As the major ceremony the Star Jamboree approaches, political rivals from another tribe falsely accuse the Shingu girl Shiva of murdering the Hag, the leader of all the tribal witch women. Sequel to "Shiva."
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Grade 4-7-- A sequel to Shiva (Lippincott, 1989) that revolves around intertribal politics and intrigue. In the previous work, an orphan girl of the Shingu clan found the skull of a saber-toothed tiger, considered a source of power. Now Shiva's tribe plans to present the skull as its candidate for the Star Totem, the most potent of icons, at a large jamboree. Much is at stake since the tribe that provides the Star Totem gains prestige; this honor has been held for generations by the ruthless Barradik clan. Their leader's fear of losing to the Shingu triggers a series of events, starting with the murder of an ancient crone-priestess who presides over the choice of the Star Totem, and Shiva is accused. The action is well paced and the characters have real individuality. While much of the plot is necessarily pure conjecture, an epilogue describes Brennan's reasons for creating a society ruled by women and dominated by the use of magic. Although most events are logical, some, such as one woman's instant ability to ride a horse, are not credible. There is, however, a real sense of danger and adventure; readers will discover that the use and abuse of power are as old as man (and woman). --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Library
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A tense murder mystery, with a courageous young heroine falsely accused plus a stampede of mammoths and just enough crone's magic to add spice to the solution. Shiva, who discovered the Great Skull of Saber in time to prevent a war between her people and the Neanderthal ``ogres'' (Shiva, 1990), finds the body of an old woman at a water hole. Before she can return to her own people with the news, she's captured by a rival tribe who inform her that the old woman was the ``Hag,'' elected by the crones of each tribe and extremely powerful. Beaten, judged, and condemned to death by stoning, Shiva is saved by a cleverly engineered stampede and by her secret friends, the ogres. Throughout, Brennan integrates the theory that the great cave paintings were created by artists trying to communicate what they had seen during experiences in the spirit world. The Hag and the tribal crone overseeing Shiva's education are both capable of out-of-body experiences; Shiva's growing abilities to ``see'' and the fact that such a valuable person might be lost in a petty tribal power struggle add to the tension. Unevenly paced and less closely knit than Shiva, but still an atmospheric, engrossing tale. (Fiction. 11-14) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harper Trophy, New York, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 7121
Book Description Trophy Pr, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110064404315