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Two ancient tribes on the verge of making peace become foes once more when a double murder jeopardizes a storyteller’s mission

Eighty centuries ago, in the frozen land that is now Alaska, a clubfooted male child had been left to die, when a woman named K’os rescued him. Twenty years later and no longer a child, Chakliux occupies the revered role as his tribe’s storyteller. In the neighboring village of the Near River people, where Chakliux will attempt to make peace by wedding the shaman’s daughter, a double murder occurs that sends him on a harsh, enthralling journey in search of the truth about the tragic losses his people have suffered, and into the arms of a woman he was never meant to love.

Song of the River is the first book of the Storyteller Trilogy, which also includes Cry of the Wind and Call Down the Stars.

©1997 Sue Harrison (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Rape Revenge

Why villianize a woman getting a woman for getting revenge for rape and yet allow men in the same story revenge for lessor crimes. Rape ruins entire lives and happiness. Young trauma is nearly impossible to reverse.

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Beach Book

The narrator was fine. The beginning of the book is dramatic and the mystery element was good. However, overall, this book was humdrum and oddly boring. I found myself losing interest in the characters and wishing the story would come to an end. I will not be reading the rest of the trilogy. I am so disappointed! But this would be fine for a beach read. Even if you nod off- you can still follow the story and not miss much.

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NOT like Ivory Carver Trilogy

I just listened to all 3 books in the Ivory Carver Trilogy and I LOVED THEM. The narrator was great, the story line was great. I really enjoyed it. So I jumped right in to Song of the River and it SUCKKKKS. The narrator is terrible. I hate when men try to speak for a women. He sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire. And the story starts with rape, then the girl does some things afterwards that make me question the fact that the author is a woman because I couldnt never see shoving moss and leafs where the girl claims she did. Things got worse from there. I turned it off and came here to review and return! Its like someone else started writing under Sue's name. Weird.

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I enjoyed the book

narrator was very good. I did not know who did it until it was told in the story. Kept me guessing and I still very was surprised.

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good one

Great book read a long time ago.cvA bit complicated at times, figuring out characters. Good. MN

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Slow burning complex story

I bought this book because I really enjoyed the author's Ivory Carver trilogy. However, this one didn't catch my interest in quite the same way. Perhaps because it is told from the viewpoint of men rather than women, or because it is not as dramatic or emotional. I found the storyline a bit confusing, the thread of the story not entirely clear. There just seemed to be a lot of battles and fighting, and I couldn't quite figure out what they were fighting about each time.

The central characters, Chakliux, Aqamdax and Kos, were clearly drawn - Chakliux, born of rape, with a club foot, is seen by some as a blessing, others as a curse. Kos, his mother, is twisted by the rape into seeking revenge and begins to use her knowledge of plant medicine to kill, poison and twist one village against the other. This seems to work at cross purposes, killing many innocent people and their dogs in her attempts to convince her village to blame those of the other village (because her rapist came from the other village). Aqamdax and Chakliux meet halfway through and kind of fall in love, but are destined to be apart and separated from one another for the entire story.

Aside from this, the story becomes very complex and goes back and forth repeating similar battles, mysterious killings and people chasing their tails trying to blame each other for the deaths. In the end there's hardly anyone left as they have nearly all killed each other.

The narrator is undoubtedly better than the narrator of the Ivory Carver trilogy. He reads with feeling and expression, making some effort to differentiate different characters by their voices. However, I didn't quite get on with his very slow, deliberate enunciation, or his way of pausing in the middle of a sentence. Overall, the story is so complex, with so many different characters and villages that I kept getting them mixed up! It didn't help that the two main villages were called "Cousin River" and "Near River" - I never did manage to figure out which characters came from which village!