After the US is ravaged by ecological disasters, Maya Roberts, a young herbalist, must travel in the hazardous high desert to find healing plants for her community, which has been stricken by some new, fatal illness. There, she encounters a remarkably peculiar Navajo named Howling Sky, who is able to trigger rare phenomena - impossible occurrences. But is Howling Sky a man - or a ghost? Can Maya come to terms with the dangers implicit in a despoiled earth, restore her loved ones to health, and acknowledge her destiny as a shaman's apprentice? Can she discover love?
Listeners are invited to travel to what's left of the West, to the Islands of California, where a cure for the new disease has been reported. Maya, now Question Woman, mentored by Howling Sky, must resolve her past in the house where she once lived and must deal with obstacles that threaten her return to the people who need her, and where her loyalties lie.
G. Miki Hayden's Navajo research provides an authentic cultural background in regard to the shamanistic details; her startling imagination supplies the rest.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
A very intriguing mystery, part supernatural and some part of romance, the reader and the listeners if this book will remember this book for a long time.
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This was an interesting dystopian novel combined with some Navajo spiritualism. I think the part I most enjoyed were the bits of Navajo culture and philosophy. The characters were really interesting and I liked the fact that the main character, Maya (AKA Question Woman) practices healing as an herbalist. This book keeps a pretty steady pace all the way to the end. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Gary Roelofs. I think his voice was perfect for the narration. He did a great job with the different voices and was a pleasure to listen to. Overall, I think this is an interesting take on the dystopian novel, and am looking forward to reading more by this author.
What did you love best about Question Woman & Howling Sky?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Make Phillip Mather the narrator in the MOVIE!
Any additional comments?
Yet again, looking forward to more from P.Mather!