Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.47 in
Published: March 11, 2009
Publisher: Tor Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765314401
ISBN - 13: 9780765314406
Read from the Book
People of the Nightland One THE WINTER OF ICEBACKED MAMMOTHS ... " H is name was Ti-Bish. Most people called him "the Idiot." He huddled in the lee of the snowdrift and stared out at the pine and spruce trees that rose like dark spears to threaten the star-glazed night sky. Wind Woman howled over the peaks of the Ice Giants and thrashed the dark forests, whipping branches back and forth. A camp of the Nine Pipes band of Sunpath People--down the hill in front of him--lay quiet and still. The people slept warmly in their conical lodges made from pole frames and covered with hides. Ti-Bish could hear the snoring. Somewhere on the far side of the village, a baby whimpered. He didn''t see any dogs. It was cold, very cold. The people must have brought the dogs into their lodges for the night. "They''re asleep," he murmured to himself. "All asleep. No one will see me." A tall gawky man with a boyish face and two long black braids, he had seen ten and nine summers. He pulled his bearskin cape more tightly around his skinny body, and hunched against the cold. Doing so pulled the straps tight on the floppy hide pack that hung down his back. On the wind, he heard the rasping sound of feathers shredding air. A bird? At this time of night? He craned his neck to look up. No great bird darkened the stars, but the constellation known as Horn Spoon Village had climbed high into the sky. At this time of year, it indicated that morning would be several hands of time behind the eastern horizon.
From the Publisher
It has been a thousand years since Wolf Dreamer lead his people up through the dark hole in the ice to a rich, untouched continent bursting with game. But the world has changed. Most of the magnificent animals are gone, and the last of the great glaciers is melting, forming a huge freshwater lake in the middle of the world. Over the centuries the People of the Wolf have split into two clans. The People of the Nightland live in the honeycomb of ice caves that skirt the glacier. The People of the Sunpath live in hide lodges to the south, hunting the few remaining mammoths, bison, giant sloths, and short-faced bear.
When a young orphaned boy named Silvertip receives a vision from Wolf Dreamer that their world is about to end, no one believes him--no one except a jaded war chief and a little girl. Led by Silvertip''s dream, the three of them must convince both people to leave the land of their ancestors and flee eastward as fast as they can before the Ice Giants destroy the world.
This is the sweeping saga of a visionary boy who led his people out of the path of one of the worst catastrophes in the history of the world, and the brave little girl who loved him enough to believe in his dream.
About the Author
KATHLEEN O''NEAL GEAR is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government''s Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation''s cultural heritage.
W. MICHAEL GEAR, who holds a master''s degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.
The Gears, whose First North American Series hit the international as well as USA Today bestseller lists, live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.