The Children of First Man
"MASTERFULLY RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN, THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN IS A FEAST OF A NOVEL. James Alexander Thom's sweeping saga of Welsh colonization in prehistoric America is loaded with wonderful characters and events, some so poignant I had to stop reading now and then to reflect."
--Linda Lay Shuler
Author of She Who Remembers
With its beautifully written and deeply felt descriptions of the feelings the first white settlers and Native Americans had for each other, THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN tells the fascinating story of a European people gradually absorbed into the Amerindian culture until their literacy was lost and their Christian religion submerged in the legend of a Welsh Prince named Madoc, the First Man. Sweeping from the blood-soaked castles of medieval Wales to the landmark expedition of Lewis and Clark, from the hushed beauty of virgin wilderness to Mandan villages of domed earthen lodges, THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN is a triumph of the storyteller's art.
"TERRIFICALLY ENTERTAINING...A highly imaginative novel that combines an old legend with historical fact to create an epic tale of America starting some three-hundred years before Columbus arrived."
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OLD SQUASH BLOSSOM SET our AT FIRST LIGHT TO WALK ACROSS the
frozen river to Fat Legs's town, to get the Sacred Bundle that contained the word
markings. She thought her son was too busy with the French leader to go with her
, and everyone else in Arrow Feather's town was too busy with the presence of
the strangers to think of going over to Fat Legs's town. In fact, people from Fat
Legs's town kept coming across the river to Arrow Feather's town to see the hairy-
faces and ...
WHEN THE MESSENGERS CROSSED THE FROZEN RIVER TO FAT LEOS'S
town the next morning and learned that old Squash Blossom had not been seen
there for days, they turned and hurried back to Arrow Feather's town without even
thinking of the Magic Bundles. They found Fat Legs and Arrow Feather both in
distress over the French leader's refusal to be treated by their healer, and by his
insistence upon starting back north as soon as he could stand and walk. But
when they ...
Spring had begun, bringing them out northward, but then winter had turned back
on spring and caught them here in the land of their enemies, the strange people
called Mandans. Though they had ranged far on their lean horses, which they
called ka vah yoh, the Shienne had found no bison. Snow had covered the
sprouting spring grass over these endless plains and the ka vah yohs were
growing weak. There would be grain in the Mandan town for them, and meat for
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THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MANUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Thom's sweeping, ambitious historical novel describes the origins and journey of a lost white Indian tribe. Disillusioned with a homeland torn apart by familial power struggles, the Welsh prince Madoc ... Read full review
Great book! Pulls together little known historical facts regarding someone other than the Vikings and Columbus who may have made an earlier voyage. There's just got to be a lot of truth to the story. From beginning to end, it is a real page turner, well written. Might be a little "R" for some but not in the usual ways.