First there was Kwani, the blueeyed witch,whose turbulent, triumphant life was first chronicled in the New York Times bestseller She Who Remembers and continued in Voice of the Eagle Now comes Antelope's story Antelope is Kwani's beloved daughter, a worthy successor to her mother's magnificent legacy Antelope's mate is Chomoc, the son of the legendary Kokopelli When Chomoc's wanderlust leads him away from his tribe to the city of the Hasinai, in what will become the state of Oklahoma, Antelope refuses to be left behind She breaks the taboos that demand she stay safely at home, and with her blueeyed baby she prepares to join Chomoc What she finds at the end of the journey is not grand adventure, but a sophisticated city full of hostile, tattooed strangers The most menacing presence is the Great Sun, ruler of the city Determined to rid himself of the threat of Antelope's mystic powers, and compelled by her beauty and the need to possess her, the Great Sun becomes Antelope's greatest enemy Isolated from her people, and now torn apart from her mate, Antelope must find a way to survive and to keep her baby from human sacrifice

10 thoughts on “Let the Drum Speak (Kwani, #3)

  1. CATHY CATHY says:


    This is the last of the 3 books of the is awesome! Could not put any of the 3 books down until I had finished the series. If you love the southwest and Native American heritage, this will take you back. These places are still around. Amazing people!!!!

  2. Melissa Melissa says:

    Let the Drum Speak is the 3rd in Shuler's series about Kwani, She Who Remembers. These are books that need to be read in order as you need the history of the characters and to know how everyone relates to everyone else.

    This is the story of Antelope, Kwani's daughter who has traveled far to the East with her mate in search of good trading. They come to a city where a being called the Great Sun rules. And that being wants Antelope and is determined to have her no matter what. But he doesn't want to deal with the inconvenience of her child, especially when it makes such the perfect sacrifice for an upcoming festival. With her mate nowhere to be found, Antelope must find what friends she can if she ever has a hope of returning home.

    I never really realized that there were Queen and King figures in North Native American tribes. The civilizations that were described sounded more like the Mayans or Aztecs, especially with the talk of Jaguar pelts. So I learned more about the people of the area, if the information is indeed true. Antelope is only a little more likable than her mother Kwani. They are both pretty selfish and concerned with their own worth, but at least Antelope mellows out a bit with time. Far Walker I actually liked. Of all the men in these stories he actually didn't act the womanizer and was decent. The rest had some pretty large fatal flaws and weren't the best people. At least the younger ones.

    This story moved with a better pace than the previous two. And the story, despite spanning a number of years, had enough description to make it realistic. There's still the usual vivid descriptions of sex, rape and violence though, so reader be warned. There are a number of plot contrivances in this book (and the previous) that always make me question some of it though. Like how people are always against Kwani and her daughter. It seems that their lives are needlessly hard and everyone is out to get them. While I recognize that sometimes powerful people have a hard time with people wanting to bring them down, I've just always felt that it's skewed a little too much in these books. But they're still enjoyable, and if you like prehistory you'll probably like these books. And you even get a little bit of real history as the author has done research before writing them.

    I think there's a fourth book in the series and I might see if I can get my hands on it. I'd like to know how the story ends and these books are decent enough to keep reading.

    Let the Drum Speak
    Copyright 1996
    446 pages

    Review by M. Reynard 2013

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  3. Jess Penhallow Jess Penhallow says:

    I didn't find this book as compelling as the other two in this series. It was much more static in terms of both location and time frame. I also didn't like what the author did with Chomoc's character and felt that his actions did not reflect his feelings as she described.

    Most importantly, it felt really unfinished for a concluding book to a series and i would have enjoyed a few more books exploring the next generation of Skyfeather and the new baby whose name i have forgotten already! Its a shame that it will never happen as the author is no longer alive. All in all, i can forgive the flaws of this book because it was a fantastic series overall.

  4. Mortalform Mortalform says:

    I hate when I discover I've started myself in the middle of a series. I'm going to read it anyway and see if that effects my experience.

    Starting with book three didn't have a huge affect on my read but I was not taken by this book. Event and description of time period are interesting, but the characters are not more than lightly engaging. This book did not deserve it's comparison (on the cover) to Auel in any regard beyond it being a prehistorical novel. This book did not inspire me to read any of the author's other work.

  5. Arlene Shulman/Lichtman Arlene Shulman/Lichtman says:

    I enjoyed all three books in this series. This last one was different from the others because it mostly took place at a different pueblo. At times, I found it annoying because I wanted to be back in the home location with kinder and more humane people. The story did work well and the ending was not disappointing.

  6. Shelley Upchurch Shelley Upchurch says:

    What can I say. Linda Lay Shuler is one of the best authors there ever was, she catches one's mind and just won't let go. wish there were more books. I felt this way with Auel's books as well, just wanted them to go on and on.

  7. Tammy Hamblen Tammy Hamblen says:

    I loved every one of these books!
    The author really has a way of drawing you into the story and holding a level of suspense that is hard to put down.
    Great read!!

  8. Nora Peevy Nora Peevy says:

    The final book doesn't have as strong a female lead as Kwani and I feel the plot drags in a few places and then the ending is rushed. It's still a good story, but I prefer the first two books.

  9. Linda Humberstone Linda Humberstone says:

    The last book in the 'Kwani' series is mainly about her daughter Antelope, who finds herself in a place where she knows she shouldn't be. Her efforts to survive and make a life in a hostile community whose beliefs and rituals are alien to her and whose acceptance of her and her blue eyed daughter waxes and wanes, is full of adventure, premonitions and romance. I'll miss the characters in these books and wish that Linda Lay Shuler had managed to write another.

  10. Nancy Wilkinson Nancy Wilkinson says:

    Just fabulous! While the second book was just a bit annoying, this one more than made up for it! Such a rich storyline, with real and believable characters. The attention to detail in portraying the daily lives as well as the spirituality of the different tribes and people within the communes was wonderful. We tend to think of native Americans as all the same, but even within a small distance there were very big differences in language, beliefs and daily lives. A wonderful book that had me researching more as I went along. Now for the trip to these places!