Sep 062013
 
ShamanShaman by Kim Stanley Robinson
Published by Orbit on Sept 3, 2013
Genres: Adult, Historical fiction, Science Fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy and 2312, has, on many occasions, imagined our future. Now, in SHAMAN, he brings our past to life as never before.

There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories — to teach those who would follow in his footsteps.

There is Heather, the healer who, in many ways, holds the clan together.

There is Elga, an outsider and the bringer of change.

And then there is Loon, the next shaman, who is determined to find his own path. But in a world so treacherous, that journey is never simple — and where it may lead is never certain.

SHAMAN is a powerful, thrilling and heart-breaking story of one young man’s journey into adulthood — and an awe-inspiring vision of how we lived thirty thousand years ago.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was an intriguing story, but it was long. Not just in length (over 400 pages), but also in feel. The story spans several years, so some length is expected, I found it to take a while to read.

As soon as I started reading the story, I was struck by how much it reminded me of The Clan of the Cave Bear. It too is sent in the past and features a main character who is mostly raised by an elder pair from the tribe. There are many differences between the two stories, but it’s the similarities that stuck with me throughout the entire book.

The story is told in a way that makes the narration seem a bit distant. It is told from the first person view of “the third wind”, which is the will and strength to go on after you’ve had your first and second winds, and need an other burst of energy in order to survive. It’s a unique narrator, but it does make it hard to connect with the characters since you are seeing them through someone else’s eyes.

Overall, this was a story that was more intriguing that entertaining. There was a lot that happened over the years that the book covered, and it is impossible to talk about most of it without giving away various plot points. I enjoyed the story, but I didn’t love it like I expected to.

  One Response to “Shaman”

  1. Sounds like a daunting read. While it may not be my cup of tea, I’m glad you liked it nonetheless.

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