Clan fighting over a powerful totemic mask has brought the Mound Builder people of the Great Lakes region to the edge of destruction It is up to Star Shell, daughter of a Hopewell chief, to rid her people of this curse Along with her companions Otter, a trader Pearl, a runaway and Green Spider, either prophet or madman, she braves the stormy waters of the lakes to reach the majestic waterfall known as Roaring Water She is determined to banish the mask forever to a watery graveBut vengeful clan members are close on her heels, and they have a similar fate planned for herSet in what will become Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, People of the Lakes is another spell binding epic in New York Times and USA Today bestelling authors W Michael Gear and Kathleen O Neal Gear s North America s Forgotten past saga


10 thoughts on “People of the Lakes

  1. Emma Deplores tbjewellers.co.uk Censorship Emma Deplores tbjewellers.co.uk Censorship says:

    I know the First North Americans books claim to be a series, but they re all standalone books placed in different time periods, with different tribes and obviously different characters This was the first of the 4 or so that I ve read, and hands down the best This book has many similarities with fantasy, which I enjoy one of the main characters, Star Shell, goes on a quest to destroy an evil totemic mask, and along the way meets up with some others who are also in desperate straits there s a I know the First North Americans books claim to be a series, but they re all standalone books placed in different time periods, with different tribes and obviously different characters This was the first of the 4 or so that I ve read, and hands down the best This book has many similarities with fantasy, which I enjoy one of the main characters, Star Shell, goes on a quest to destroy an evil totemic mask, and along the way meets up with some others who are also in desperate straits there s a sense of danger throughout the book and chase scenes involving vengeful tribes and there s a bit of mysticism come to life, as there is in many prehistoric novels The difference is the authors here are archaeologists and know of what they write And they do it so well I remember being bored by sections of The Clan of the Cave Bear that felt textbook y, but that s never the case here The authors know a lot about how Native Americans ranging here from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, with the Hopewell as perhaps the most prominent lived, what they ate, what they wore but this information is so skillfully woven into the story that it never becomes tedious or breaks the flow Beyond the educational value, there s much to enjoy here there s action and excitement, and even some romance The characters are well developed, especially for prehistoric fiction, and grow and change during the story I think it s really the comparison to similar books that makes this one shine many books set in ancient times are dry, but this one I couldn t put down My one caveat is that it can be a bit gruesome, including violence, rape, and torture, which shocked me when I read it as a young teen Note to school libraries prehistoric fiction is rarely if ever kid friendly This is a long book, but it s a page turner, especially once you get past the first 100 pages or so If you re mildly interested in the subject but can t see yourself reading the entire series seems like there are at least a dozen I d recommend going with this one after 3 or 4 I realized they were all starting to run together anyway In fact, if you ve never read any prehistoric fiction, but you like a good thriller, I d recommend starting here You won t be disappointed


  2. Paige Paige says:

    I ve read The People of the Lakes twice, and it was just as wholesome and fulfilling this last time as it was the first It is probably my favorite book in the series because it has everything you could want from a novel The realistic characters were still alive long after I closed the book Each main character had a core element that I could identify with and I was equally drawn to them all The lesser characters were developed and easily related to, even if they were only around for a chapter I ve read The People of the Lakes twice, and it was just as wholesome and fulfilling this last time as it was the first It is probably my favorite book in the series because it has everything you could want from a novel The realistic characters were still alive long after I closed the book Each main character had a core element that I could identify with and I was equally drawn to them all The lesser characters were developed and easily related to, even if they were only around for a chapter or two The plot was easy to follow, yet had depth The authors professional knowledge of prehistoric culture coupled with a flair for fiction brought to life a vividly detail world I had a hard time finishing this book because I wanted it to last as long as it possibly could have I savored paragraphs, reread chapters and once backtracked 300 pages just to read it all over again I have no doubt that this particular story will linger in my mind until I pick the book up again in a few years I d love to explain what I loved each character, and how I felt about their paths from beginning to end, but this is a story I just don t have the heart to spoil


  3. sssnoo reads sssnoo reads says:

    Whew Just finished this 800 page Homeresque novel set in North American pre history That was a mouthful Written by a husband wife team, People of the Lakes was a fantastic historical fiction fantasy epic I don t know why I have never before come across the Gears books There are over 40 and I am not sure I have enough years left to get to them all, but I am going to try The Gears are both well educated in archeology and meticulously research their novels The effort is worth it because, no Whew Just finished this 800 page Homeresque novel set in North American pre history That was a mouthful Written by a husband wife team, People of the Lakes was a fantastic historical fiction fantasy epic I don t know why I have never before come across the Gears books There are over 40 and I am not sure I have enough years left to get to them all, but I am going to try The Gears are both well educated in archeology and meticulously research their novels The effort is worth it because, not only have I just completed a most exciting adventure story, I learned a lot about the ancient Woodland cultures living approximately 2000 years ago These are the peoples that built the mound structures situated across the Ohio and Mississippi river regions This novel also traverses the Great Lakes up around Michigan and thus completes my 50 state reading challenge for the year woo hoo If you are looking for a fun and exciting book to curl up with over the coming holidays this would be a great choice


  4. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    I really enjoyed this book because I always wanted to learnabout the Mound Builders and other ancient Native American civilizations These authors have written a whole series about ancient America, going all the way from the Ice Age to 1200 A.D or so.This story is set around 800 A.D which is about 400 years before the spectacular achievements of the Cahokia settlement in Missouri There s foreshadowing of that because the girl in the story has a bag of corn seeds that she ultimately ca I really enjoyed this book because I always wanted to learnabout the Mound Builders and other ancient Native American civilizations These authors have written a whole series about ancient America, going all the way from the Ice Age to 1200 A.D or so.This story is set around 800 A.D which is about 400 years before the spectacular achievements of the Cahokia settlement in Missouri There s foreshadowing of that because the girl in the story has a bag of corn seeds that she ultimately carries all the way from the Gulf of Mexico up to the Great Lakes Corn is what made it possible for the Mound Builders to build cities of 10 or even 20 thousand people because it s such a nourishing plant and can feed a population of thousands This kind of thing is fascinating, but it s not quite the same as telling a good story The story in this book is pretty basic Four characters go on a quest, but each one is a typical Native American of the time There s Black Skull, the classic warrior, his broken jaw never healed right, but he s able to recover and go on fighting You can tell he s based on an actual skull some archaeologists found centuries later Four Kills, the sophisticated trader, Green Spider, the Medicine Man Contrary and then there sthe girl She s a girl They have adventures They spread corn It s fascinating, but at the same time boring as hell


  5. Amie& Amie& says:

    This is the 6th book in the Forgotten North Americans series, and just like everything else written by the amazingly talented Kathleen O NEILL GEAR, it is meticulously researched and compellingly written Even though this book is the sixth in a series, it can be read as a standalone and since each book is a story in and of itself, they can be read in any order At 816 pages, readers definitely get their money s worth Kathleen O Neill Gear has the uncanny ability to make readers feel as if they This is the 6th book in the Forgotten North Americans series, and just like everything else written by the amazingly talented Kathleen O NEILL GEAR, it is meticulously researched and compellingly written Even though this book is the sixth in a series, it can be read as a standalone and since each book is a story in and of itself, they can be read in any order At 816 pages, readers definitely get their money s worth Kathleen O Neill Gear has the uncanny ability to make readers feel as if they are not only reading the story, but are actually experiencing it alongside the characters in her books An adventure tale as well as a work of historic fiction, this book provides readers with hours of entertainment It is a great read I highly recommend it and have chosen to give it 5 OUT OF 5 STARS To readReviews and to enter terrific Giveaways, Check out my blog at Also be sure to follow me on Instagram at


  6. Adam Sprague Adam Sprague says:

    I can t remember frantically reading thru the last 150 pages of a book like this before It was very well written and the book does an amazing job of putting you right into the story I didn t realize how attatched I was to the characters until they started to get into risky situations and started saying they were going to sacrifice themselves for the lives of the others I think in spots it got a bit repetitive, but looking back I think a lot of people run the same important thoughts through th I can t remember frantically reading thru the last 150 pages of a book like this before It was very well written and the book does an amazing job of putting you right into the story I didn t realize how attatched I was to the characters until they started to get into risky situations and started saying they were going to sacrifice themselves for the lives of the others I think in spots it got a bit repetitive, but looking back I think a lot of people run the same important thoughts through their heads over and over In short, this is like a native american lord of the ringsgreatly developed characters and very entertaining throughout I would def recommend this to others and will keep my eyes peeled forof their books


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    This was my first read by the Gears It is by far the BEST book of the series I recommend this as the jumping off point for the PEOPLE OF series by Kathleen O Neal Gear and W Michael Gear This is action packed, suspensful, and 100% rewarding You ll want to read it again and again and again D


  8. Vali Vali says:

    This book is almost like a First Americans Lord of the Rings And Black Skull has become one of my favorite literary characters.


  9. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk says:

    I have enjoyed the First Americans series even though some of the fantasy elements annoy me a little I prefer it when they are much closer to reality This excellently written travel adventure is almost all reality with a few sprinklings of fantasy cropping up in some of the lead characters but chiefly in Green Spider, the Contrary Apparently, among the Native Americans, if you do everything backwards then you must be possessed by Power ummmm Nevertheless, this gripping story follows I have enjoyed the First Americans series even though some of the fantasy elements annoy me a little I prefer it when they are much closer to reality This excellently written travel adventure is almost all reality with a few sprinklings of fantasy cropping up in some of the lead characters but chiefly in Green Spider, the Contrary Apparently, among the Native Americans, if you do everything backwards then you must be possessed by Power ummmm Nevertheless, this gripping story follows two groups of characters as they make their way north to the Roaring waters Niagara , one mainly overland east of the Serpent River, the other all the way up the Mississippi to Lake Superior and onwards Their journey is associated with a powerful mask which is a source of great evil Our real hero is Otter, the Trader but his fellow travellers have their own strengths and it gets very easy to like them and cheer them on The Contrary gives us some real laughs Along the way we encounter two groups of nasties, the Khota who are just downright villains and the Blue Duck led by Robin who have their bad moments One group the Khota pursues Otter and his group whilst the Blue Duck obviously pursue the other group It all builds up to a grand finale.I m not going to dwell on the excellent story or give away the plot, merely say it s well well worth the read


  10. Katie Rhodig Katie Rhodig says:

    Once again the spiral has shifted and the balance of power has tilted The influence of the mask of Many Colored Crow has caused the current owner, Mica Bird to destroy the life around him as well as take his own life His stunningly beautiful wife, Star Shell is terrified of the mask s power and for her daughter, and secretly leaves on a mission to destroy the mask in the waters of Niagara Falls With the help of the High Head Elder, Tall Man, a dwarf, they embark on the trip to destroy the mas Once again the spiral has shifted and the balance of power has tilted The influence of the mask of Many Colored Crow has caused the current owner, Mica Bird to destroy the life around him as well as take his own life His stunningly beautiful wife, Star Shell is terrified of the mask s power and for her daughter, and secretly leaves on a mission to destroy the mask in the waters of Niagara Falls With the help of the High Head Elder, Tall Man, a dwarf, they embark on the trip to destroy the mask Tall Man has foreseen in a power dream what needs to be done and explains to Star Shell that he needs to be a part of the journey in order to make amends for all the wrong he has done in his life Pursued by men who desire the power of the mask they flee for their lives Down near the present day Mississippi River delta, the alluring Pearl has been promised for marriage to the mysterious and terrifying leader of the Khota, a violent and aggressive people in Illini territory farther north As she journeys north, she plots to escape her escort before she can be married to her betrothed Mean while, Otter, a trader, is preparing to leave his clan grounds after his one time love marries his twin brother But before he leaves power intervenes and brings the renowned warrior Black Skull and the Contrary Green Spider to his canoe landing and on a trip north, to save the very mask that Star Shell is going to destroy Along the watery way, power once again intervenes and throws Otter and his odd party in the path of the Khota, who are bent on murdering Pearl after attempting to kill her new husband As those in the south head north, those in the north edge ever closer to the falls and Star Shell faces the temptations thrown in her path by the mask s power Adventure on the fresh water seas, facing one s fears, new love and of course the ever present fight for power, good versus evil, constantly striving to balance one another, all that andcan be found in this story of prehistoric North America Find out if the evil mask is destroyed or if it conquers those against it, who finds love and who comes to know themselves in People of the Lakes