Sacred Ground Hardcover – March 1, 1994
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From School Library Journal
Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Tor Books; First Edition (March 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312852819
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312852818
- Item Weight : 1.53 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #542,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is, in many ways, ahead of its time. It's not a typical mystery, nor is it a typical fantasy book. It's for the more mature reader, which is refreshing with all the YA books nowadays (though I'm a fan of many YA books).
The look at the Native American culture seems genuine, as is the conflict between callous developer and Native American artifacts (and the environment, too).
What I enjoyed most, though, were the characters. I loved the main protagonist, a Native American PI who is also a shaman searching for Native artifacts. I especially enjoyed her interactions with her family and her wickedly funny grandfather. In addition, it's nice to read about a strong female character in a role typically filled by a man.
If you're a Lackey fan, this is a must buy.
Hoping that the release of this in digital format might encourage a new audience, and we'll get a second full book featuring Jennifer Talldeer.
This one didn't do it for me. It's not BAD; it just misses the mark in a few areas. I don't find the characters to be as dimensional, and definitely not as believable as most of her characters are - it's not that I don't like Jenny Talldeer, but I'm not drawn into caring about her as much as I'd like to be. Mooncrow is similar; he seems like he ought to be a delightful, fascinating old reprobate - and he almost is. But not quite. He falls a little flat.
But the thing that really put me off (***MODERATE SPOILERS HERE!***) is David's redemption story. When first we meet the character, I thought he was going to be of the "old flame who has gone to the dark side and is now a bad guy" trope - a trope that's a little overdone but is certainly still workable. As things went on, I started thinking, "Oh, no, she CAN'T be setting him up for a redemption story, can she?" But of course that's exactly where things go. And I don't buy it. Not for a moment. Not so quickly. I don't buy a guy behaving and speaking as he did, turning himself around so dramatically after a being shaken up a few times. I don't buy the Talldeer clan being so on his side, if he behaved badly in prior years. I certainly don't buy Jenny's dad playing matchmaker, after David's behavior - not without a LOT more work on David's part to win everyone over. David's backstory doesn't hold water ... it's never explained why he left college and didn't pursue law, and why he thinks he's doing more for the Movement working menial jobs (Alternating with being a paralegal? How does that make sense?). No part of the whole David story feels authentic or plausible to me, and most of all, I don't buy Jenny taking him back. (***END SPOILERS***)
The book has some strengths. She paints the region with great detail - it feels truthful. It's briskly paced. Prose is clean and crisp and effective, as I expect from her.
It's just not one of my favourites.
Our main character is a NA Female PI who also specialized in finding NA artifact and returning them to the proper person or tribe; she has her grandfather living with her, teaching her all the NA shaman medicine he can since she is a Medicine Woman in training and he's also driving her nuts..
A supposed shopping mall being built on a supposed NA burial site finds NA artifacts; the explosion of a bulldozer with several injured and killed;; a female PI that is NA called in to investigate by the insurance company; an X Boyfriend jumping into the middle of things and he's got "ATTITUDE" big time, which she doesn't need.. A scheme to cheat the insurance company; the theft of items from another NA burial ground to salt the mall area and help the scheme along; the items causing Bad NA Medicine; some of said items kept by the wrong person which causes even more problems; a lot of information on NA Medicine; plenty of danger and twists but not the nightmare stuff you find in other books; A lot of information on how the NA feel and think about things, a wonderful mixture of the old meeting the new, a really refreshing good read.. I read it in two sittings and am reading it again.. I wish I could find more books written like this one.
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More please Misty, with Jennifer and David I love them.