People of the Moon (Mass Market Paperbound)

By W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Tor Books, 9780765347589, 624pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006



The moon had reached its maximum three times since the Chacoans conquered the First Moon People. The Chaco matrons had built their Great House high atop First Moon Mountain, and their warriors stalked arrogantly through the villages, taking what they pleased. But the gods can only stand so much human arrogance.

Cold Bringing Woman, the goddess of winter, calls upon young Ripple to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the hated Chacoans. But Ripple will not face the task alone; he is aided by his stalwart friends: Wrapped Wrist, a short lothario; Spots, scarred at birth, and aide to the frightening witch, Nightshade; and Bad Cast, a simple family man, who will do anything to free his people.

But the blessed matrons will brook no insurgency. In retaliation, war chief Leather Hand and his warriors embark on a campaign of terror so gruesome it remains unrivaled in the annals of prehistory. It all comes to a climax atop the mountain we now know as Chimney Rock. In the white light of the lunar maximum, the Pueblo gods will dance and an empire will be engulfed in flames and mayhem.

From "New York Times "and "USA Today "bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, "People of the Moon" is a story of North America's Forgotten Past the battles fought, the heroes made, and the cultures that thrived in America's prehistory.

About the Author

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 our nation's cultural heritage. W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. Together they have written the North America's Forgotten Past series (People of the Morning Star, People of the Songtrail, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

Praise For People of the Moon

"One of the best novels in the whole series. The Gears have consistently captured early Native American life with precision, detail, and narrative excitement, but in People of the Moon they reveal their skills to even sharper effect.....A riveting novel. . . . The Gears don't shy away from authenticism in depicting the violence that resulted."--Booklist on People of the Moon
"A lively tale of warring clans. . . . Should leave readers hungry for more entries in the series."--Kirkus Reviews on People of the Moon

One of the best novels in the whole series..... A riveting novel.

A lively tale of warring clans....Should leave readers hungry for more entries in the series.