Mother Earth, Father Sky
Sue Harrison
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Mother Earth, Father Sky (Ivory Carver #1)

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Set against the prehistoric splendor of the last ice age, Mother Earth Father Sky is a compelling love story about a young Native American woman who is forced to become the wife of a man who participated in the massacre of her family.
Published 1991 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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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...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  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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...more
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!
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Laurel Barrick
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...more
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.
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,...more
Jan 28, 2009 michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14+
Shelves: 2009
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.

Enjoyable, fascinating stories about a pre-historic tribe and its people.
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I loved this book because I loved the setting and the characters. The author did an amazing job making the setting believable and making it realistic. For someone who never saw 7056 BC, she did an amazing job immersing the reader with details. I thought the plot line was interesting and unique. A lot of books with a similar setting do a bad job of connecting the reader to their characters. But this author did a pretty good job of connecting me not only to the characters, but also to the emotions...more
I really liked this book. It hooks you right away and the storytelling flows well from start to finish. Chagak is brave, loyal, and resourceful, and she has such an endearing friendship with Shuganan, the old man she shares a beach with. The characters go through lots and lots and lots of traumatic hardships, and through all that Chagak grows into a confident woman.

The other characters aren't quite as interesting, but we don't spend as much time with them. There's a bland, wholesome love intere...more
Suzanne Ackley
I was thinking that it would be more like Clan of the Cave Bear, to be honest. The writing style was good, although I didn't discover the index in the back of the book soon enough, so I was confused about the Inuit words. It wasn't cliche, which was nice. It's such a completely different culture from ours that it is worth the read if you like pre-historic times, especially those of Inuit culture.
This book is the story of a native american in the Aleutian islands around 7000 b.c. The main character is Chagak a thirteen year old girl who watches her family and her village be destroyed by raiders. This is the story of her survival and life. I thought this book was really interesting. It was fun to learn and see how the people of this time might have lived and thought. I certainly would have a difficult time living let alone finding happiness in this time. I loved Chagak and her indomanatab...more
Nikki Abbott
I had read this book back when I was 18. In 1998. I loved it so much that I wrote the author and she replied. The letter, remains in the book to this day. Some books stay with you, this one is one of those books.
I'm not going to write a synopsis. It's been well covered.

Harrison is a master. Her prose is beautiful, her descriptions deep and richly detailed.

This book is an amazing blend of character-driven/plot-driven writing. Chagak's character pulled me in right from the start as she witnessed her village being massacred. And everything that happened to her through the story, I felt her fear, her joy, her sorrow.

She's a tough heroine, eschewing (out of necessity) traditional (tribal) gender roles.

The d...more
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
Ray Perreault
Excellent book in the series. I loved this, and enjoyed the character development and scene development. I could almost feel the sea mist.

Great read.
Alexis Mccormick
This was one of my favorite books as a teenager. I was mesmerized by this series, and this book was the best one. Too bad it's so hard to find!
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Mother Earth, Father Sky by Sue Harrison 3 27 Apr 13, 2013 09:18AM  
  • She Who Remembers (Kwani, #1)
  • Beyond the Sea of Ice (The First Americans, #1)
  • Reindeer Moon (Reindeer Moon, #1)
  • People of the Earth (North America's Forgotten Past, #3)
  • The Reindeer Hunters (Reindeer Hunters, #3)
  • The Year the Horses Came
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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