is still going strong.

Taking place in prehistoric Alaska, this book did not disapp
This is a solid 3 star book. I discovered this book through goodreads recommendations.

I enjoyed the setting of this book, prehistoric (7500BC) Alaskan islands and the early Native Americans living on the shore, and reading about their daily life of hunting for seals, otter and whales to survive.

I like the female main character who struggles to overcome blow after blow of tragedy and abuse.

The story was gripping and gave me that wonderful feeling where I couldn't wait to find out what happens
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
I am impressed with this book. It is a wonderful story and is one that can be enjoyed by anyone, whether reading for book club (book of the month assignment), reading on your own, or reading to a pre-teen or by a teenager. The story is timeless. It takes place in the Aleution islands circa 7000 BC, and tells the story of a young girl who looses her family, friends, neighbrs, and future husband when her villages is invaded/attacked by another tribe hell-bent on destruction of other tribes. The st ...more
I don't know what to say - I read this series when I was like 13 and was engrossed. I recently picked this one up again while at the cabin for spring break, and I was completely engrossed once again. The writing is not stellar in terms of diction or poetic prose, but the voice is unique and specific to the characters and setting. But something about it is as addictive as the Twighlight series - with less sexual tension, though uncomfortable and passionte relations/relationships are both present ...more
Excellent storytelling concerning life on the Aleutian Islands, circa 7000 BC. Not as graphic as Clan of the Cave Bear, yet I found this book nearly as compelling.
Melissa Flanagin
Beautifully written story about a Native American woman Chagak living in Alaska during the Ice Age. Sue Harrison paints a clear picture in your head about this time.
Mother Earth, Father Sky started off strong but soon fell off for me as a reader. I found there to be too many long-winded descriptions of hacking up dead animals and tales of prehistoric breastfeeding. I also found most of the characters to be lackluster and one-dimensional. The protagonist was well fleshed out and interesting but many of the secondary characters felt wooden. There was an old man reminiscent of Creb from Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" who spent a lot of time talking about carvi ...more
From the Gears, to Auel, there is a lot of historical fiction out there. But it's an enjoyable genre. So much so that I was compelled to start reading this trilogy, the Iron Carver Trilogy by Sue Harrison. This is the first book in the series, Mother Earth, Father Sky, and it is followed by My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind.

Chagak is living a pretty normal life for her people. As an adult, she will soon be married and is eagerly awaiting the prospect of a family of her own. But one day, return
Enjoyable, fascinating stories about a pre-historic tribe and its people.
Mother Earth Father Sky takes place in a time long ago but as you read it you wonder if people have changed all that much. It is centered in the area around the Aleutian Islands and involves a series of tribes living mostly in peace as they hunt seals, otters, and whales to survive and trade. The novel centers around a young woman, Chagak who was off gathering grasses and enjoying a peaceful, beautiful day when horror comes to her tribe. The balance of the story is how Chagak deals with the chan ...more
According to goodreads, I first read this book in 2008. It's why, when I first started reading my copy from netgalley, the book seemed so familiar to me. I wouldn't have requested it from netgalley if I had realized it was the exact same book I read years ago, but I didn't review it five years ago, so it doesn't hurt to reread and review now.

Mother Earth is a well written "prehistory" book - a time period I was fascinated by when I was a teenager / young adult. The dawn of time... dawn of civili
Having just read People of the Wolf by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal, I needed something that could restore my faith in the 'prehistoric fiction' genre. Mother Earth, Father Sky turned out to be it. I won't summarize the story here, as many people have already done so, but I can say that Mother Earth, Father Sky is a gripping book that will stay with you for a while after you've put it down.

Harrison's descriptions of the daily life of the North American tribes really fascinated me. They we
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  • Beyond the Sea of Ice (The First Americans, #1)
  • People of the Earth (North America's Forgotten Past, #3)
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Sue Harrison is the author of six critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels. Mother Earth Father Sky, My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind make up The Ivory Carver Trilogy, an epic adventure set in prehistoric Alaska. Song of the River, Cry of the Wind and Call Down the Stars comprise The Storyteller Trilogy. Sue’s young adult book, SISU, was released by Thunder Bay Press .

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