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The Pillar of the Sky

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From deep in the mists of time, Cecelia Holland has drawn forth this tale of life on the Salisbury Plain, among the Stone Age Britons who built Stonehenge. It is the story of hunters, of kings and matriarchs, and of one outcast boy who becomes a shaman, burning with a vision that will take shape in mighty pillars of stone.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 7th 2000 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published 1985)
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Megan
Jun 09, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
Another of my all-time favorites, I found this book in the CBU library years ago in high school and took it home because it sounded interesting. I absolutely could not put this book down. During school I recieved detentions for reading in class and not being on task. I read it during dinner and lunch and breakfast. I got limited sleep because I stayed up reading into the early hours of the morning. The way that the authors follows Moloquin from childhood to adulthood left me satisfied and his de ...more
Jeff
Mar 28, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
Read this book when I was a teenager and I remember enjoying the story quite a bit. The story was original and spanned a lifetime. It was the second book I had picked up by Cecelia Holland and I hope to read more of her work in the future.
Tommy Miller
Sep 02, 2008 Tommy Miller rated it it was amazing
Excellent trip back to a simpler but more violent time. Obviously assumes a lot but cracking read all the same.
Debye
Sep 03, 2009 Debye rated it liked it
Read this way back wonder when and loved it too!! Might reread. (Catching up on past reads).
Debi
May 19, 2016 Debi rated it really liked it
I am glad I read this book although I did not particularly like it. Still it was well written and worth the reading. This is not the first book that I am glad I have read although I did not like it. So I am giving it 4 stars. Just because it was not my cuppa does not make it a bad book. Read it. I liked it enough to read it through because educated me and made Me think. It is truly an understandable explanation of how women had their power stolen by the fear and greed of men.The Game of Kings by ...more
Megan
Some parts of the culture were very interesting, but the plot was slow and the characters unlikeable.
Nigel
Jul 02, 2015 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A complex novel about the transition from one type of tribal living to another, brought about by one persons vision to create what we know today as Stonhenge. But in order to build it, Moloquin, the outsider, must reshape his people to suit his increasingly meglomaniacal ideas.
Todd
Sep 27, 2011 Todd rated it it was ok
Beowulf meets The Fountainhead. With a heavy dose Citizen Kane thrown in for tragic measure, or maybe All the King's Men? Either way, I kept being reminded of other novels that I enjoyed much more (and a movie). Sorry Cecelia...
Miffy
Jan 05, 2016 Miffy rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago. I'd love to read it again, if only I could find my copy! I remember the story well, it left a strong impression. I found it compelling and couldn't put it down!
Katrin
Oct 14, 2009 Katrin rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, there's no rating of zero.
Although this was fiction - usually my fave - I thought this book was a complete waste of time.
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Ciobair
Nov 08, 2015 Ciobair rated it liked it
another stonehenge story - not quite as good as Stonehenge by Cornwell
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Pen name used by Elizabeth Eliot Carter.

Cecelia Holland is one of the world's most highly acclaimed and respected historical novelists, ranked by many alongside other giants in that field such as Mary Renault and Larry McMurtry. Over the span of her thirty year career, she's written almost thirty historical novels, including The Firedrake, Rakessy, Two Ravens, Ghost on the Steppe, Death of Attila,
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