People of the Wolf is the premier novel in a series called “The First North Americans Series” published by TOR and written by the husband and wife team of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. I don’t believe it is necessary to read the series in order, but it helps for readers interested in expanding their consciousness beyond the basic entertainment value of reading historical adventure fiction. The authors require no introduction from me because their reputations are secure and they have at least millions of devoted readers. If by chance you are unfamiliar with their work, be aware that Kathleen O’Neal Gear is a respected historian, archeologist and anthropologist, as is her husband W. Michael Gear. Their books are noted for their historical accuracy, well-developed characters, and thrilling narratives. I chose People of the Wolf because I read it recently and it serves as good a debut for this blog as anything they’ve written. I have the utmost respect and admiration for W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. People of the Wolf was published in 1990. There are at least 18 novels in the series to date. People of the Wolf concerns the migration of Siberian hunters into Alaska. The primary characters are Run in Light who later becomes Wolf Dreamer, and Heron, a medicine woman. Heron is one of my favorite characters in the novel, but I also liked Dancing Fox. Runs in Light is leading is family south toward the Yukon River. They are seeking a better life, but Raven Hunter, the evil brother of Runs in Light, has other plans. In People of the Wolf and in all of the titles that followed, the plot ingredients are sufficient to drive the narrative, but the true appeal of these books are the characters themselves. It is also not uncommon that certain mystic elements relating to visions and other shaman activities will play a strong role in the characters and their motivation.
This post is dedicated to the memory of my sister
Who loved the novels of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear