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This Widowed Land

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Lovely Andiora is a Huron Indian in seventeenth-century North America. A seeress with a bond to the spirit world, she has beheld a frightening vision-of a blond man in a black robe, whose coming will bring death and despair to her people.

Father Marc Dupre is a French missionary who has come to Quebec to preach Christianity. He is not prepared for his own growing love for Andiora, an attraction she shares with all her heart.

But more than a forbidden union threatens them both. A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Hurons, and vengeful shamans blame the "Black Robes" from Europe, crying out for the priests' deaths.

Menaced by war and disease, torn between their desires and their sacred callings, Marc and Andiora struggle to find peace and fulfillment.

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From Publishers Weekly

Mar 01, 1993 – The coauthor of the Prehistoric America series ( People of the River ) pens an absorbing if uneven tale about Jesuit missionaries who set their single, jealous god against the animal spirit guides and gods worshiped by the Huron Indians. Gear develops harsh, powerful descriptions of 17th-century Quebec, replete with blowing snow, starvation, the war cries of enemy Iroquois and a plague that, ironically, spreads along with the Jesuits' gospel. Sadly, the three Black Robes who anchor the plot--saintly, simple Phillipe; foppish whiner Luc; and steely Marc, tormented by love for Huron visonary Andiora--are static and two-dimensional. On the other hand, their leader, Jean de Brebeuf, a historical figure, has sufficient quirks and contradictions to make him seem genuine. Several others stand out, too: a blunt, roisterous French trader, an envious Huron shaman , and gritty young Onrea, who survives horrific ordeals. Gear is better at research than at imaginative writing; her use of period detail breathes life into daily events at the Huron village, and her depictions of cannibalistic torture are chilling.
This Widowed Land
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Oct 03, 2006
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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