It is difficult to think of this book by itself; The Eagle's Gift is the sixth of Castaneda's series of eight books on his apprenticeship as a sorcerer. I suggest that the books be read in the order written; each refers to events which have been described earlier, but each book contains Castaneda's heightened awareness of those events. This book is special for two reasons: first, it is largely about Castaneda's interactions with other apprentices, and gives us readers further insight as Castaneda's actions and thoughts are as seen by the others. Previously related events take on new meaning as the others, some more advanced than Carlos, some not, reflect on his thoughts, personality and progress into sorcery. Also, it has been pointed out many times, that the sorcery of the ancient seers was quite different from that of the modern seers. Modern seers seek -total freedom- don Juan tells Carlos that "Freedom is the Eagle's gift to man". To understand just what this means, you will have read the book. It is a 'must have' .