The Spur Award-winning author of the three-million-copy bestselling Spanish Bit Saga makes his hardcover debut. Coldsmith uses an actual historic event in the early 18th century as the basis of a tale of rebellion and redemption among the Plains tribes who populate his fictional world.The Spur Award-winning author of the three-million-copy bestselling Spanish Bit Saga makes his hardcover debut. Coldsmith uses an actual historic event in the early 18th century as the basis of a tale of rebellion and redemption among the Plains tribes who populate his fictional world.Read Less
Walks in the Sun is a simple but thoroughly enjoyable tale about a band of plains Indians making a journey to Central America. Like all of Mr. Coldsmith?s stories, there is nothing complex or particularly deep. This is a western, after all, and conforming to the genre, the heroes are brave, the women are true and the words are short and simple. What makes Mr. Coldsmith stand out from other writers is his unique perspective. Usually writing from a native point of view, Mr. Coldsmith?s novels are a refreshing breeze. Whether it?s the introduction of the horse (the Trail of the Spanish Bit series) or, in this case, a band aboriginal Odysseuses, Coldsmith manages to find unique stories in an otherwise worn and clichéd genre.
Jan 27, 2009
they went too far south
Walks in the Sun is a young medicine man who, along with Blue Jay, a sub chief, and about a dozen other warriors decide to ride south in search of a better winter camp than was chosen by the elder chieftains. What starts out as an exploring party of young braves looking for some fun and excitement turns into a quest to find a place that is "always warm". Is there such a place? Blue Jay wants to know. They run into a friendly tribe than has a woman slave from the far south. They barter for her, and with her knowledge and her ability to speak several languages the group fearlessly head on south. They encounter a large salty body of water, "Jaguar men" (who are cannibals), swamps, huge snakes, thunder-lizards (Alligators), volcanoes, ruins of a temple built like a mountain, all kinds of bugs and and a killing fever carried by mosquitos which were everywhere in the swamp. They lose half of their men before they decide they have gone far enough and seen enouth. Yes, they have found a land with no snow or ice, but they decide that there are too many "bad" things to compensate for the mild weather. The "Sacred Hills" of home looks very appealing. This is all told at the Sun Dance by Walks in the Sun. Will anyone believe him?
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