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People of the Black Sun

A People of the Longhouse Novel

North America's Forgotten Past

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Tor Books

A novel of North America’s Forgotten Past

 
The epic tale that began in The People of the Longhouse draws to a close in People of the Black Sun, the final installation of the Iroquois quartet by bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear.

 

The darkness that Dekanawida has envisioned is drawing closer, and the warring Iroquois nations have refused to listen to his message of peace and compassion. Consumed by madness, Chief Atotarho is determined to subjugate all five nations—beginning with Dekanawida’s own people, the Standing Stone nation.  All who stand in his way will be destroyed.

 

It is on the field of battle that Dekanawida is given his first real advantage in his quest for peace.  A great storm appears to answer his call, scattering Atotarho’s forces when they are on the verge of annihilating the Standing Stone People. 

 

Now elevated to the status of Prophet, Dekanawida must call on the aid of old friends Baji and Hiyawento to convince the hostile neighboring clans that the destruction of one nation will mean the end of them all.  Can their mission of peace succeed in time to save everyone that they love, or will their world be consumed by darkness?

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As Sonon strode through the evening forest, his black cape parted the sea of frigid air, leaving ice crystals swirling behind him. Every twig on the maples and giant sycamores was sheathed in white. Far out in the trees, owls watched him with their feathers fluffed out for warmth, their eyes shining.
Deep cold was a quiet monster. It slithered into clothing, stiffened leather, and afflicted bones with agony. Its unnaturally silent voice made ears crave even the slightest sound. The sheer vastness of the frozen land pressed down upon him tonight.
What is my offering? What
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Praise for People of the Black Sun

"A well-crafted chapter in the Gears’s ongoing series."
Kirkus Reviews on People of the Black Sun

"Sure to keep readers turning the pages… As usual, the Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists, have enriched and enhanced the gripping plot with plenty of anthropological, archaeological, and historical detail."
Booklist on The Dawn Country

"A well-crafted chapter in the Gears’s ongoing series."
Kirkus Reviews on People of the Black Sun

"Sure to keep readers turning the pages… As usual, the Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists, have enriched and enhanced the gripping plot with plenty of anthropological, archaeological, and historical detail."
Booklist on The Dawn Country

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

  • KATHLEEN O’NEAL GEAR is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government’s Special Achievement Award for “outstanding management” of our nation’s cultural heritage.

    W. MICHAEL GEAR, who holds a master’s degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

    The Gears, whose First North American series hit the international as well as USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

  • W. Michael Gear Jeff Corney
    W. Michael Gear
  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear Jeff Corney
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    People of the Black Sun

    A People of the Longhouse Novel

    North America's Forgotten Past

    Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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