What if oral legends were actually real?
|What if a native prince is trapped inside the Golden Spruce tree on Haida Gwaii. It's cut down, releasing the prince and the reason he's trapped inside, Raven. Raven wakes up, looks at the world it is today and didn't like it one bit.
How do you stop a God from changing the world? Especially when he's captured the woman Brook is in love with. You hire a Shaman, whackier than a hockey player's slap shot and nuttier than a squirrel's winter stash. "I'll get my lady back. we'll live happily ever after," Brook banged his head several times.
“Ravens Lament” starts with a startling event – the chopping down of a rare ‘Golden Spruce.’ A misguided environmentalist makes the ironically twisted point: people shouldn’t ever cut down trees (by cutting down a sacred tree)!
I enjoyed seeing “The Shaman” (‘Charlie’) and his niece, ‘Chelan’, appear in the author’s other novel: “Shaman’s Lure”. Next, he had to battle the Raven! Another character, a New York Times reporter (‘Brook Grant’) keeps the story action flowing, as he follows the trail of broken trees -all the way to Canada.
The Golden Spruce was hacked down, like an ordinary pawn, though it had entombed a Prince and a God (‘Raven’). The vicious act of chopping apart the Golden Spruce tree freed both (arch enemies for centuries). These two antagonists battled ferociously until the Raven prevailed. Then Raven Trickster caused mayhem, as he roamed among the unsuspecting people.
Aging, by the minute, after being ‘freed’, the Raven searched desperately for the ‘Rock of Eternal Life’: that was buried in the Golden Spruce with them for “eternity”. Brook, the reporter, found and kept the ‘all-important’ Rock. The Raven tried to trick Brook to give it away since rules didn’t allow him to take it!