The Spirit by Harper L. Jameson
A novel of the tribe
We have another guest review for you today. A book thats very different to our usual mo. Today we have Mariah Hechler reviewing The Spirit by Harper L. Jameson. Mariah is a lover of PN and urban legend stories as well as romance of course..
***This story contains adult language and explicit sex scenes 18+ advised***
Before the white man settled the Appalachians, he stood over the people of the Tribe, providing all they needed to flourish in the shadow of the mountains.
The many tribes have given him many different names. Wakan Tanko. Maheo. To the people that first hunted the corner of Appalachia known to later generations as Wright’s Holler, he was Weshemoneto, the Great Spirit.
To Anna Madeline Wright, he would simply be Wes.
Born in the holler that bore her name, “Annie” Wright came from people that had learned to live on the land, people who believed in the magic saturating the woods around them. People who knew how to survive.
Circumstance of birth gave her power. Her skills gave her respect. Her magic gave them hope. In a town not yet influenced by the progress of the industrial revolution, Annie was a pauwau. A witch.
The winter of 1836 hit the town of McAllen hard and with her people in danger of annihilation, Annie called on the spirits for the power to save them. Her desperation called Weshemoneto himself . When they collided, she had to make a choice: Lose her town or lose her heart.
What happened next would become the stuff of legend for centuries to come.
The book The Spirt: A Novel of the Tribe is written by Harper L. Jameson. It tells the story of an Appalachian witch named Annie whose family has protected the region for generations . Annie is determined to save her holler and all of the people in it from disaster. She calls upon the spirits to protect them and loses her heart in the process.
I could relate to this book on a lot of levels. I absolutely loved the authors voice and writing style. Harper L. Jameson constructed a world and time that was believable. As a person who lives in a state with Native American culture making up a large part of our culture, I loved the idea of a witch, or Pauwau, being the heroine. Here we call them curanderas and their magic has been called upon to heal the sick for many generations. I really loved the idea of the tribe, or native people crossing to another realm to protect their people and way of life. This book represented a lot of the spiritual ideas amongst the native Americans cultures.
The book started out strong with a bond between Annie and Shep. Two people whose lives have been entertwined since birth. I would have liked t0 see their relationship more developed. They lean on each other and support each other, but these two characters could have been given more breadth.
I really enjoyed the fact that the author tried to make the book more authentic to the Native American culture using native language in the text. However, it was difficult at times to figure out the meanings the words. Often times, I had to book mark my spot and look up the meanings and phrases which was tedious. Having the translations available in parentheses or as a footnote would have been better.
I loved the world the author crafted. The idea of an alternative land on the other side of the wind was original. I did find the story line a bit jumpy with a lot of characters added in. Some of them seemed to come out of nowhere. That made the story confusing at times.
All in all I liked the characters but would have liked more development for them. I also loved the world that was crafted but the new characters added in needed more explanation for their origins. This book does end as a cliffhanger. A nice start to a new series and I give this book 3 stars.
About the Author
Born in Southeastern Ohio, Harper L. Jameson has always had an active imagination, first finding her love of books through the works of Stephen King at a young age. Then with her mother’s influence, she found the romantic works of Beatrice Small and Johanna Lindsey and whole new worlds were opened to her. With the encouragement of family and friends, she began to create worlds of her own. Worlds of love and magic, of men and monsters and sometimes, they all intertwine in dark and delightful ways. Come in, she has stories to tell.
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