Description : WHERE DO YOU BEGIN TELLING SOMEONE THEIR WORLD IS NOT THE ONLY ONE? While Stacey, a 17-year-old Native girl, struggles to save her family and community from a devastating influenza epidemic, a white classmate’s suicide hints that the village is threatened by forces more sinister and powerful than the epidemic itself. Ravensong, the first novel of celebrated author Lee Maracle, tells an extraordinary story about a young woman’s quest for answers, combining both tragedy and joy in its unforgettable depiction of an urban Native community in the 1950s. Maracle speaks unflinchingly of the gulf between two cultures: a gulf that Raven says must be bridged. Evocative and prescient, filled with oral traditions, humour, and deep insight, Ravensong is more than just a novel—it is a necessary story for our time.
Description : Birds of mystery, intelligence, and curiosity, ravens and crows have fascinated humans for untold centuries. In this first in a series of beautifully illustrated books that celebrate the power and beauty of the animal kingdom, Catherine Feher-Elston considers the raven in the contexts of mythology, folklore, history, and science. From the raven's role as trickster in Native American religion to his ability to captivate ornithologists and biologists with his intriguing behaviors, Ravensong pays tribute to the elegance and grandeur of two of America's most ubiquitous avian species.
Description : Sequel to WolfsongGordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.It should have been enough.And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack... and won.Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it's crawling from within.Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken
Description : Elena Harris knows what she should have - a doctor as a husband and a large home in the suburbs, but what Elena desires is passion. Enter Joshua Ravensong, the quintessential "bad boy." A rock star struggling with a drug addiction, Ravensong falls for Elena, allowing her a chance to live out her fantasy, but one night of passion quickly turns into a relationship that might consume both of them.
Description : "... [a] leading figure in Native literature." -Vancouver SunSet in an urban Native community on the Pacific Northwest coast in the early 1950s, Ravensong is by turns damning, humourous, inspirational, and prophetic.
Description : What are the intercultural and spiritual implications of death in literature? How do communities portrayed in two specific novels, Brian Moore's Black Robe and Lee Manacle's Ravensong , handle the conflict that comes with death seen from within and from without? The communities represented within these narratives do not share the same spiritual or cultural background, yet all must face the reality of death on a daily basis. Is there some form of mediation to help these conflicting views on death come together within the stories? By looking into specific examples from the novels, derived from observations on the afterlife, rituals enacted by the community, power struggles between community leaders and the alienation and isolation that come with death, it is possible to determine what the differences are between the belief systems. Building from psychological and sociological theories on death as much as on notions of contact and identity, we can determine how the views on death come into play between spiritualities and cultures in the novels. When mediation fails, we see that it is mostly because of a lack of understanding of the Other, either through resistance to or dismissal of the Other's perceived spirituality. When mediation does occur, we can surmise that the people are accepting the Other's point-of-view either to supplement their own or to try to understand the strangeness of the Other. In both instances, shared beliefs or experiences become the key element that allows the dialogue to either occur or be denied. Only when context is shared does there seem to be a possibility of bridging the gap between culture and spirituality, and death, as a shared experience, offers this.
Description : Move over, Lestat Main's fast-paced, hard-boiled tale takes the world of the undead to a whole new level .A twenty-first century detective novel that turns the traditional genre upside down and inside out with its cast of supernatural characters and wild plot twists a mix of tradition and originality, The Raven's Song bursts at the seams with imagination, magic, and great fun.-Lisa A. Stolley, Pushcart-nominated author of Your Own Personal Project and Other Stories In Blood & Shadows, Eric Baine had to stop a psychopathic vampire bent on releasing shadow demons to destroy the world In The Raven's Song, he's the prey instead, as two beautiful assassins stalk Baine to track down his friend, the assassin-without-peer Azrael, the Eternal Death. But nothing is as it seems, and as Baine works to stay alive (relatively speaking) and begins to unravel the plot, it seems that everyone involved is being played as pawns in a deeper game From The Raven's Song: Chained to a chair in my own offce, with a bag over my head. Not a good way to start the day. A voice said, "Mr. Baine." A deep, sultry female voice. A voice tinged with amusement, sensuality, and overwhelmingly with barely contained violence. I detected the slightest hint of an unidentifiable accent. I heard the sound of a lighter being flicked, and a moment later I caught the faintest whiff of cigarette smoke. "Speak when you're told to speak," said the voice. "Okey-dokey," I said, smiling. Another blow upside the head. I continued smiling. For five minutes the only sound in my office was the occasional inhale and exhale of the cigarette. I presumed she was waiting for me to develop some degree of anxiety. People tend to underestimate me, especially vampire people; they don't know me well enough. During those rare times when I'm chained to a chair by an unknown stalker, this can be comforting. So whether she was waiting for me to betray some emotion, or just trying to get me scared way deep down inside, the only thing I was feeling was a mild curiosity. I had her right where I wanted her.
Description : Ten years ago Stormy Wade survived a mothers worse nightmare, the loss of her only child. Stormy, former policewoman and wife of prominent judge Lyle Wade, discovers fourteen-year-old Melody Streeter, the only eye witness to horrific crimes, is targeted by an underworld assassin. The girl sits defenseless in a jail cell. When there appears to be no other course of action, Stormy, determined to save Melody, springs the girl and the pair become the object of a nation-wide manhunt. Stormy knew her actions would destroy the life she loves, as well as her husbands reputation. But she didnt foresee the complexity of eluding the law with a volatile contentious teen or that a diabolical serial killer would be closing in fast.
Description : "Take my belt."Stanzie Butler could not miss her flight. The most important trip of her career was on the line, and this rude, loud, unkempt hooligan was not going to ruin it with his dress code violation.Raven Xerces, the notorious rock star with a tortured past, troubled present and uncertain future, seemed to be doing all he could to sabotage Stanzie's flight. And like a bad penny, he just kept turning up. When Stanzie's layover leads her to Raven once again, he tries to make amends. Surfing, dinner and dancing lead Stanzie to discover that this obnoxious tabloid star isn't at all what she expected, and she falls hard. But when their romantic evening turns sour, she tries everything she can to move on. The trouble is, how can you move on from true love?Raven Song is a story for dreamers, believers, rockers and lovers. A girl-next-door meets bad boy rock n roll romance that's sexy, fun and full of memorable characters, dark family secrets, colorful sidekicks, layered song lyrics, a talking raven, a clowder of cats, an endangered addax, a nest of sea turtles, a trip to the zoo, fine vintage guitars, a bottle of hair dye, some new tattoos, and a whole lot of rock n roll.
Description : Raven Song is the first of a dark adult dystopian fantasy series, a story of magic, intrigue, love, violence, and the old gods in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again.