Book Review: Alaana's Way: The Calling by: Ken Altabef

Publisher: Cat's Cradle Press

Publication Date: October 30, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: An insatiable fever demon... 
A restless Wind spirit... 
A treacherous shaman... 
A golden walrus... 
And one courageous young girl. 

In the frozen north, a land of deadly weather and unforgiving spirits, the shaman is all that stands in the way of disaster. When Alaana is called upon to become shaman for the Anatatook people she discovers a kaleidoscopic world where everything is alive, where the tent skins whisper at night and even the soapstone pot has tales to tell. She faces vengeful ghosts and hungry demons as she travels the dangerous path to becoming a shaman. 

And there's just one other problem. Girls aren't allowed to be shamans. 

Review: ALAANA’S WAY: THE CALLING is a coming of age story for a young Anatatook girl who lives with her tribe in the Arctic lands. For her people, the world is a wide and wondrous thing, filled with creatures and spirits both good and evil. Alaana has been called to become a shaman during a time of great sickness for her people. However, there has never been a female shaman before and this worries her tribe, especially her father. The author has created a vivid world, characters (great and small), and a strong main character in Alaana. It was easy to tell the author had done a vast amount of research into Native cultures, their beliefs and how they lived day to day. My favorite characters were Alaana and the small rock she found whose spirit spoke to her. THE CALLING is the first book in the Alaana’s Way series and it truly brings the reader into a wholly different world from their own. Very well done!

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