The moon had reached its maximum three times since the Chacoans conquered the First Moon People The Chaco matrons had built their Great House high atop First Moon Mountain, and their warriors stalked arrogantly through the villages, taking what they pleased But the gods can only stand so much human arroganceCold Bringing Woman, the goddess of winter, calls upon young Ripple to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the hated Chacoans But Ripple will not face the task alone he is aided by his stalwart friends Wrapped Wrist, a short lothario Spots, scarred at birth, and aide to the frightening witch, Nightshade and Bad Cast, a simple family man, who will do anything to free his peopleBut the blessed matrons will brook no insurgency In retaliation, war chief Leather Hand and his warriors embark on a campaign of terror so gruesome it remains unrivaled in the annals of prehistory It all comes to a climax atop the mountain we now know as Chimney Rock In the white light of the lunar maximum, the Pueblo gods will dance and an empire will be engulfed in flames and mayhemFrom New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W Michael Gear and Kathleen O Neal Gear, People of the Moon is a story of North America s Forgotten Past the battles fought, the heroes made, and the cultures that thrived in America s prehistory


10 thoughts on “People of the Moon

  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    This is the first book in the series that I would actually say you should read others before reading it It very closely ties in to the book People of the Silence so I would say you should read them in order That being said, if you skip this one in the series, I don t really feel like you would miss much.The First People, under the new command of Webworm, still are not doing as well as they should They are oppressing the people and when drought and pests destroy the crops, a desperate act by f This is the first book in the series that I would actually say you should read others before reading it It very closely ties in to the book People of the Silence so I would say you should read them in order That being said, if you skip this one in the series, I don t really feel like you would miss much.The First People, under the new command of Webworm, still are not doing as well as they should They are oppressing the people and when drought and pests destroy the crops, a desperate act by farmers to steal food is brought low by retaliation and cannibalism A new Dreamer has arrived though and he has seen the end of the First People, but the question remains as to whether people will follow their heart or follow the dream.I can t say I really liked any of the characters They weren t developed and there were so many bouncing around that it was hard to keep track of them all And you didn t get a conclusion on many of them that wraps their stories up, so even if you did care for them, you may not know what happened to them Nightshade was as spooky as she s been in previous books, but since she s older it s somehow not as menacing And again there is madness that plagues the antagonists in this book That seems to be one of the only ways people are truly bad in these books.This book was long and drawn out It bounced around from place to place and I felt that some of the plot was just put in there at random without a lot of thought given to it I actually had a hard time reading this one, it took me about three times longer than normal to read a book of this size And it s because I had to keep stopping because I wasn t interested in what was going on A plus would be there was a lot of history and lore in this book Clothing, rituals, etc was detailed and it helped explained what happened in that period of history But unfortunately the actual plot just didn t have enough going for it.Probably one of my least favorites in the series I only have a few books left in the series though, so here s hoping they are better People of the MoonCopyright 2005603 pagesReview by M Reynard 2014More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com


  2. Nora Peevy Nora Peevy says:

    Having lived in the southwest for almost a decade and touring some of the historical sites, I think the authors did a superb job But then, they are archaeologists and historians I d expect nothing but an accurate story The characters are great The story is engaging love, revenge, redemption, war, destruction, and salvation I haven t read the other thirteen books in this series, but I m going to read them all now I had no problems reading this as a stand alone novel I highly recommend th Having lived in the southwest for almost a decade and touring some of the historical sites, I think the authors did a superb job But then, they are archaeologists and historians I d expect nothing but an accurate story The characters are great The story is engaging love, revenge, redemption, war, destruction, and salvation I haven t read the other thirteen books in this series, but I m going to read them all now I had no problems reading this as a stand alone novel I highly recommend this book to anyone, but if you aren t into detailed historical fiction, you re going to want to get somethingfluffy Me, I like a little gristle in my story


  3. Julie Julie says:

    This used archaeological evidence to fabric a story about why the Anasazi may have left Chaco Canyon It was a great story, well crafted and most enjoyable I love these books.


  4. Camille Siddartha Camille Siddartha says:

    It was a goodread.


  5. Susan Turner Susan Turner says:

    Good read, part of the series Intersting learning the culture, religion, etc I have enjoyed nearly all the books in the series.


  6. Katie Rhodig Katie Rhodig says:

    Take a step back in time as the Gears transport you back to the site we know as Chimney Rock, in modern day Colorado This site is called First Moon Mountain in People of the Moon Set just a few after years after People of the Silence, People of the Moon answers the questions the reader is left with after Silence and at the end of the Anasazi Mystery trilogy The First People have controlled the Chacoans Moon People The story follows young Ripple, a new visionary for his people Cold Bringin Take a step back in time as the Gears transport you back to the site we know as Chimney Rock, in modern day Colorado This site is called First Moon Mountain in People of the Moon Set just a few after years after People of the Silence, People of the Moon answers the questions the reader is left with after Silence and at the end of the Anasazi Mystery trilogy The First People have controlled the Chacoans Moon People The story follows young Ripple, a new visionary for his people Cold Bringing Woman has given Ripple a quest to follow, to destroy the First People Ripple is not alone in his quest, his friends, Bad Cast, Wrapped Wrist and Spots follow suit as power leads them on their own paths of the vision Wrapped Wrist finds the warrior inside him as he saves the warrior woman Crow Woman Bad Cast is just a simple farmer with a small family but who will do anything to save his people and is tired of the foolish First People and their haughty ways Spots becomes helper to the Mountain Witch, Nightshade despite his family history with power and their destruction in fire As the friends journey through Ripple s vision and Cold Bringing Woman s plan, god will fight god and clan with fight clan The First People s matrons do not want to hear of this vision, and send out warriors, lead by the twisted Leather Hand to find Ripple and make renounce the vision and pay for his insolence like his parents before him Readers will feel sand blast them as the wind whips around the villages and tempers run high The former First People matron Nightsun and her former war chief Ironwood re appear along with the beloved characters of Poor Singer and Cornsilk The pinnacle of their story is reached amid breaths of snow and ash as the old ways and gods are pushed aside as the First People are challenged with a new way and a new world


  7. Theresa Theresa says:

    My son s mother in law is Navaho so I was looking forward to reading this particular book But when I came across the part where Leather Hand and his warriors eat their prisoners, I about put it down I know this stuff happened, I just don t like reading it So I continued, deciding to skip those parts when they came The story its self was interesting, though I got a bit confused with the character s names This is the firt book in the series that actually is a real sequel to the previous Wh My son s mother in law is Navaho so I was looking forward to reading this particular book But when I came across the part where Leather Hand and his warriors eat their prisoners, I about put it down I know this stuff happened, I just don t like reading it So I continued, deciding to skip those parts when they came The story its self was interesting, though I got a bit confused with the character s names This is the firt book in the series that actually is a real sequel to the previous While the rest may have mentioned the past, they kinda of skipped over a bit of time or changed locations This one referred to alot of the same areas, history and people as the previous Following Ripple, Bad Cast, Wrapped Wrist and Spots as they traveled around each following their own destiny was interesting Their lives constantly crossed Ripple again had particularly bad time when he was severely tortured, but I was proud of how brave he was While I understand the need for the Made people to be overthrown, it s still sad that a whole race had to be wiped out I hope the chaos that occured afterwards settles down into a peaceful way of life for the poor people who just want to care for their familes in safety Hopefully we shall see in the next book The various romances in the book were both tragic and heartwarming, as people either learned to trust one another or to be self sacrificing for the good of the people Fave scene Hard to say as the book had so many special moments But the part where Wrapped Wrist rescues Crow Women from Leather Hand s men keeps coming to mind


  8. Theresa Theresa says:

    People of the moon By Kathleen O Neal Gear and W Michael Gearit has been quoted form Robert Frost that the world will end in either fire or ice, in this book by the Gears brings to question, what if it s both The Strait path nation is coming to an end, like the never ending spiral of the world it has completed its cycle Webworm like his counterpart Nero seems to be dancing as the world burns literally around him For the first time the Gears have brought together two great cast of characters, People of the moon By Kathleen O Neal Gear and W Michael Gearit has been quoted form Robert Frost that the world will end in either fire or ice, in this book by the Gears brings to question, what if it s both The Strait path nation is coming to an end, like the never ending spiral of the world it has completed its cycle Webworm like his counterpart Nero seems to be dancing as the world burns literally around him For the first time the Gears have brought together two great cast of characters, Night sun and Ironwood from people of the silence, and the powerful dreamer Nightshade They have both seen the destruction of the world as they know, have come here to witness the battle of the Gods, as they see the world s self destruction In the book we are introduced to four young new characters, four close childhood friends Ripple, a young dreamer, brought into power by the gods themselves only to be tortured by the Strait Path matron Larksbird The robust and endowed Wrapped wrist, who thought it, wasfun to play dalliances then any service to his clan or family Bad Cast a young husband looked up to by all his friends for his jolly nature, and loving wife Finally Spots, a scared and lonely man who believes he has nothing to look forward to They all find that sacrifice for family friends and the gods will bring them the greatest of things but cost them the most dearly What choices would you make if on one hand you could have the love of life, and all the things you dreamed about, or give up everything to save the world


  9. Katie Katie says:

    Book club read, because it is written by a local authors I tried for 114 pages.Strike 1 Lengthy, dry descriptions of southern Colorado Northern New Mexico terrain Specifics about what each of many different character sees to the north, south, east, and west The descriptions did not help me create a picture in my mind as much as make it clear that the authors are definitely scientists archeologists first and authors second Strike 2 I couldn t reconcile the time period of the native tr Book club read, because it is written by a local authors I tried for 114 pages.Strike 1 Lengthy, dry descriptions of southern Colorado Northern New Mexico terrain Specifics about what each of many different character sees to the north, south, east, and west The descriptions did not help me create a picture in my mind as much as make it clear that the authors are definitely scientists archeologists first and authors second Strike 2 I couldn t reconcile the time period of the native tribes, approximately 1200 A.D or so, with the use of modern language words and elements They talk to themselves and each other like it s the 21st century I get that we can t know exactly how they might have spoken but your mama style jokes were too much of a stretch Strike 3 Overkill on the sexual content From regular references to both male and female body parts to frequent joking, speculating and indulging in sexual thoughts and encounters it was kind of like a bad romance novel set in the early americas interspersed with the tedious landscape descriptions noted above So 3 strikes, this book s out It s over 500 pages long and I m just not interested in spending time finishing it


  10. Tricia Tricia says:

    It is actuallylike a 3 1 2 I have read almost all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them all This is the first one that I struggled with I think mostly because it referred to many times to events in the People of the Silence, whereas the others you can read as a self contained book All of the other books in the series I have given 4 5 stars I think I would have scored this higher if I had read The People of the Silence and this book closer together I read another book in t It is actuallylike a 3 1 2 I have read almost all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them all This is the first one that I struggled with I think mostly because it referred to many times to events in the People of the Silence, whereas the others you can read as a self contained book All of the other books in the series I have given 4 5 stars I think I would have scored this higher if I had read The People of the Silence and this book closer together I read another book in the series in between these two That is something I would recommend to others reading the series.The story is about a character named Ripple who is visited by a goddess The goddess has chosen Ripple as a conduit for the destruction of the First People What follows is war, cannibalism and starvation as the Made People attempt to overthrow the Frist People There are the usual characters of dreamers that you see in these books and the reference to the find by the archaeologists at the start of the book both are trademarks of these authors.Despite my issues with the book I can t fault the way the author has researched the material You can tall both of them know their stuff and it makes the book believable They are a good series and I recommend them all