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She Who Remembers

(Kwani #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,514 ratings  ·  198 reviews
In an ancient time of fear and superstition, she stood apart because of her unusual blue eyes. In a land of great stone cities and trackless wilderness, she sought her own unique path. But it was with the clan that accepted her—and in the heart of the magic man who saved her—that she found her ultimate destiny. Her name was Kwani. But legend would call her She Who Remember ...more
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Published June 25th 2013 by Lake Union Publishing (first published 1988)
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Dec 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Because she is blue-eyed, 16 y/o Kwani is considered a witch by her people and is thrown out of her clan. And here starts her oh so boring story.

The (very short) prologue was intriguing enough as it involved Norses (yay Norse people). My joy was short-lived though. Unfortunately, the Norse were only mentioned so that we understand Kwani's eyes color (you know, they came, they killed and they raped -hence the blue eyes some indians got-).

And then, the story went like this :

Kwani : I'm alone in th
Nov 17, 2016 marked it as started-and-not-finished  ·  review of another edition
(I'm not reviewing this one as such, just explaining why I never finished it.) My wife and I started reading this novel together, back in 1989, because it got a glowing endorsement on the back cover from Jean Auel, and we both greatly like her Earth's Children series, and her wonderful protagonist Ayla in particular. Unfortunately, we both found Shuler's work to be in sharp contrast to Auel's. The reaction we both had (and I stated it at the time, though I don't recall the exact words), is that ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever want to know who this Kokopelli guy is? You know the guy with the flute that's in so much native american art? Well, now's your chance. This books is a great mix of myth, fact, and entertaining fiction. I suggest it for anyone 18 and older. I think women would enjoy it more, as it focuses more on the female side of things. But I'd recomend it for men, too.

Keep in mind, if you decide to read this, that the first time I read it was in college. My Native American History professor had all of h
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was to be an “American pre history novel” about the ANAsazi Indians 1270 AD . I very much like well researched historical fiction and hoped for much from this book. The book jacket stated we would learn about KOKOpelli.
Oh what a disappointment. There was no clue that this would be A bodice riper romp {really rabbit skins}. I didn’t even find it amusing that Vikings were roaming the South west.
no from me .
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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we judge too quickly, don't we, about so much, about so many people. this story takes outcasts and gives them a chance to tell us their story, as well as the outcasts giving others the same opportunity. an amazing bit of literature!
She Who Remembers is the first book in the Kwani series by Linda Lay Shuler. A prehistoric fiction, it is compared to the Clan of the Cave Bear series quite often. And while I see some similarities, I don't think it's quite as engaging as that series.

Kwani is of the Pueblo, Anasazi actually. But because of her startling blue eyes she is accused of being a witch and driven from her home. It is during her wandering that she stumbles into the path of Kokopelli, a proud and mysticized trader that de
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Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in lives of North American southwest indigenous peoples before Columbus.
This book is interesting because it gives context to the pueblo ruins in the southwest. It has flaws, but it is a fiction book and as I see it, this book was researched well considering what information is available for "pre-history". The list of references at the end of the book is impressive. Lyn does a great job.

The book has been engaging all the way. It is a long book about a young 16 year-old Anasazi woman and her adventures in her growth. If you like the subject matter and are willing to
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's a great story about an Anasazi women who is accused of being a witch and driven from her home. I have been studying the Pueblo people in one of my classes, and this story has a ton of historical accuracy. I couldn't put it down, and at the end, I had to run to the library to get the 2nd book to see what will happen to Kwani.
Merijn Kok
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alltough fiction it was a real world and felt strangely familiair as if i had been there myself.. A culture superior to many others in its ethics as linda describes it. The book helps to reconnect with nature and a more harmonious hollistic reconnection with all that is.
Natalie Golbitz
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

well written, edited almost to perfection, great story line. also brilliantly interesting. loved this book. it is very long, but kept my interest. with a magnificent heroine, who goes through too much to be true, it is a captivating story.
Scarlet Blu
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shueler is North Americas answer to Jean Auel... Her characters tranverse the continent and through them we learn about all number of paleoindian and later societies. I would recomend them to anyone who enjoys Auel.
Samyuktha Ell
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stumbled upon this book on Kindle and decided to give it a try. Must say I absolutely loved it. It's a great read.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Could not stop reading

This story easily captured my attention and drew me into the plot as if I was remembering a past I had long forgotten.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Fantastical. A period fiction that takes you to a whole different world, set in a world I know - Southwestern U.S., only 800+ years ago - MESA VERDE. I picked this up right before going to visit the national park, and it completely changed my experience. I read all about and imagined Kwani's life - which the author took great care to craft from the best available archeology knowledge. So when I actually stepped into Mesa Verde, I didn't see a ghost town of lifeless abandonment, I saw all th ...more
Clare O'Beara
Kwani is a southwest-American girl whose father was blond with blue eyes, probably a Viking, and she has blue eyes. The story is entirely realistic about the bargains women had to make with men to get food and shelter.

When Kwani travels to a cliff dwelling town she sees how corn is grown to feed large numbers of people, the women doing the work of growing and grinding the corn, making pottery and baskets, while men hunt for a deer to add to the pot.

Kokopelli is a travelling musician whose flut
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Really pulled me in from the begining, and I was surprised by who I got the recommendation to read this from. Great love story and wonderful look into the lives of native americans. I love the way she paints a view of how everything looks, and I have been to some similar ruins when I was younger so that helped me paint the picture in my mind. I was also very interested to hear some of the legends (not sure how true they are but fun to think about) and the description of Kokopelli. A little longe ...more
I loved this book. It has been some time since I've read it, but I do plan on re-reading it. It is on my favorite's shelf and there is this novel's permanent place.
I love native american historical fiction, and this book was chock full of myth, fact, intrigue, heartbreak, etc. It is so easy to define with the main character as to me she felt like a real life person. Her character was written up and described so well.
I kept getting swept up in this novel, and to be frank was sad at it's ending. I
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a fantastic and engaging book that provides the context of the pueblo ruins in the southwest. Mixing fiction, myth and fact, Schuler has certainly done her research to create a compelling tale. Unlike some historical fiction, I never felt like I was receiving a dissertation, but rather the fact was cleverly woven into the story.

I went to Mesa Verde two summers ago and I think one of the motivating factors was actually having read this series. I’d highly recommend it to anyone intereste
Good read if you like books set from a historical angle. It reflects what the lives of early American Indians were like. It was rich in ceremonial traditions, hunting rituals, and described the landscape of the plains and deserts set around a story of a woman and the men who loved her. The author even worked in the Vikings making their way to the Americas and making markings and inscriptions on stones, which is now known as the Runestones in Heavener, Oklahoma. I have visited this historic site, ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very much like Clan of the Cave Bear except the first few chapters would've filled a whole book if it was written by Jean M. Auel!

Really enjoyed this, didn't want to put it down.

Didn't always agree with Kwani's behaviour and she seemed to get through men (Wopio, Ute, Kokopelli, Okalake and Tolonqua) but she was a compelling character.

Will have to read the sequels. Book versions seem a bit tricky to get hold of but there are cheap ebook editions.
Little Fish
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My absolute FAVORITE BOOK about an Anasazi woman who was ostracized because she had "Blue" eyes.
We haven't learned anything have we. We still find something to hate about one another, don't we?
Pam Walter
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Chic Lit. "Kokopelli's man part had swelled to astonishing proportions. LOL. Secretly, men envied the organ thrusting upward to such heights. PLEASE.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's dated... the style of writing is stilted... almost like a kid is writing it... Little to no character development..... Kwani is not a young woman I would want any young person to read about, like or emulate.. she is independent when it suits her but most of the time she's looking for a mate to protect her.. and keep her safe... plus she makes some pretty terrible decisions which cause people to fear or dislike her usually cuz she's too busy trying to find a mate or have sex.. ... the "Kwani ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, wasn't that a huge disappointment? Seriously, whiny protagonist who seemed to solve every problem she encountered by either sitting down in a sulk or by spreading her legs. I was interested in this series as it seemed to be along similar lines to the Earth's Children series by Jean Auel. Ha! I found it massively lacking in detail, repetitive and difficult to slog through. I didn't like Kwani, she came across as a spoiled brat. We learn next to nothing about the other characters in the book ...more
Brandi Stevens
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kwani is of the Anasazi Indian tribe, who live in the hidden cities carved in mountainsides. However, because Kwani has blue eyes (a rarity among her people), she is considered a witch and is cast out to other Native American tribes to find her own way in the world. This novels plot is well done and engaging. Kwani was vivid and realistic, but the development of male characters is broad and unlikable. Despite that, the novel was overall engaging and researched. It perfectly combines myth and fac ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It was not stellar... but just okay. The story was good - just slow. The characters were... not real enough - I did not feel like they were ever living breathing people - with personal histories and likes and dislikes... They were insubstantial - but the book overall was okay. It was a story.. I kept reminding myself that it was just a story - fiction... The men in this story are men.. the women are childish. The injuries were a little unrealistic - you cannot get hurt so bad ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kind of drones on… but I needed to know so I finished and started the next Voice of the Eagle more of the same but seems to be moving a bit faster I keep reading on the need to know how it ends but it’s a bit repetitious. There are some interesting bits how the Indians prayed and their spiritual life they were extremely spiritual, a lot seems very biblical I supposed that should not really come as a surprise just found it interesting that white men called them heathen after all who were the h ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pre-history made real

I first read this book many years ago. It is a enjoyable now as it was when I first read it. I will have to reread Linda Lay Shuler’s other books and enjoy her ability to make what was not known about the time before written history become real and alive with meaning.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It's unfortunate that it took this long because I really didn't want to put it down at all...but life happens. I loved this book I felt like I was right there with them through it and downs....Other than 5 stars (plus) I simply don't have words other than you have to read it!!! :)
I'm now on to book 2. :)
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