Kwani A beautiful woman born in the American southwest into the long extinct Anasazi tribe, long before Columbuswhose blue eyes marked her as a witch and set her apart from the Indian tribe that raised herFollowing her path of destiny in a vanished world of great stone cities and trackless wilderness warring tribes and mysterious trabelers from other lands, Kwani found love with Kokopelli, the Toltec magician, who rescued her from death and took her to the Place of the Eagle Clan There she was transformed from an outcast to the Chosen of the Gods, where she became She Who Remembers and taught young girls the ancient secrets only women knowsecrets that provided her with inner power to overcome and triumph and change her life forever Brilliantwell written, edited almost to perfection, great story line also brilliantly interesting loved this book it is very long, but kept my interest with a magnificent heroine, who goes through too much to be true, it is a captivating story. Because she is blue eyed, 16 y o Kwani is considered a witch by her people and is thrown out of her clan And here starts her oh so boring story.The very short prologue was intriguing enough as it involved Norses yay Norse people My joy was short lived though Unfortunately, the Norse were only mentioned so that we understand Kwani s eyes color you know, they came, they killed and they raped hence the blue eyes some indians got.And then, the story went like this Kwani I m alone in th Because she is blue eyed, 16 y o Kwani is considered a witch by her people and is thrown out of her clan And here starts her oh so boring story.The very short prologue was intriguing enough as it involved Norses yay Norse people My joy was short lived though Unfortunately, the Norse were only mentioned so that we understand Kwani s eyes color you know, they came, they killed and they raped hence the blue eyes some indians got.And then, the story went like this Kwani I m alone in the wilderness I need a man to protect me.Kwani Oh I have found a man in that cave He has a crooked foot but I don t care really Let s open my legs and he ll protect me.Kwani My new mate has met people and wants to trade with them Only, they don t want to No problemo I ll open my legs what s a little legs opening between friends, eh Kwani The stranger was kind and did not share me with his friends Yay And he s agreed to trade with my mate eventually Everything is perfectly okay.until one day crooked foot leaves because he wants to be back to his people And guess what Kwani No Oh no, no, no I need a man to protect me seriously The Apaches are around and they might catch me well, why don t you try a legs opening if they do, mmm Might workKwani Ah Here comes Kokopelli the magician The one whose seed is magic Ugh He has found me in a ravine and has saved me from sure death Now I have a man who will protect me.Kwani I feel ashamed I am healed now and I have tried a little legs opening but Kokopelli has rejected me My cheeks redden when I think about it.Kwani Kokopelli is taking me the the Eagle clan He says they ll accept me because he ll tell them to He is an important man to them, see Girls in the clans where he travels to go over their head to please him so that they re chosen to be the recipient of his magic seed snort Kwani Oh but I want him so much my young body has urges you know and it s been such a long time since crooked foot.Kwani At last, I could experience Kokopelli s baby maker My body is sated Yay But Kokopelli must go and he ll be back next spring Oh, but what am I going to do without his protection no kiddingKwani Ah but there s the Chief s son Handsome this one, and Kokopelli s been gone for a long time now and, you know, my body has urges and his man parts swell when he is near me blah, blah, blahAnd so on, and so forthuntil I thought I would pull my hair out.Well, at least I learnt what a mesa was For that and only that , I am glad I picked this book up I m not reviewing this one as such, just explaining why I never finished it My wife and I started reading this novel together, back in 1989, because it got a glowing endorsement on the back cover from Jean Auel, and we both greatly like her Earth s Children series, and her wonderful protagonist Ayla in particular Unfortunately, we both found Shuler s work to be in sharp contrast to Auel s The reaction we both had and I stated it at the time, though I don t recall the exact words , is that I m not reviewing this one as such, just explaining why I never finished it My wife and I started reading this novel together, back in 1989, because it got a glowing endorsement on the back cover from Jean Auel, and we both greatly like her Earth s Children series, and her wonderful protagonist Ayla in particular Unfortunately, we both found Shuler s work to be in sharp contrast to Auel s The reaction we both had and I stated it at the time, though I don t recall the exact words , is that while Ayla comes across as a 16 year old woman, and an adult can relate to her as to a fellow adult, Shuler s Kwani is clearly a 16 year old child even though she s in contexts where she badly needs to show a lotmaturity, and her culture would expect her to and her glaring childishness destroys any real possibility of relating sympathetically to her This experience tended to leave me with a permanent distrust for laudatory blurbs for any given book from other authors I ve always suspected though I never investigated it to confirm or disprove the idea that Auel and Shuler may have had the same publisher for their hardcover editions, and that the firm s management may have used their leverage to pressure Auel for an endorsement Ever want to know who this Kokopelli guy is You know the guy with the flute that s in so much native american art Well, now s your chance This books is a great mix of myth, fact, and entertaining fiction I suggest it for anyone 18 and older I think women would enjoy it , as it focuseson the female side of things But I d recomend it for men, too.Keep in mind, if you decide to read this, that the first time I read it was in college My Native American History professor had all of h Ever want to know who this Kokopelli guy is You know the guy with the flute that s in so much native american art Well, now s your chance This books is a great mix of myth, fact, and entertaining fiction I suggest it for anyone 18 and older I think women would enjoy it , as it focuseson the female side of things But I d recomend it for men, too.Keep in mind, if you decide to read this, that the first time I read it was in college My Native American History professor had all of his classes read it Ain t college odd