Spellbinding Native-American fantasy, sequel to It Sleeps in Me (2005).
The Black Falcon People believe that each person has three souls: the eye-soul, the shadow-soul and the reflection-soul. Sometimes these souls can wander, and the shadow-soul has been known to possess other bodies against the owner's will. Sora, High Chieftess of the Black Falcon People, is suspected of a series of murders, but thanks to the blackouts she suffers, she cannot fully defend herself against the charges. But when she's abducted by the Loon People (so that she may be held accountable for these murders), she's placed in the custody of the kindly priest Strongheart, who, through the use of wisdom and medicines, helps Sora discover the truth about herself and her past. Was she really responsible for the death of her father? Did she really kill Skinner, the Loon People's war chief? Were “wandering souls” responsible for these murders, or was it simple malfeasance? These are the questions Sora must find the answers to if she is to clear her name and find the strength to lead her people. The Florida panhandle setting is vivid, and the book is full of interesting cultural facts relevant to the time and region. Gear also provides plenty of intrigue as the plot unfolds, and spices things up now and then with steamy, erotic passages.
Strong, accessible middle volume of a projected trilogy.