This must me my 22nd book I ve read from the People series It s written by a husband and wife team, both are Archaeologists The People series cover the first North Americans, this one taking place around Ontario and Newfoundland You don t have to read the books in order, each one tells it s own story.I loved this story, as I have all the others This one coversspirits and spirit helpers, etc compared to the others D Once again the Gears have brought us back to a time in the beginning, where, once again power is loose In the ancient forests of modern day Ontario and New York, is Painted Rocks Village, where a young boy lives This boy is called the False Face Child by those who fear him but goes by the name Rumbler among friends and family In Walksalong village, Jumping Badger, their war leader has convinced the matrons to attack Rumbler s village and kidnap him in order to use his power for their own, des Once again the Gears have brought us back to a time in the beginning, where, once again power is loose In the ancient forests of modern day Ontario and New York, is Painted Rocks Village, where a young boy lives This boy is called the False Face Child by those who fear him but goes by the name Rumbler among friends and family In Walksalong village, Jumping Badger, their war leader has convinced the matrons to attack Rumbler s village and kidnap him in order to use his power for their own, despite Blue Raven and his niece Little Wren casting their votes against the raid Jumping Badger succeeds in the raid but in the process starts to lose his sanity and souls Rumbler is brought to Walksalong Village but it doesn t bode well for him Two of his captors and a matron die mysteriously upon his arrival, casting a dark shadow on his presence The village then decides that the boy is evil and has brought bad luck to the village and afraid that others will die, they condemn him to death Blue Raven and Wren take pity on him and offer what little comfort they can Blue Raven is ordered to sit vigil on the death hill for him Unexpectedly Wren saves Rumbler and together they set off through the forest Jumping Badger learns of the boy s disappearance and mounts a search party to kill the boy and bring Wren back for punishment, despite the voice he hears in his head, haunting him As the two children flee for their lives, they decide they must turn to Rumbler s father for support and safety His father is whispered to be a forest spirit known as The Disowned Fighting the snow, disagreeing nations and the unknown, the children continue on Read on as the Gears weave a tale through the winding paths and trails to see if the children survive or if Jumping Badger tracks them down, sealing their fates This is the 8th book I ve read in the series and I ve enjoyed them all I very much appreciate that the authors attempt to stay close to fact as possible using historical, archeological and anthropological findings as we understand them It is certainly fiction, entertaining, but also provides a glimpse of how Native Peoples lived As I read this particular I thought it would make a great movie Suspenseful all the way through. This takes place in the Lake Erie Lake Ontario region with the Iroquois about 800 AD The prologue present story is about Maureen Cole a Seneca physical anthropologist who s husband recently died A friend of hers asks her come take a look at a new digsite where she meets Dusty Stewart who s in charge of the digsite At first they butt heads, but I think they re perfect for each other The main story begins with Silver Sparrow, elder of Earth Thunderer Village trying to warn Paint Rock villag This takes place in the Lake Erie Lake Ontario region with the Iroquois about 800 AD The prologue present story is about Maureen Cole a Seneca physical anthropologist who s husband recently died A friend of hers asks her come take a look at a new digsite where she meets Dusty Stewart who s in charge of the digsite At first they butt heads, but I think they re perfect for each other The main story begins with Silver Sparrow, elder of Earth Thunderer Village trying to warn Paint Rock village that Jumping Badger and the Walksalong village is going to attack and steal Rumbler, the False Face Child a dwarf who has special powers, but they don t believe him Rumbler is kidnapped and his village wiped out From then on the story is basically how Walksalong village decide they made a mistake and try to kill Rumbler to remove a curse, but he is rescued by 12 yr old Wren They are chased by two groups Wren s uncle, who later is joined by Dust Moon and Sparrow, Rumbler s grandparents The second group is Jumping Badger with 20 Walksalong warriors intending to kill them all Jumping Badger goes mad He is convinced that Dust has placed a curse on him and if he kills Rumbler he ll be okay It s interesting how most of these books involve one or two parties the bad guys and or good guys chasing one or two weaker good guys Blue Raven, Dust Moon and Elk Ivory are the voices of reason in this one and three of favorite characters along with Wren I like the mention of the different herbal uses Papaw to ease pain, Yew for fevers, etc And there are alot of good and happy moments when the bad guys are stopped and the families and villages come together in peace One thing though if these are supposed to be people of the masks, then why is the use of masks mentioned so little without a whole lot explanation about how it fits into the story But I cringe over the cruelty done to those that other s perceive to have done something wrong and during the attacks on other villages, though I know that what happened and still does in some areas of the world We really haven t advanced much through the centuries Fave scenes Lamedeer s last stand in the cave, Wren and Rambler s time in the oak tree cave and the storm A Little Something for Everyone humor, heartbreak, horror, and so muchI loved the characters in this novel I loved the relationships between Rumbler and Wren It was also interesting to see how these two children faced the hardships a prehistoric landscape and politically charged power struggle presented.Though the story is very suspenseful, it also has humor in the pages It is a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it You don t have to be a historical fiction fan to apprecia A Little Something for Everyone humor, heartbreak, horror, and so muchI loved the characters in this novel I loved the relationships between Rumbler and Wren It was also interesting to see how these two children faced the hardships a prehistoric landscape and politically charged power struggle presented.Though the story is very suspenseful, it also has humor in the pages It is a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it You don t have to be a historical fiction fan to appreciate this book There s so much it offers to readers that I wouldn t try to diminish its value by limiting it to one particular genre If you love reading, then you are such to love this novel This book covers the Iroquois Nation, which has been a huge influence on our country s history before it became the United States and in the structure of the government itself This book does a wonderful job of showing us how our Native American ancestors lived, believed, and helped to shape the world we live in The Gears, a husband and wife writing team who are both professional archaeologists anthropologists, have produced an extended series of these People books, which tell stories of the pre Columbian peoples of North America, ranging all over the continent as well as different points in a history that spans millennia, from the arrival of the first humans on the continent to just before the age of European colonialism The books do not need to be read in order People of the Masks tells the story The Gears, a husband and wife writing team who are both professional archaeologists anthropologists, have produced an extended series of these People books, which tell stories of the pre Columbian peoples of North America, ranging all over the continent as well as different points in a history that spans millennia, from the arrival of the first humans on the continent to just before the age of European colonialism The books do not need to be read in order People of the Masks tells the story of Rumbler, a young boy who sees his entire village massacred and is himself taken into slavery because of his supposed supernatural powers He manages to escape his captors, and the rest of the book details his flight and his pursuit both by his erstwhile captors and by distant relatives who wish to protect him Each character, in typical Gear fashion, is painstakingly and believably rendered, making this a complex story that builds to a satisfying climax and resolution I found myself cheering for Rumbler and his friends, characters I grew to love.I deeply appreciate the Gears People series While of necessity fiction, each book is based on detailed academic research The settings and peoples are always realistically drawn, even if the books contain a few mystical elements The entire series is a needed corrective to the Eurocentric view of history most of us were taught in the West, which virtually ignores North America until the arrival of the colonists This book is a special treat in this regard, as the epilogue neatly situates the story within the wider context of world events without taking away from the unique history of its main subjects To a student of history, this ending is a delightful surprise I highly recommend all the People books, but this one may be one of my favorites I have not been able to put this series down since I first found it a few months ago It is written by a husband and wife who are both Archaeologists They have written a series of books called The First North Americans, as well as each writing their own individual books Though the stories are mainly fictional, they are supplemented by real archaeological and historical findings and facts Very intense at moments and really sad at others, overall, an excellent read. I have not been able to put this series down since I first found it a few months ago It is written by a husband and wife who are both Archaeologists They have written a series of books called The First North Americans, as well as each writing their own individual books Though the stories are mainly fictional, they are supplemented by real archaeological and historical findings and facts Very intense at moments and really sad at others, overall, an excellent read. It is very easy to see the First Americans series as a bit formulaic sometimes there is nearly always an evil psychopath with ardent followers, a young gentle male mystic with great power lying within him, a wise old sage, a sceptical tribe, and a heroic young woman All you have to do is change the setting and the time of year and you have the gist of the story People of the Masks is no exception to this rule yet, as always, the Gears manage to make the story interesting, even quite gr It is very easy to see the First Americans series as a bit formulaic sometimes there is nearly always an evil psychopath with ardent followers, a young gentle male mystic with great power lying within him, a wise old sage, a sceptical tribe, and a heroic young woman All you have to do is change the setting and the time of year and you have the gist of the story People of the Masks is no exception to this rule yet, as always, the Gears manage to make the story interesting, even quite gripping at times I often find it very hard to put the books down I dislike the implication that communication with a spirit world and mighty beings gods is and was a common event at ANY time but, occasionally, the Gears manage to just hint that this is actually just some interpretation of psychosis or self inflicted hardship Phew I d hate to be suckered into some fantasy novel rather than historical fiction As the prophets have foretold, a child of power has been born unto the Turtle People of the Iroquois Nation The Elders call him False Face Child, for he is the son of a powerful spirit A living talisman, the child has inhuman eyes black mirrors, ageless and deep and all fear himAll but Jumping Badger, the most powerful war leader of the Bear People He destroys an entire village to take the boy to use as a spiritual weapon But his triumph is short lived The Bear People suffer terrible visions and hear the voices of the spirits Strange ailments and mysterious deaths take them one by oneThough he is a seer, False Face Child is also a sad and lonely young boy named Rumbler Twelve year old Wren befriends him and together they escape across the winter landscape of New York and Ontario with Jumping Badger close behind He now fears the boy s power and seeks to kill him Their only hope is to stay alive long enough to find Rumbler s legendary father, known only as The DisownedAn epic journey, People of the Masks is another riveting volume in New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W Michael Gear and Kathleen O Neal Gear s North America s Forgotten Past series