The time is ten thousand years ago and the place is the shores of Lake Champlain, a land inhabited by Abenaki communities who hunt, gather, and follow the cycles of their unspoiled natural world in relative harmony. Joseph Bruchac uses this setting not just to spin a compelling adventure yarn but also to re-create the cultural, social, and spiritual systems of these pre-contact Native Americans. In this third novel of his trilogy about the 'people of the dawnland, ' the lake they call Petonbowk -- 'the waters between' Vermont's Green Mountains and New York's Adirondacks -- holds both sustenance and danger, and Young Hunter is called upon to confront a dual menace. A 'deepseer' or shaman, he must use his full powers first to comprehend the threats and then to defeat them. The lake, it seems, holds a huge water-snake monster that makes it impossible to reap the waters' bountiful harvest of fish and game. And, worse, a tortured outcast, Watches Darkness, has turned against his tribe and is using his deepseer's knowledge to perpetrate horrible acts of senseless evil: he destroys whole villages out of sheer malevolence; he literally eats his victims' hearts to absorb their powers; he kills his own grandmother without remorse.
Publisher: University Press of New England ISBN: 9780874518818 Number of pages: 312 Weight: 526 g Dimensions: 216 x 139 x 28 mm
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