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by Page Lambert
WYOMING TERRITORY, 1850 A great woman warrior will be conceived within the womb of the Standing People. She will spill from the heavens like a thousand stars. Skye is born into a remote world of the unsettled West - her Scottish father a loving but moody mountain man, her mother a Lakota bride taken from her Sioux family by this passionate Highlander. But the steel-springe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 15th 1999 by Forge
(first published May 15th 1997)
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Page Lambert’s book, Shifting Star, is a beautifully crafted story showing the nature of combining two worlds, the Lakota and the Highland Scots. The story starts and ends with poems from both the Highlands and the Lakota. Mrs. Lambert has created a dynamic adventure of a young girl, conceived between the worlds of her mother and father. She is a prophecies’ child the combination of air and earth. She is to become the keeper of the flame. The book has a long history, from the birth of the grandm ...more
Wonderful reading. A profound, spiritual story of love and revenge, the frontier and the tragedy of White Man’s impact on Native American culture, but also, how tragedy of man-conquering-man has been a universal occurrence in all cultures.
This one started slow, but grew on me. I was expecting a more adventurous tale but it was more of an internal growth/coming of age story. Lambert obviously did a tremendous amount of research for the book and it shows - sometimes too much and slows down the narrative. My favorite character is the one we meet in the prologue - Turtle Woman. She's the strongest and best fleshed out, even though it's not exactly her story. The "bad guys" are more stereotyped, although Lambert does give them some ba ...more