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Sun Born

Sun Born

A People of Cahokia Novel (Book Two of the Morning Star Series)

North America's Forgotten Past

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Tor Books


An old enemy has returned to Cahokia with vengeance in his heart. Will the empire’s living god choose to save his city?

A thousand years ago, the mighty Cahokian civilization dominated the North American continent. At the heart of the empire stood a vast city, teeming with tens of thousands of residents, traders, and travelers. The city of Cahokia sent settlers and priests throughout the continent, from Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico, carrying word of the power of their gods. People who wouldn't bow to that power were conquered or slaughtered. Power rested in one being, Morning Star, a god resurrected in the body of a living man.

A new threat has come to the city, emissaries from a civilization that rivals and perhaps even surpasses that of Cahokia. It soon becomes apparent to the gods-possessed Lady Night Shadow Star, human sister of Morning Star, that her people could be conquered by this technologically advanced culture. With the fate of their cosmos as a wager, the people of Cahokia are faced with a battle between the gods.

Morning Star is unwilling—or unable—to fight to defend his people. Who then, will save them?

With Sun Born, the second title in the Morning Star Trilogy, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear take readers back to this amazing place with a tale of murder, magic, and the battle for a people's very soul.



A thousand fires lit the darkness; the great city of Cahokia pulsed and throbbed as if it were a bizarre and disparate organism—a sort of mindless being. Its avenues and arteries overflowed...

Praise for Sun Born

“Often and rightfully compared to James Michener, [the Gears’] shrewd grasp of history’s resounding relevance raises them to the level of Ken Burns, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Doris Kearns Goodwin as the very best at what they do.”—Providence Journal

“The Gears have provided another successfully compelling and enlightening excavation into America’s forgotten past that will appeal to their large fan base.”—Booklist


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W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

W. MICHAEL GEAR holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. He's written many novels co-authored with Kathleen O'Neal Gear, including People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, and People of the Earth.

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 America's cultural heritage.

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