She Who Remembers

Linda Lay Shuler, Author Arbor House Publishing $18.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-87795-892-5
Set in the American Southwest during the 13th century, Shuler's absorbing first novel portrays Kwani, an intrepid young Pueblo Indian of the Anasazi tribe whose fortitude is severely tested. The daughter of a Viking invader, Kwani is exiled from her clan because her blue eyes mark her as a witch. She is found by Kokopelli, a charismatic Toltec nobleman renowned as a magician, teacher and healer. Dazzled by his mystique, Kwani willingly accompanies Kokopelli to the Eagle Clan's encampment, where he makes her his mate, later leaving her with the tribe during his arduous winter travels. Kwani assumes the honorary title of She Who Remembers, keeper of tribal secrets and spiritual powers. Once again, however, she is accused of being a witch and is driven away just as Kokopelli returns. Together, they set off on a hazardous trek, in which they encounter other men who desire Kwani and her mystic powers. The plot sometimes moves slowly, and, aside from Kwani, the characterizations are superficial. Nevertheless, Shuler's exhaustive research lends authenticity to her vivid, fascinating descriptions of Indian society and culture. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (April)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
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