"At first, Snap was aware of a few background noises -- a baby
cried, the fire crackled, one of the older children laughed.
Eventually, the other sounds disappeared, and she heard only the
ancient rhythm of the drums, the dancers' voices, and the sounds of
her own feet as they beat a path to an unclear future."
On the parched African earth more than half a million years ago
sits the village of Kura, a matriarchal society of Homo erectus.
Snap -- a young, passionate woman of Kura -- is destined to lead
her people, and this year she must select a mate for the first
time. Will she choose someone different each year, or will she find
one mate she wants to pick over and over again, like her mother,
Whistle, the next leader of Kura? As the Bonding ceremony
approaches, Snap's future remains unknown. But Whistle, when her
mate doesn't return, chooses a stranger with ideas far more
dangerous than the lions that kill with a single slash.
When Snap challenges the stranger's growing power one too many
times, she is brutally cast out to survive or perish. Abandoned and
alone, she risks her life -- and the future of her people -- to
stand up against an unthinkable evil. Unknown to her, the same
danger threatens other villages as well. Soon, Snap and a new band
of outcasts will face a force more terrifying -- and deadly -- than
any of Africa's natural threats.
Both imaginative and believable, "Daughter of Kura"
astonishingly brings to life an ancient and untamed world. Austin
has created an unforgettable heroine who comes of age in a
thrilling tale of courage, loyalty, and passion.
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||229 x 159 x 30mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound / Paper over boards / With dust jacket
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