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People of the Black Sun: A People of the Longhouse Novel (Iroquois #4)

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Dekanawida has become known as “The Sky Messenger,” a prophet of immense power, and Hiawento is his Speaker. Thousands now believe in the Great Law of Peace and have joined the League. But they are still being harassed by marauding warriors from the People of the Mountain who steadfastly refuse to adopt the Great Law.
Dekanawida has prophesied destruction if the warfare con
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Tor Books
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Great finish to the series based on the real history of the Iriquoi in upstate New York. The Gears are one of my favorites.
I have to read this book a second time immediately because of the scope and nature of the story. I am blown away by the imagery of the majestic scope of the battles, and adventures that have occurred to the characters with in the long house series. I had drawn out hope that Cord had survived the ambush of his war party after their desperate salvation of the People of the Yellowtail village, and Bur Oak village. I was so overwhelmed in the devastation that Atotharho brought to the people, how so ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Jean added it
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I've been following this series. Fascinated by the archeo-Indian cultures.
another great book on native history
I thought the series would have been better served with three books instead of four. It seemed to drag on little bit by the time I got through this one. The writing is nonetheless mostly enjoyable. Also a wrap up back to the first book as Sky Messenger crosses the bridge would have been nice. I thought it was weird when book one started with that and then went back to his childhood. The final book should have closed his circle of life.
J. Ewbank
This book by Gear and Gear is one of a series of books they have written. This is indeed the best series of books by an author(s) that I have read. For those who have read the other books in this particular series, if you don't cry like I did when I finished it, you have missed something. A wonderful read.
J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's Wars" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms"
The war between the tribes is over, let the peace chiefs reign. Since I enjoy reading historical fiction, I will add this 3-book series to anyone's must read list. The Gear's are good authors and anyone would enjoy any of their books. I am hopeful that they can continue to produce new hard copy is this digital age.
This is the last in this particular series...I really liked it and found it hard to put down. These books by Kathleen and Michael Gear are really good! I love all the books by them..They are archeologists so they get the facts right but make it an interesting story too.
Very good conclusion to the People of the Longhouse series. Other books were a little confusing, but it all came together in this one. Great story and I love that it all happened right here where I live!!!
Classic storytelling for the Gears. It's been several years since I've read them; I've always found their books well researched & intriguing, needless to say nothings changed. I'm glad for that.
You know its a good book when you feel like your saying goodbye to a good friend. The book wrapped the series up smoothly. I'll reread this series in the future.
Roger Jebe
I really liked this conclusion to the series. I rushed through it and then was so disappointed that there wasn't more to read. The old problem of a really good book.
What a fantastic end to this series of 4 books on the beginning of the Iriquois nation. I want to start all 4 books over and read them again and again!
Almost done with this book. It is a great conclusion to the series. A lot of things happen that make sense after the fact but that I was not able to predict.
Probably the best of the four-book series. It really keeps your attention, and the accounts of Iroquois customs and beliefs continue to be interesting.
Most people pass these books by but I really get caught up in them. I find it amazing to imagine what life during these time must have been like.
I loved this book! I want to read more peles books. I really like the historical parts that tie into the story, it feels so real!
A moving and stirring end to The People of the Longhouse series about the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy
I always like O'Neal and Gear's books, but this seemed a bit overly long.
Excellent ending to a fantastic series. My desires find its only fault being too short, lol.
Virginia Winfield
Kind of disappointed in the ending. Sometimes hard to read. Could be confusing.
let me reread all 4 books and think it over before writing this review....
I loved this book. I've never been disappointed by a book by the Gears.
Eileen Souza
Very good ending to an interesting series.
Jun 07, 2013 Alyssa added it
So emotional. I cried & cried.
Book # 4 of a great series.
Emily Fretz
love this series
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W. Michael Gear was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the twentieth of May, 1955. A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard-rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism. After his father's death in 1959, Michael's mother received her Master's degree in journalism and began teaching. In 1962 she married Joseph J. Cook, who taught tool and die making, and the fam ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Iroquois (4 books)
  • People of the Longhouse (Iroquois, #1)
  • The Dawn Country: A People of the Longhouse Novel (Iroquois, #2)
  • The Broken Land: A People of the Longhouse Novel (Iroquois, #3)
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