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Zadayi Red

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A compelling new voice in fantasy brings us a tale like no other in the genre.

A young Shaman of the Galayi people has had a powerful and frightening vision: it is of the Eagle Feather Cape, the gift of the Thunderbird, which is worn by the Seer of the People to see the future and gain the guidance of the gods. The cape is torn and bloody, and it will no longer bring vision
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Tor Books (first published July 7th 2009)
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Zadayi Red is a mythical, fantasy story about the ancestors of Native Americans. The author, Caleb Fox, is himself a Native American of Cherokee descent and this story was inspired by his ancestral legends and myths. Indeed, there are mythical fantasy elements including shape-shifting, spiritual journeys, spirit companions, and ritual magic. It's a good lyrical quest story, though not near as good as say, The Last Unicorn.

Rating: 7.5/10.
Sep 26, 2010 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna, Kevin, Vanessa
Recommended to Jeff by: Found it in Chestnut Hill Branch Library
Shelves: fantasy
Dahzi was born to the Galayi people amidst rage and violence. By the webbed fingers on his left hand, he was known to be the One to Fulfill Prophecy. With the help of a spirit guide, Su-li from The Land Beyond the Sky-Arch, a shape shifter, his grandmother and mother - both Medicine Chiefs - and his own wits and true nature, Dahzi grows into manhood and prophecy overcoming assassins, tradition, and his own self-doubt. But, as was the custom of his people, he wore a Zadayi disc around his neck, b ...more
I give this book 4.5 stars. It was amazing. You can really tell that Fox did a lot of research for this book. I wished the characters were a bit more full, but Fox did do a great job of making Zeya a complex and fallible, humble hero. Fox was writing a myth and myths often have characters that seem like archetypes only. I liked how he showed the humor of the Cherokee and also appreciated how he noted that the characters slept-nice to know sleep was valued.

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Retelling of a Cherokee legend. I loved the early sections about the shaman and only liked the rest. A beautifully told story about a harsh time and person.
Kelly Flanagan
Have to say I am a Caleb Fox fan to the ninth degree. Both of his books drew me in instantaneously and kept me reading till the end!
This was a neat book however a little more violent and gory then I prefer. Still a good read.
Nicholas Gourlay
The Denver Public Library does not carry this one. Bummer.
Just started, but my husband loved it.
Very creative and fresh fantasy!
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