Format: Softcover, 422 pages
Publisher: Ace Books, September, 2005
A stunning new writer of mythological fantasy takes readers to a world of adventure, discovery, and transformation in her beautiful and evocative debut novel.
Richly blending mythology and folktale, Berman catapults readers into a fantastic world of shamanic wars, talking animals, and immortal beings of frightening power and awesome beauty. In keeping with the mystery of the place, young Cloud has shed overnight the bear part of her identity and wakened as a 12-year-old girl, which outrages and threatens her stepfather, King Rumble. Years before, Rumble murdered the bear father of Cloud, Lord Stink; ate the bears flesh for its power; and magically bound its ghost. Drunk on power, Rumble neither knows nor cares that the legendary Lord Stinks death has ripped a hole in the fabric of the world. Unmagical, outcast Cloud, who wants only to be a child and to be loved, is the only one who can repair the damage. Her monumental task still unrevealed to her, Cloud flees her village and Rumbles murderous threats. Thus begins a long and perilous yet exciting and often wondrous journey to wholeness. On the way Cloud will fall into many deeply depressing situations, but Judith Berman's imagination seems to know no bounds. For as desperate as are the problems Cloud faces, their solutions are correspondingly ingenious.
***N.B. This book has a small "publisher remainder mark" on the bottom of the pages. As such, it is sold here at a deep discount. It normally sells for $16.00 for the book alone, not including postage.