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Time of the Eagle

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Time of the Eagle

Avala has lived her life without modern-day electricity, running water or box office movies and rock concerts. To her, electricity is the flash of lightning during a thunderstorm; running water is the cool, clear mountain stream from where she drinks; and entertainment is the vibrant storytelling around the campfire and the flutes and drums of the tribal musicians. She adores her small band of people, called the Shinali, and shows her love by caring for them with the amazing healing skills she has learned from her mother and grandmother. Avala is happy except for two things: she never met her father, who died before she was born, and her small tribe of people is constantly running for its lives.

Long ago, an evil man with astonishing powers named Jaganath became ruler of the land. He terrorized the different tribes with his mighty soldiers by killing, stealing territories and capturing slaves. The Shinali barely escaped from Jaganath, losing many people and even their homes. Ever since, they have been on the run, roaming from place to place and hiding from Jaganath’s soldiers. However, the Shinali hold dear to their hearts the God-given prophecy stating that one day all of the warring clans will reunite and then together destroy the evil that Jaganath has created. This rebirth will be called the Time of the Eagle.

Then, the day arrives for the celebration of Avala’s 16th birthday. The entire tribe gathers for a feast, music and gifts. Part of the custom is for Avala to kneel before the Holy Man for a blessing. No one is more surprised than Avala when, during the blessing, a second prophesy emerges --- one that states that Avala will be an important part of the Time of the Eagle, responsible for reuniting the different warring clans. Avala hesitates to take on this enormous task, not feeling strong enough, brave enough or important enough to know even where to begin.

But the first step takes care of itself when Avala is taken captive by a member of the Igaal tribe. It’s difficult being away from her family and friends, among strangers with different customs and languages, but Avala’s time with the Igaals isn’t all horrible. For one, she shares her special healing talents, saving many people’s lives. Then there’s the handsome carver named Ishtok. But will Avala be able to overcome her anger at being enslaved, her sadness at missing her family, and her fear of accepting the prophecy’s responsibility?

This wonderful story is a sequel to Sherryl Jordan’s SECRET SACRAMENT, but one does not need to have read the first book in order to fully enjoy the many gifts offered by TIME OF THE EAGLE. This historical novel travels swiftly through the many pages of colorful descriptions, high-energy action and beautiful words shared between memorable characters.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on July 1, 2007

Time of the Eagle
by Sherryl Jordan

  • Publication Date: July 1, 2007
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Eos
  • ISBN-10: 006059554X
  • ISBN-13: 9780060595548