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A voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.The Reindeer People is the first in a series of reissues of Megan Lindholm’s (Robin Hobb) classic backlist titles. It is set in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric North America, and tells the story of a trA voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.The Reindeer People is the first in a series of reissues of Megan Lindholm’s (Robin Hobb) classic backlist titles. It is set in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric North America, and tells the story of a tribe of nomads and hunters as they try to survive, battling against enemy tribes, marauding packs of wolves and the very land itself.Living on the outskirts of the tribe Tillu was happy spending her time tending her strange, slow dreamy child Kerlew and comunning with the spirits to heal the sick and bring blessing on new births.However Carp, the Shaman, an ugly wizened old man whose magic smelled foul to Tillu desired both mother and child. Tillu knew Carp’s magic would steal her son and her soul. Death waited in the snows of the Tundra, but Tillu knew which she would prefer…Gritty and realistic, it’s reminiscent of Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear but written in the compelling style of the author who produced the bestselling Assassin’s Apprentice....

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  • Kiwi Begs2Differ✎
    2019-01-24 05:15

    Good story but more chick lit than historical fiction, the characters are more modern than you would expect in a pre-historical setting. I prefer the author when she writes Fantasy genre novels under the pseudonym Robin Hobb.

  • Leila
    2019-01-25 03:22

    This book is about the cultural life of a remote aboriginal community in the Prehistoric land of the Siberian Arctic. Reindeer are a part of their daily living.Megan Lindholm is actually Robin Hobb so anyone who has read and enjoyed Robin’s books would probably enjoy this book too. But be warned this book is very different from Robin Hobb's books. The novel is centred in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric North America. The tribe of aborigines survive by battling against enemy tribes and fierce packs of wolves. The land itself is a huge challenge too. The main characters are Carp who is a Shaman and a young Mother Tillu who is a healer and her rather strange child Kerlew. Tillu decides to leave the community to escape the probable dangers of the Shaman and his magic. There is a second book in the series (Wolf’s Brother) but this book can be read as a standalone.

  • Damian Dubois
    2019-02-12 03:16

    Whether she is penning epic fantasies under the name of Robin Hobb or telling contemporary fantasies set in the harsh wilderness of prehistoric North America under the pseudonym of Megan Lindholm, Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden is undoubtedly one of the best novelists that I have had the pleasure of reading. Not once have I felt let down by one of her novels (11 and counting now) as each is populated by such well sketched characters that you can’t but help being drawn into their everyday trial and tribulations. And to think I still have the second instalment of the Reindeer People still to come as well as the Rainwild Chronicles AND a new Fitz-Fool novel in the not so distant future. To quote that fat silly cat from the Ren and Stimpy show, “Happy, happy, joy, joy!!”If my memory serves me correctly I have had this book on my shelf for close on five years, having picked it up from one of those clearance book stores for a very cheap price. I also have to admit that if not for the cardboard wraparound stating that Megan Lindholm is ‘otherwise known as Robin Hobb’ I no doubt would have overlooked it. It really also does possess a rather nice cover, the Wolf looking out from the Moon and casting its eyes over Reindeer shaped clouds. Obviously having read the Farseer Trilogy this conjures up the character of Nighteyes for me which then also makes me wonder if the Wolf in this book is a forerunner for our favourite witted beasty. :)Set in what feels like prehistoric times (the blurb does mention North America) the story revolves around a tribe of nomadic hunters, herd folk known as the Reindeer People, and their struggles with day to day life, be it the harsh lessons Mother Nature provides, wild animals such as wolves or bears or even other tribes. Our main protagonists are Tillu, a wise and proficient healer and mother to her young son, Kerlew, who is a mentally disabled boy unfortunately shunned for being different to other children of the same age. It is because of this perceived difference that he comes to the attention of a local Shaman by the name of Carp, who decides to mentor him in the ways and rituals of shamanistic ‘magic’. Tillu sees Carp’s attention as unwholesome so decides to take Kerlew and flee into the wild which eventually leads up to her meeting members of the aforementioned Reindeer folk.I really felt for Tillu throughout this book and can’t really imagine what it would be like to have a special needs child. Not only does she have to be strong for the sake of Kerlew, but she also has to be mentally tough to deal with the taunts and ostracism from other members of the tribe due to Kerlew’s ‘strangeness’. I think having to hear other people talk down about your child would not only be depressing but a drain on the soul as well.Although not as epic as some of her more well known trilogies, the first book in the Reindeer People saga is interesting nonetheless and contains all the hallmarks of a Hobb creation – well drawn characters that emotionally draw the reader in. I’m looking forward to my copy of Wolf’s Brother hopefully arriving in the mail this week.4 stars.

  • Connie53
    2019-02-16 03:26

    Op zoek naar een boek met dieren op de cover voor de februari-challenge op de ff-leesclub, kwam ik dit boek tegen op mijn NTL-stapel. Ik moet het al zeker 18 jaar daar hebben staan, dus het werd wel tijd. Dit boek viel me in het begin wat tegen, want ik verwachtte een Robin Hobb te lezen (Megan Lindholm aka Robin Hobb). Het is duidelijk anders, maar zeker niet slecht. En tegen het eind zelfs nog spannend genoeg om het snel uit te willen lezen. Ik ga zeker door in deel 2. Een 7, maar hier een 8 want een 6 is te weinig voor dit boek.

  • Miquela
    2019-02-10 22:27

    I read and liked Lindholm's Wizard of the Pigeons, but UF not being my thing, I didn't *love* it, not enough to buy something else written by her. It took me years to try again, and I'm glad I finally did. I enjoyed Reindeer People so much that the first thing I did after finishing it was to order Wolf's Brother.I have been giving fantasy a go of late in favor of other genres, and this book was a nice way to ease back into my comfort zone, it not being full of typical fantasy tropes and settings. As a mother of a toddler, I was able to sympathize with Tillu and the feelings she has for her son, even if I don't face the same challenges she does, and that was a very nice feeling in a genre that doesn't tend to spend much time on motherhood.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-18 00:20

    I like Robin Hobb's books a lot, so when I found out she has also published a bunch under 'Megan Lindholm' of course I had to go get them! These were the first I read under this name. It's really one story, that was originally divided in two by the publisher, and later pout out as an omnibus called "The Saga of the Reindeer People."I'm not sure why she uses two different names. The style of writing was recognizably the same, although this story is somewhat darker than many of her epic 'Robin Hobb' fantasies.The author's note (you can read it here: said that she originally conceived this story as a fantasy, but was encouraged to write it as historical fiction by the publisher. It's set in Bronze Age Lapland (Scandinavia), but it still has the feel of fantasy, and some essential-to-the-plot fantastic/spiritual elements.With its scope and early setting, it reminded me at times of Clan of the Cave Bear.It tells the story of a single mother struggling to raise her mentally disabled young son alone, in a society which is intensely dependent on social, tribal life.She has survived and been taken in by different groups because of her skill with herbs, but when she encounters a shaman who tries to take emotional control of her son and claim her as his woman, she flees - but has the luck to fall in with another group - one that treats women more fairly, is somewhat wealthier - and includes a man she may actually like.But not all is perfect - the shaman may be in pursuit, and a series of crimes may be poisoning this tribe from the inside.

  • Rob
    2019-01-27 02:29

    ...I remember liking these books a lot when I first read them in Dutch and reading the English original hasn't changed my opinion that much. What I don't remember noticing is the abrupt ending of this novel. I might very well have read them back to back the first time around. When Lindholm wrote these books she already had a few books under her belt and they are much more confident than the first Ki and Vandien stories. Apart from the slightly awkward split, these two novels are among the better ones she wrote as Megan Lindholm. It is of course not the Robin Hobb style, epic fantasy many readers are used to but if you care to step outside that genre, Lindholm has a few very interesting titles to offer. My personal favourite remains Wizard of the Pigeons but these two are not that far behind.Full Random Comments review

  • Alice
    2019-01-31 00:33

    I'm almost out of Robin Hobb books to read, so I thought I'd try out Reindeer people. I saw another reviewer describe this as chick lit. I guess, kind of? Meticulously researched, beautifully written chick lit. Romance really takes a back seat though, and that's if you squint.Tillu, our main character, is a single parent of a child with learning disabilities, who was fathered via month long abuse at the hands of raiders. Yeah, she's got a pretty tough life. Add to that the fact that the manipulative shaman of her adopted village is trying to seperate her from her son, and bully her into marriage? No wonder she packs up everything she owns and drags her uncooperative son with her. I love how human Tillu is. Being a single parent in itself must be so tough, but a single parent of a learning disabled child in a freezing enviroment where small mistakes can kill you both?I've already begun the sequel. No matter what name she writes under, Robin Hobb will always find a way to either steal my heart with determined protagonists, or write villains so awful that I want to bite my kindle.

  • Simone
    2019-01-27 01:21

    Robin Hobb always manages to make me hate a character so much I want to throw the book in a fire.The book's main character, Kerleu, is such a hateful little male human being, and that Carp as well, especially with his "this is not for a woman" speeches. Not to forget Joboam. I found those three characters to think very high of themselves while they were the most hateful and stupid ones.It always strikes right to me when a woman character is not treated as a male character's equal, and even more when women are treated as inferior persons!Anyways, if you want to read Robin Hobb, don't stop by here and go straight grab a copy of the Farseer Trilogy, which is so much better than this!

  • Rinske
    2019-01-21 04:39

    I truly, truly love the books the author has written as Robin Hobb. Fitz is one of my favorite characters.But this one... For me it is not a good sign that I can more or less forget about a book that I'm reading. Kerlew is not a character I can relate to or even like. In the first half of the book I was even wondering where the story would go to. I was over half of the book before it became kind of interesting. So I did finish the book, but I'm not sure I will read the sequel.

  • Tim
    2019-01-29 03:25

    This has to be my first pre-historical fiction/fantasy novel. But it's by Megan Lindholm aka Robin Hobb, so it can't be bad. Right? Well... I found it not as exciting as Alien Earth, to be honest. But as it's a totally different story and setting, you can't really compare the two but in writing style, I'd say. Here Megan has/had a very descriptive style. She put a lot of detail in describing the scenery, the actions, and so on, and used enough specific vocabulary to describe animals, the tribe, ... That sort of doesn't allow for fast reading. However, it does allow for a better visualization of the characters, their surroundings, and so on. And that's again one of the key aspects of Lindholm's (or Hobb's) writing: characters and their interactions, their behaviour.Spoilers! Many.(view spoiler)[It's about a mother, Tillu, and her awkward son, Kerlew, who are on the run from the tribe they were part of. More specifically, it's their shaman, Carp, who has exerted so much power over them, that Tillu didn't want to deal with it anymore. Her son is not like other children, not physically, not mentally. He got bullied and what not. So Tillu decides to to flee, despite Carp having tutored the boy to become a shaman as well.Tillu and Kerlew try their best to survive more up north, in the opposite direction of where her tribe was staying. They meet other tribe's people, starting with Heckram and his friend Lasse (sort of like Frodo and Sam in terms of friends). However, the first encounter isn't that positive: Lasse gets shot - not by Tillu, but by an unknown man (and we never hear from him again, strangely enough) - while hunting (Tillu is also hunting, but on the other side). Tillu is a healer, so she decides to help Lasse with his injury. Heckram suspects Tillu from having shot Lasse - they were hunting the same animal, though -, finds it suspicious that she also helps him. Back in her tent, they also meet Kerlew and it doesn't take long or he and Heckram become friends. There's a small language barrier, but Kerlew seems to have the least trouble understanding and talking to Heckram. Tillu is, considering the history, very protective of Kerlew, yet also cannot control her anger when he can't or won't do as he's told. Tillu also sees that Heckram and Lasse wear more advanced clothing, have more advanced tools, compared to her own tribe.In Heckram's tribe, there are the usual happenings and at some point he forms a couple with his long-time friend Elsa. All preparations are made, but when Elsa heads out to fetch water, she never returns. Heckram is worried and goes out to find her... in a bad state. She's lethally wounded and close to being dead. He carries her back to the hut, rushes to find Tillu for her healing skills. She can't do much, only the strict minimum of easing pain. Obviously, Elsa doesn't survive. No one wants to talk about it, all prefer to move on with life. But Heckram can't forget, feels guilty somehow and set himself the goal to find out who killed his wife-to-be.Since that happening, Tillu and Kerlew have been staying with the tribe. Strangely enough, Kerlew was ordered to stay in the tent, but found his way, in the night, to the tribe and to his mother. This too is quickly forgotten. No questions asked. Because of her contribution to the tribe (as a healer), Tillu is asked to join the tribe when they move to the summer fields. She's not really against it, but when Joboam (tough guy who plays supervisor, even though he has no such responsibility) treats her badly (we can only imagine from how Tillu responds), she's not so keen anymore to move. (However, with Carp back in the picture and Kerlew feeling more alive, she objects first, but then decides to join the fold after all.)Carp eventually does make a comeback in the story and it's via Heckram that he meets with Tillu and Kerlew again. Kerlew is of course ecstatic when he sees his old tutor. Tillu can't do much more than let the two go their way. On a sidenote: Kerlew isn't all that stupid, somehow. His shamanistic teaching made him do things you wouldn't expect from a ten-year-old.While she is taking care of Heckram's facial wound, something grows between them. But what will come of it? (hide spoiler)]The ending is strange. Kerlew's shamanic lessons allow him to communicate with animal spirits, and it seems he operates from behind the scenes. He's not always in the spotlights, but certain events seem to be been influenced or caused by him.The story continues, of course, in book 2: Wolf's Brother. Will it shed more light on Carp's influence on Kerlew?Will Heckram and Tillu live together?Wil Tillu accept Kerlew's change in behaviour, now that Carp is back?Will Carp leave her alone or hasn't he changed a bit when he wanted her as his wife?What will Capiam (leader of the tribe) say of Carp's proposal (shaman of the tribe)?And more...While I had trouble getting into the story for the first tens of pages, it does get better when there's a bit of action going on. Especially when the contact between Tillu/Kerlew and Heckram/Lasse/Elsa becomes more frequent. So, yes, 4 stars here, but barely.

  • Iset
    2019-02-08 02:26

    I just couldn’t get on board with this one – not because the writing is bad, let me stress. In fact, early on in the book I was quite optimistic about continuing this series, because I loved the vivid imagery and the quality of descriptions. But because the story was one I just found so relentlessly grim. It's a personal taste thing.

  • Irene
    2019-02-02 06:20

    Definitely not as good as her books written under her other pseudonym Robin Hogg...

  • Wies de Ruiter
    2019-02-19 00:14

    Character driven book. Lots of survival/tribal stuff. Great read if you're interested in social dynamics in a harsher time.

  • Savvy
    2019-02-20 05:33

    I love her series from fitz and bingtown, but between soldier son and this book? its like she spent every ounce of energy she had describing them as offensively as possible. I pushed through soldier son but fuck doing it again as she uses the most vile ableist descriptors possible for a disabled kid. fuck, there's realism and there's brutal ableism. This goes beyond realism by miles.

  • Monia Sommer
    2019-02-20 01:40 voyant le titre, j’ai tout de suite craqué ! En ce qui me concerne, dès qu’un livre parle de peuples nordiques, de rennes ou tout ce qui s’y rapporte, j’achète directement ! Et là ce fut le cas, je n’avais même pas lu le résumé d’ailleurs. Et il faut dire que la couverture est vraiment très belle, tout à fait dans l’esprit du roman.Dès les premières pages, nous faisons la connaissance de Tillu, une femme courageuse, excellente guérisseuse, au passé tourmenté et à l’avenir incertain. Son fils Kerleu est différent des autres. Il subit sans cesse moqueries et passages à tabac. Un seul homme va l’accepter : Carp le chaman. Mais celui-ci en plus de convoiter le fils pour en faire son apprenti, convoite la mère. Tillu emmènera Kerleu loin de là pour les protéger tous deux. L’hiver s’abat sur eux, rude et glacial, et ils doivent lutter pour survivre dans des conditions primitives seuls au milieu de la forêt. Jusqu’au jour où un concours de circonstances va amener Tillu à faire la rencontre de deux hommes appartenant au peuple des rennes qui a établi son camp d’hiver non loin de là…Ce que j’ai aimé par-dessus tout dans ce livre, c’est qu’il est peut-être classé en Fantasy, mais il change beaucoup de la Fantasy classique et c’est vraiment appréciable ! Il ne faut pas s’attendre à trouver de l’action en pagaille, ni de la magie ou des créatures fantastiques à toutes les pages. Non, ici vous croiserez plutôt un type de vie qui pourrait très bien être celui de certains peuples qui ont existé et existent encore d’ailleurs.L’univers que j’ai eu le plaisir de découvrir ici m’a totalement conquise. Ce que j’ai réellement apprécié, c’est que j’ai pu apprendre plein de choses intéressantes. Je savais deux ou trois bricoles sur l’élevage des rennes par exemple, mais j’ai pu compléter mes connaissances. Le peuple de rennes et Tillu vivant seule dans la forêt avec son fils mènent des existences difficiles. Ils doivent se contenter de peu, travailler dur et pourtant ils sont heureux comme cela. C’est une très belle leçon de vie.Le peu d’action ne m’a absolument pas dérangée. J’ai vraiment eu l’impression de vivre l’histoire aux côtés des personnages tant les descriptions étaient parfaites et justes. Je n’avais aucun mal à me représenter les lieux et à m’imaginer avec Tillu et les autres. La plume de l’auteur est absolument magique et presque poétique par moments.Les protagonistes sont réellement tous intéressants. Certains sont attachants, d’autres, détestables, intrigants ou effrayants, même. J’ai vraiment apprécié Tillu et en tant que mère d’un petit garçon, j’ai sincèrement été touchée par la force et le courage dont elle fait preuve afin de protéger son enfant envers et contre tous. J’ai également adoré les passages sur la magie chamanique et les esprits guides. Un certain moment avec le loup tout particulièrement était vraiment saisissant et mystérieux !L’intrigue est assez simple au départ, mais des nœuds épais s’y glissent au fil des pages et on se demande bien comment tout cela va se dénouer au final ! J’étais tellement prise dans l’histoire que j’ai directement enchainé avec la lecture du tome 2.En résumé, si ce roman n’offre pas beaucoup d’action cela ne m’a absolument pas dérangée. J’ai tout de suite été immergée dans cet univers criant de réalisme et merveilleusement décrit. J’ai adoré mon voyage aux côtés du peuple des rennes, apprécié les différents personnages et les éléments perturbateurs qui viennent s’ajouter petit à petit au fil du récit pour en épaissir l’intrigue. Je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher de me jeter directement sur le tome 2 dès la fin de ma lecture de ce premier tome !

  • Mersini
    2019-01-22 22:27

    It seems I have a soft spot for novels set in the harsh wilderness of North American winters. This is the first Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb book that I've ever read, after having heard excellent things about her fantasy books and although I'm sure this is not one of the books people have in mind when they talk about her, it doesn't disappoint. It's unsurprisingly reminiscent of Jean Auel's novels; enchanting, with a world of two different species of humans mixing, the characters vivid and each with their own struggle, all with a hint of magic thrown into the mix. It's a little slow to start off with, but the beginning lays the groundwork for the rest of the novel, coming around to tie it off at the end. Perhaps what is most interesting in this novel is the characterisation; it's essentially a story about a mother and her son, and what she will do to keep him safe, but thrown into the mix are characters who make it their prerogative to keep the strange boy in check, characters who find themselves falling for each other, despite what they know is right, and characters who keep secrets of dark deeds. It makes you want to find out whether they fall in love, get caught, are punished, escape bad people; essentially, this novel is one that, although it is steeped in the world of hunting and gathering, and walking the line between reality and the spirit world, it is a novel about people. Its humanity is what pins you down and keeps you reading. I definitely plan on obtaining the second book of this series. And after that, tackling some of this author's more well known works.

  • Stéphanie
    2019-02-10 03:17

    This is the first half of the Saga of the Reindeer People (before Wolf’s Brother).Tillu is a young healer who lives with her strange son Kerlew with Benu’s nomadic tribe in the north. The tribe’s repulsive shaman, Carp, has a strange power over her son and wants to teach him his magic. He also constantly harrasses Tillu, trying to bed her.Terrified of the old man and tired of seeing her son continuously bullied, one night she flees through the frozen, winter-ravaged land, leaving the tribe behind. She finally pitches her tent close to the talvsit of reindeer herders. She makes friends with Heckram, a very tall, fair and handsome man, the first adult who doesn’t see her son as a nuisance. Heckram is about to marry Elsa, but Kerlew has a vision that he will kill her.When the young girl is mauled in the night, Heckram calls Tillu for help. But Elsa’s wounds are too severe, and she dies. When Tillu’s decoction of night-berries is found empty the next morning, Heckram suspects the healer of ending his new wife’s suffering with an overdose of pain medicine. And vice-versa.Although I’m an avid reader of fantasy, I’m not a great fan of shamanic tales. However, I really enjoyed reading this book, as the story revolves more around the characters’ relationships than the magic itself. Megan Lindholm (aka Robin Hobb)’s excellent writing might also have something to do with that…

  • Jeremy Howell
    2019-01-21 03:23

    I've slowly been working my way through the Lindholm archive as I've found them available. It isn't easy to get a hold of this book in the US.Of all her novels, The Reindeer People are the books I looked forward to reading the least. Nothing about the premise or setting interested me. I didn't want to read about - as I perceived it - a bunch of Eskimos. But I wanted a nice Wintry book to read for the season, and landed here.These books blew me away.I am stunned at how hooking this story was. It was so refreshing to read about a skeptic in world where superstition and religion is the way of life. I can't think of any historic fiction with a lead character that was not devoutly religious. Adding to that her struggle in raising a mentally disabled child, who is convinced he's a shaman, was absolutely fascinating.It's a little slow on the plot, but action and shock aren't the point. This story is about the people, and Lindholm/Hobb writes the best characters out there.Make sure you have a copy of both books before starting this, and read them together as one story. It was written as one large novel, and there isn't any closure in the first book. The second is pure climax, and it's a rollercoaster if you find yourself as hooked on the characters as I did.If you are a Robin Hobb fan looking for something similar, this is the closest to that style I've read so far in her Lindholm books.Highly recommended.

  • miha ha
    2019-02-15 05:36

    Kok mi je bla pa tale všeč !!! Od začetka do konca sm bil čist noter in navijov za Tillu in njenga sinčka Kerlewa in kako zlo nism marov Carpa, aaagh, k je polnu Kerlewo glavo z neumnostmi - npr. kaj je žensko in kaj je moško delo in da mu more Tillu vse delat ker on bo šaman...Pa kok mi je blo dobr da ne pretirava s spolnostjo, oz. z opisovanjem in sanjarjenjem, nobenih razmišljanj o vznemirjenih delih telesa, šele čist na koncu knjige omeni da je bla "v tistem delu meseca ko si je želela moškega dotika", in to je največ kar je blo. (Tok bl všeč kot Klan jamskih medvedov npr.)Tillu in Karlew pobegneta iz pemena kjer se je je šaman Carp hotel prilastit in kjer K-ju vsi otroci nagajajo ker je mal drugačen, sj je res bil ves zasanjan in na vse pozabljov, sam tok so se mi zamerli vsi tamali. Še vedno ne vem kdo je skrivni lovec ki je ustrelu puščico v Lasse, kdo je Hacramu najlepšega jelena pohabu, da so ga mogl zaklat in najbl grozno njegovo "ženo" in prjatlco iz otroštva Elso umoril ko je šla samo do jezera po vodo... je bil to Carp, ne vem. Tok me vse zanima...Pa na konc, ko ju Carp končno najde, spet dobi K-ja na svojo stran in se misl tud on priklučit H-jevemu plemenu. aaaagh, res ga ne maram samovšečnega prevzetnega vračaNaslednjo knjigo takoj prosim !!!

  • Dawn
    2019-02-04 06:22

    I'm so glad that someone introduced me to Robin Hobb (aka Megan Lindholm) a few years ago. I'll never forget that kind person, as the Farseer books were an incredible experience and remain very dear to me. (I've read them a few times too, which is not something I do often).What a storyteller she is! I can't believe I have left it so long to read her work written as Megan Lindholm.This book cast a spell over me and I was quickly absorbed into it's world, so that it was read in very few sittings.Both the world and it's characters were immediately very vibrant and real in my mind - so much so, that I dreamt of them that night!I have to admit that I don't think anything will ever be quite as special (for me) as the Farseer books, but I loved this book too - I can't wait to read the sequel. (I am so, so grateful that there is one!).I know this 'review' doesn't say much about the content of the book - but if you liked the Farseer books, then read it! (Just bear in mind that you probably won't enjoy it quite as much - after all, what could ever compete with that world?).

  • Loraine
    2019-02-08 06:14

    Robin Hobb writes very energetic "high fantasy," as I call her style. Under her Megan Lindholm pseudonym, she seems rather more grounded in the natural world. These books, written early in her career, are hard to come by in local libraries, but a worth finding. Her style is more workmanlike and less seismic. The fantastic and magical can be seen as shamanistic vision in The Reindeer People. Tillu is a healer, probably some time in the Pleistocene and somewhere in the arctic tundra of Old Europe, perhaps even Siberia. She has chosen to live outside the protection of a tribal clan, to protect her son Kerlew, who is different. As the story is told, he probably suffered from brain damage of some sort when a small child. He is so different that a shaman has chosen him as an apprentice, but Tillu flees, taking Kerlew with her. Lindholm writes of the forest almost mystically. Just a good read (no pun intended!), no fireworks, but interesting interplay between the characters, with a thoughtful exploration of what it is like to be different in a tribal world.

  • Matumio
    2019-02-03 22:31

    I love it when Lindholm writes about communities. There is always a moment of insight when a character realizes something that I failed to notice, either in the story or in a similar situation from my own experience.I'm placing this close to the Rain Wilds Chronicles. It is more small-world-ish and less epic than The Farseer Trilogy, and more on the realistic side. Yes there is shamanism, but you can dismiss it as superstition if you want, although it gets denser towards the end.On the downside, there is some abuse of the word "bone" as extra qualifier for every tool, and I'm starting to recognize her standard "possessive evil guy" and "unassuming good guy" male characters from other books. But that's nitpicking, I really enjoyed reading this.

  • Yehudit
    2019-02-16 02:24

    So it has been quite a while since I actually read this book, but I was going to start reading the next part of the story very soon, and so I thought I'd put some kind of perfunctory review for the first part.The upshot is this: I really enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. Honestly, the rating kind of threw me off before picking this up, but I am very glad I did. The writing was fabulous, the characters likeable and weird and just fitting with this prehistoric, dark atmosphere that permeated everything. This read had a strange effect on me: it was like I was under, or drugged, and just read this from beginning to end with a sort of foggy fascination. At the moment I finished the book, I snapped to, blinked my eyes, and was just: Wow... Hopefully, I will enjoy the second part just as much if not more. And I really hope that everything will end up okay, though I have a nagging conviction that that will not be the case. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Kenny
    2019-02-18 22:37

    This was a surprise. Recommended based on some "goodreads algorithm", but actually a book by the same author who uses the "Robin Hobb" name.... one of my favorite authors, and this book didn't let me down.This reminds me a lot of Shaman as it is about a group of people that are in the early bronze age - and struggling to live in the far nothern tundra and forests. The main story is about a woman Tillu and her child (who is apparently slightly "touched"). She flees the advances of a tribes's shaman and tries to live alone in the harsh winter, and comes across the other characters.I enjoyed this, but was quite annoyed that it stops so suddenly... this is only really half a book, but a damn good read and i want to read the follow up asap!

  • Richelle
    2019-01-30 02:26

    I did start reading this before 14 September, but I don't recall exactly when. And I set it aside for "Fool's Quest".I've only ever read one Megan Lindholm book previously and I wasn't actually that taken with it. I know that Megan is Robin Hobb. I'm not entirely sure why this was written under this pen name instead of the other. There's just as much magic in this tale as in any written under Robin Hobb. And I'm looking forward to the sequel. I don't care much for Carp, and I'm glad Tillu left the first people she was with. I much prefer Heckram's people. And Heckram. He could have been very good for Kerlew. It's a shame Kerlew has been influenced by the wrong man. I fervently hope Joboam gets what's coming to him.3 stars out of 5.

  • Catherine Bateson
    2019-02-15 00:24

    I didn't know this was a reissue from the backlist of titles by Megan Lindholm's books. Megan Lindholm also writes as Robin Hobbs (or should that be Robin Hobbs also writes as Megan Lindolm?) This was, as you'd expect, good, solid writing with believable and endearing central characters. I feel Hobbs/Lindholm always uses what she knows in fantasy and the character of Elsa's son is particularly well-drawn. I love the domestic details of fantasy like this and there's solid research behind this book. I wasn't fortunate to get the entire story in one book, so I'm looking forward to the sequel.A good read on a winter's day.

  • Doc Opp
    2019-02-09 01:35

    Megan Lindholm also writes as Robin Hobb, who is one of my favorite authors, so I decided to check this out. As Robin Hobb she's more sci-fi/fantasy. As Lindholm she's more classic fiction; although there is some fantastical element, its very subtle. The story chronicles a stone age inuit mother and her autistic son, who are forced to travel from tribe to tribe as the son's odd behaviors make him a cast off. Its not really my cup of tea as a plot, but the book was well written, and really gives a nice feel of the life and culture of a very different society from the modern. It wouldn't be my top recommendation from Lindholm, but it's not something one should avoid either.

  • Jussi Valonen
    2019-02-02 05:39

    A very enjoyable fantasy novel. What I found most interesting we're the marks of Lindholm's work as Robin Hobb. The detailed description of a world that comes alive as you read, the flawed characters who slowly work out their problems and the outsiders trying to find their place. In Kerlev one even catches a glimpse of a white prophet, weaving fates together like strings. There's also some Kerlev in Thick from the Tawny Man trilogy. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Hobb's more well known work.

  • Felicity
    2019-01-24 00:34

    I have been a huge fan of Robin Hobb since I was about 15. I love the Farseer Books and eagerly read everything Ms Hobb writes. I knew that she also wrote as Megan Lindholm, but had never read her work under this pseudonym. If I hadn't have know they were the same author, I honestly don't think I would've picked it from reading this book. I enjoyed the story, but it certainly didn't grab me the way her work as Robin Hobb has.