Book Two of the Spirit Voyager Series. Seven years have elapsed since Marama and her people fled Hawaiki before nature' s unfolding wrath. With the guidance of their ancestors, they navigated the ocean, settling in the welcoming arms of Aotearoa. During the turbulent journey, Marama found herself, and let go of grief to love again. Now, her son must return to the islands, as a prophecy foretold. The three men she loves the most, sail without her. To save their undefended village, Marama abandons her people. Lured into the schemes of an unknown tribe' s ancestors, Marama strives to find a way to survive. Claimed by a brutal chief, she must gain his favour without being dominated. Manipulated by desperate ancestors, she cannot escape and risk losing her children. She finds herself an object of hatred, in a village that places no value on women. In desperation, Marama must win friends, allies and risk placing her trust in sympathetic captors. The ancestors and Gods offer the only chance for her to reclaim her freedom. Marama will challenge the inequality and cultural fabric of her adopted village. The struggle to hold fast to her humanity and values, in the face of intergenerational evil, taxes her sorely. If she loses the battle, many lives will be lost, including her own. Isolated, lost, the future is weaving apace.
Man, it' s so hard to put down. Well done, it reminds me a bit of Clan of the Cave Bear. Buyer Hayley Houkamau; Just finished the book it was so hard holding in the teas at the end!!! I feel that I am learning a lot about Maori culture, like a history lesson on why we do the things we do, how customs came about! I especially love the spiritual realm - OMG can' t wait for Book Three! Reviewer Katerina Kupenga; We cannot always control the strands of flax that are held in the hands of another weaver, was the heart of the novel for me. It is again compelling and the twists have me wanting to savour as well as read on Editor and poet Katrina Reedy
R. de Wolf is a Ma ori author from the East Coast of New Zealand. After many years living in Australia and abroad, she now lives in Tu ranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) with her husband. The Inspiration for the Spirit Voyager series, The Future Weavers is the second of six books, was people' s curiosity to understand where, how and why Ma ori people came to Aotearoa (New Zealand). The stories are fiction but draw on aspects of history and Pasefika culture. R. de Wolf' s novels incorporate themes she is passionate about - equality, empowerment, the balance of nature, the acknowledgement of ancient wisdom, and the importance of women' s rights.