People of the Weeping Eye (North America's Forgotten Past)
People called Old White the "Seeker," a man never long with any people or place. For years he had wandered, leaving a trail of war, wonder, and broken love in his wake. Now he is headed home, called back by visions of chaos, blood, and fire. But there is more to the Seeker than most know. He is a man driven by a secret so terrible it may topple the greatest city in North America. When the far-off Katsinas told Old White it was time to go home, he had no idea that his journey would take him to the head of the Mississippi, where he would encounter the mystical Two Petals--a youngsoul woman obsessed with Spirit Power, who lives life backwards. But before Two Petals can find her way out of the future, Old White must heal the rift in her tortured soul. To do so, he will need the help of Trader, a loner consumed by his own dark past. People of the Weeping Eye is an epic set against the might and majesty of the great Mississippian Chiefdoms. The Gears have breathed new life into North America's forgotten heritage with a sweeping saga that will forever change your appreciation of our country.
The Great Mississippian Peoples
By Ellie Reasoner - April 20, 2008
It'd been years since I last read a volume in this series, but I am glad I renewed my interest in these novels, because People of the Weeping Eye is one of the best books the Gears have published so far. I liked the fact it is set in more historically recent times (the books that took place during the ice age or even the so-called archaic period sometimes felt too removed to be relevant) and loved the tie-ins to Aztecan and other contemporaneous cultures who shared the hemisphere with the mound building Mississippians. As always, the authors of the series have brought an underlying genre into the story itself, and while I won't give away what that was this time, I will say it was not a murder mystery, like Peoples of the Mist, nor a quest tale, such as Peoples of the Lakes, nor a cautionary tale, as was Peoples of the River. Peoples of the Weeping Eye is something altogether unique among these works.
This series brings the gift of truly leading a reader out into... read more
superb ancient North American thriller
By Harriet Klausner - April 19, 2008
Almost a millennium ago, an advanced civilization existed on what is now the Moundsville section of Alabama. Split Sky City had one thousand inhabitants with giant palisades and mounds built as a gate to protect the citizens. Like suburbs, additional villages were located nearby along the river and occasionally one tribe conquered another. Alligator Town has been attacked and the Chief Clan of the Sky People avenges them with a daring raid.
While this is transpiring, Trader, who left the city after killing his brother, also left behind the woman he loves. He becomes a Trader journeying far and wide seeing things few men have ever observed. In one village, he hits the mother lode of copper, and meets Old White also known as Seeker. Old White also left the city under a cloud; he too became a Trader reaching the Aztec Civilization in the south and the icy tundra in the north. His dreams led him to Two Petals, a powerful mystic, who sees and acts the opposite way of most... read more
By Sun Set - April 28, 2008
The Gears write top rate prehistoric fiction out doing Auel 200%. I have read every North American novel published by the Gears and all are extraordinary. I live close to prehistoric mounds and this book gave me an idea to the people I have wondered so much about. It took me a second to sort and remember all the characters in this book but other than that it was interesting and full of adventure. Pay close attention to the vivid images and you can imagine the actual people and their homes and the South East in 1200AD. The Gears lay it out from herbal preparations to Indian lore to the type of food the Mound builders enjoyed. I cannot wait till People of the Thunder.