People of CahokiaNorth America's Forgotten Past
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The fourth novel in North America's Forgotten Past Cahokian story cycle, Star Path is an evocative tale about America’s greatest pre-Columbian city by New York Times bestselling authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
How do you say no to a god?
The god incarnate, Morning Star, sets his human sister Night Shadow Star and her slave Fire Cat on a dangerous journey to the edge of their world. For their brother, Walking Smoke, still lives…and is a madman who is convinced that he is the true deity destined to rule Cahokia.
Night Shadow Star has her own agenda; the Underworld Lord Piasa has promised that if she and Fire Cat succeed with his agenda, they might become nameless, clanless, and worthless. And thus free.
But the treacherous Tenasee River that they must travel holds its own perils. And at the end of the journey, Walking Smoke prepares to spring his trap.
Star Path, the fourth book in the Gears’ People of Cahokia series, provides us with a rare look into the mystical underpinnings of Native American culture and the founding of Mississippian civilization.
“He is waiting for you.” Piasa’s words sounded so crystal clear in the night. They snapped Night Shadow Star out of a deep sleep. The Spirit Beast’s mouth might have been but a finger’s width from her ear.
Praise for Star Path
Praise for the North America's Forgotten Past Series
“America’s prehistory comes to life once again in the capable hands of the Gears, who never fail to strike the perfect balance between cultural fact and magnificent storytelling.”—Booklist on Moon Hunt
“The Gears have written an epic novel that combines the cultural history of Cahokia with the fast-paced narrative of a thriller to explore the all-too-human and universal dangers of greed and overweening ambition.”—New York Journal of Books on People of the Morning Star
“A magnificent, sweeping world—America, circa 7300 B.C.—that is so real you can almost breathe in the air of it. It tells a bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years—I guarantee it.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author, on People of the Raven
“The Gears have brought readers fascinating and richly detailed stories of prehistoric North America with tales as rich in cultural meaning as they are in political context.”—RT Book Reviews on People of the Owl