Layered With Adventure and Heart I love how the Gears write an opener to each of the stories that is set in modern times I enjoy the way they link the past to the present I also appreciate how the issues of today are echoed in the truths of the ancients.This tale has domestic abuse, incest, and strife It shows the impact of environmental change on its society and how it literally altered the landscape of the world I was so sad with the loss of the Mammoths, especially as I see so many specie Layered With Adventure and Heart I love how the Gears write an opener to each of the stories that is set in modern times I enjoy the way they link the past to the present I also appreciate how the issues of today are echoed in the truths of the ancients.This tale has domestic abuse, incest, and strife It shows the impact of environmental change on its society and how it literally altered the landscape of the world I was so sad with the loss of the Mammoths, especially as I see so many species in danger of extinction today.The Gears hit the mark again by writing intriguing characters, exciting adventures, and surprising twists The struggle for Kestrel to find independence from an abusive husband, withstand a birth unaided while being pursued, and battling to survive in a prehistoric landscape are incredible To add the layer of emotion that allows the reader to connect to the insecurities of the Dreamer and the sense of being abandoned by the spirit world to face destruction was genius I definitely recommend this book, especially if you love historical fiction or Native American lore In essence this is the story of a young wife who escapes her homicidal husband after suffering domestic violence and turning to another man because of loneliness Her lover is killed and she flees, pursued Running parallel with this and gradually intermeshing is the tale of a spiritual leader struggling to understand the changes taking place in his world Now put this story back a few thousand years into just post glacial America and a whole new dimension opens up.My only problem with the Gea In essence this is the story of a young wife who escapes her homicidal husband after suffering domestic violence and turning to another man because of loneliness Her lover is killed and she flees, pursued Running parallel with this and gradually intermeshing is the tale of a spiritual leader struggling to understand the changes taking place in his world Now put this story back a few thousand years into just post glacial America and a whole new dimension opens up.My only problem with the Gears is that they always start with a scientific stance the evidence of archeological digs and research yet introduce fantasy elements such as real contact with spirits, witchcraft, possession etc that contradict the physical One has to be patient with this unfortunate anomaly because the stories are often quite entertaining but they would work just as well with a bit of harsh reality I m starting to see a pattern with these books Although the descriptions of plants and animals and people was intriguing, in the end its basically a downer too much violence and hatred, the dying mammoths, the sickness of the people all contribute to this being depressing. A spellbinding tale of life and love, death and adventure, in North America eleven thousand years ago, when mammoths roamed the continent Award winning archaeologists Michael and Kathleen Gear, using the best archaeological information, have created a stunning vision of our pre history, and of the men and women who lived in this rapidly changing world The great glaciers that cover the Sierra Nevada mountains are melting, destroying the habitats of the great elephants, lions and short faced bears and giving birth to the rich land that will become California The few thousand people who have settled along the coast struggle to understand as the world around them changes Where have the mastodons gone And why are the mammoths disappearing The seer Sunchaser would ordinarily visit the Spirit World and return with answers but he has lost his way Meanwhile his rival, Catchstraw, has discovered witchcraft as a way to Power at the expense of his soul And what will it mean to the people when a beautiful fugitive arrives Kestrel, born in Arizona s marsh country, is running from her mad husband, desperately hoping for sanctuary on the coast But if the Spirits are taking the mammoths now, what will they do should the people shelter an evil woman Surely they should deliver her to her husband, who will kill her and who has his own link to the Spirit World through the pitiful, mummified corpse of his little son Must Sunchaser choose between the woman he comes to love and the continuation of his world He knows full well that either choice will damn him This is the third or fourth book that I ve read in this series, and the stories are beginning to feel a bit too formulaic I did not enjoy this one as much as the others Seemed to drag on too long Insertion of patriarchal gender roles and strict monogamy seems forced When Wolfdreamer speaks to Sunchaser about the civilization that will develop in that area far in the future, it smacks of impressing colonial and Western ideals of progress on an Indigenous culture Any of the text in Italics This is the third or fourth book that I ve read in this series, and the stories are beginning to feel a bit too formulaic I did not enjoy this one as much as the others Seemed to drag on too long Insertion of patriarchal gender roles and strict monogamy seems forced When Wolfdreamer speaks to Sunchaser about the civilization that will develop in that area far in the future, it smacks of impressing colonial and Western ideals of progress on an Indigenous culture Any of the text in Italics bored lost me I still garnered mild enjoyment from reading it, hence the three stars I adore this series of novels Written like fiction but researched by writers who archaeologists and historians, the books really shine if you like early north american history They cover from the ice age to just prior to European explorers, so it s fascinating This is one of the best of the series. Kestrel gets pregnant when her abusive husband is away on a trading trip When caught she runs away to another clan along the prehistoric Pacific coast She is hunted in revenge The author fails to tie in the present day leading chapter with the remaining prehistoric main section of the book. After reading this book I stopped reading the series I was hoping it would get better but it was the same story in a different setting Boring nice depiction from white writers.I like his stories