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The Cahokian

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
“The Cahokian” is a historical novel, based on the final years of the largest North American pre-contact empire.

Acoto, the Chief Warlord of Cahokia, accepts a mission in the far north-east. Determined to restore the fading glory of the Empire, he leads a campaign against the northern barbarians.
However, the League of the Iroquois is not an easy target. Before the day of t
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published (first published July 17th 2011)
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Tarrin Lupo
Jul 28, 2011 Tarrin Lupo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast read for such a large book. I had never known anything about the Cahokian culture and this time period. The descriptions were excellent and sucked me right in. The story flowed well but it does remind you how brutal and cheap life was back then. You can loose your life in a gambling game, sacrificed to stop the bad weather, used as a pawn in a land grab battle for politicians, family power grabs or simply a macho duel of egos. This is was a wonderful and fascinating time period t ...more
Elizabeth Marshall
What an amazing story!

The Cahokian is a great story about the clashing of two worlds. Acoto, a warlord from Cahokia, is thrown into the world of the ‘Barbarians’.

However, as he learns more of their world he comes to realise that his might not be the glorious, proud empire that he once saw it as.

This story shows the great enlightenment of society and the diverse nature of humans. It is a gripping story filled with action packed battles and in depth analysis of the two different worlds. The desc
Austin Briggs
Aug 30, 2011 Austin Briggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me get it out of the way immediately: this is an excellent book. Now, to the specifics:

1. The book steadily pulled me in, enchanted me with the quality of the story. The book dives into a decisive period of life on Acoto, a Cahokian leader who fell captive to his enemy. For a while, the story became a bit of an obsession for me; I began to care deeply for the man. I don't have much time to read during the day, and that gave me the whole day to look forward to relaxing with this book at nigh
John Caviglia
The Cahokian is a page-turner, plotted with plenty of pre Columbian intrigue, battles galore ... and at its heart a romance that bridges cultures. I found it truly gripping, particularly as I live in upstate NY, in which much of the action takes place. And as one with an abiding interest in Native Americans, it was fascinating to me that the plot is built about the conflict of the mound building culture (Cahokia) in present day Illinois, and the Onondaga of north/central New York State, who are ...more
Sarah Castillo
Nov 02, 2011 Sarah Castillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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UPDATE!!! Zoe Saadia sent it off to the editors and now it's back!! It's now a beautiful piece of work that deserves all 5 stars!

This is a really hard review to write. Saadia tells Acoto's, the Cahokian's, story with such grace and beauty. She describes the land and the people without referring to any of the common tropes, sticking to the history, but making it real and human. The story of his adventures, his battles, his betrayals, and how he changes is so compelling, so human.

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Antoinette Ouellette
Following a warrior through Becoming exalted and praised ..then turned and betrayed by his own ..what a great start of a story ..I was so evolved in they storyline that I kept wanting Life to pause while I read!
The historical descriptions had me scrambling to review the different stories I already knew ..and the way that I would react to a totally new life with Totally new priorities...Would I try to return to. My old life or relearn to live this new and totally foreign way? It actually gave me
Leonide Martin
Interesting story about the ancient mound-builders of the Mississippi watershed and their interface with the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) alliance of five tribes. The political and social organization of the Five Nations Alliance formed a basis for the development of the U.S. Constitution. The premise is intriguing, that a Cahokian warrior from the primary mound city is captured by a raiding group of Alliance nation Onondaga warriors. The two groups were battling in overlapping territories for domin ...more
enjoyed this!
J.C. Andrijeski
Jun 19, 2012 J.C. Andrijeski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It has this very epic, timeless quality to it that's hard to put into words, but that made it both feel very real and specific to the historical period and also, yeah...timeless. The main character, Acoto, is a really fascinating and sympathetic person, and his growth throughout the novel is pretty amazing. But even from the very beginning I found him to be unusually subtle, intelligent and introspective compared to most of the books I've read lately, especially given h ...more
J.A. Beard
Rating 3.5 stars

In the 13th century, the massive Great Mound of Cahokia in the Mississippi Valley supported a huge city and the accompanying civilization. In the following centuries, this complex civilization would collapse. The Cahokian follows the unexpected life course of a warlord, Acoto, of this expansionist culture. The author examines cross-cultural familiarity in her exploration of the common human traits of ambition, attraction, and adaptation, but also provides something fresh in that
Sue Owen
I enjoyed the heritage that was present in this book. I liked traveling with the characters through their family’s history and the traditions that were represented here. I think, however, that the plot needs some work. I was mostly confused between the ‘then’ and the ‘now’ time frames and don’t feel they were delineated enough. I feel it’s not quite ‘finished’ and needs a good editor to correct tense and grammatical errors.

Typically, I don’t review books like this that I consider unfinished how
C.C. Cole
Feb 06, 2012 C.C. Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found “The Cahokian” to be a great read! This book opened cultures I’ve rarely visited in fiction or non-fiction reading, exposing a brutal clash of people sparing the reader few details. The prose-driven story is big on detail and small on animation, and to me a reasonable variation in which to create an adventure novel with historic backdrops. I found the book fascinating from the first page and recommend it highly to readers that favor a treat from mainstream templates, paranormal romance, ...more
It took a bit to get into this book. Some typos jarred me a little, and one thing that really annoyed me was that I felt there were too many synonyms for "said" that should have just been kept as "said". Overall, these were fairly minor problems.

The story was a bit slow to start, but it got really interesting about 25% though, so I'm quite glad I stuck with it and pushed through.

While I had some minor quibbles with the writing, I enjoyed the story, and I will definitely have to check out more o
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DNF - TBR reviewer: Monua

I found the blurb interesting but I couldn't get into the book. It was well researched. I only got about 25% through. I've come across books before that I just couldn't connect with. The thing is, I love historicals, so it is quite perplexing.
Jean Paul LeFrey
An excellent book. Well written, well told and the subject matter was well explored. A book for all times, fits in the present time and will always fit the future. Prejudice is a universal subject and learning about others will remain a problem to solve forever. Worth the read.
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