"Now, the dream state is harmless for most. If someone stumbles into the dream and gets into trouble, they just wake up. Those that don't, well, they could die. It has happened, although it's rare. Those who practice medicine ways, or the ways of dream warrior, Shamans, sorcerers, and witches, we can die here." An excerpt from page 48. Little Feather is another assured step forward in Gordon Horton's progression as a fantastic writer. After discovering his first book, Jason King, I'm enthralled with this follow-up series, Little Feather. In many ways, these two series embody many notions and preach certain ideologies about spirituality, many of which are fascinating to me. Following on from the death of Jason King, Shelly the succeeding protagonist of this series lived with no mentor. In many ways, Shelly lamented and sometimes feels sad about the death of Jason. She views Jason as a man who saved her life. Shelly faced another saddening occurrence when some drifters invaded her parent's house, they killed her father, and her poor mother was ruthlessly raped. Though Shelly ends up killing these wicked men, however, the aftermath of the scar it left in her heart cannot be erased. Especially seeing her mother in such a despicable situation, it's heart-wrenching and pitiable. Shelly found comfort through, Anita, Jason's daughter. She also seems to find peace in her bi-sexuality, she had fallen in love with Sam, and sometimes the spirit of Karen (who was a prominent character in the first book, despite her death) often visits her. Shelly wasn't deprived of that right, she enjoyed the seemingly link that presumably exists between the living and the dead. While reading through the conversation that exists between some characters in this part, I paused in my contemplation of the realness of incarnation, life after death, shamanism, spirituality, and ghost, among many other themes, many of which made for an interesting discussion around this sensitive and obscure subject. I love the hilarious kissing experience between Shelly and Cindy, as Sam watches and shouts them to stop. I like the deep spiritual composition of this book, many talked about mysticism, the time difference in realms, shamanism, lucid dream, and the adventure of flying in one's dream, just as Shelly experienced on page 29, and the scenario whereby Shelly's father wanted her to come to join them in the realm of the dead and how her mother wanted her to stay. This book is such a dynamic read, I love the characterization, some of my most admirable characters in this book are Anita, Running Moon, Karen, Geronimo, Sam, and Cindy, to mention a few. The storytelling technique is quite amazing, with its first-person narrator's point of view. The transition moves from joy to despair, and it truly made for an interesting plot twist. Once again, Gordon Horton proves himself as a brilliant writer, and I look forward to what he comes up with next. I'd love to recommend this book to lovers of fantasy, ghost fiction, and literature at large.
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