Shadow Valley

  • by Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by Patricia Floyd
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This mythical tale—a sequel to Barnes’ Great Sky Woman - is set in Africa in 28,000 B.C. and follows a tribal leader who must find a new land for her people.
After the catastrophic eruption of Father Mountain, the Ibandi are divided, desperate, and afraid. Most have followed the only person in whom they still believe: young Sky Woman, who was on the great mountain when it exploded and who, along with Frog Hopping, returned to tell the tale. Nurtured by an elder whose searing visions have left her blind, Sky Woman nonetheless doubts her own visionary powers as she follows a path she can hardly discern-across savannah and parched plains-to find a valley of plenty for a people on the brink of collapse.
But in fact, Sky Woman and Frog were not the only survivors of the mountain's explosion. Another man has emerged from the destruction, vengeance pulsing in his veins, to lead a separate group of Ibandi into a vicious and reckless act of war. Soon these two strands of survivors will meet, through chance, desperation, and sheer willpower.
In a world in which every moment is lived on the edge between life and death, where animal and human predators can strike in an instant, where the gods themselves seem lost, and dreams entwine with reality, a people's destiny rushes toward them. The Ibandi must make a last, violent stand against complete destruction.


What the Critics Say

“[A]ll at once rugged and elegant in style, a mix of harsh bloodletting with a primeval close-to-the-land beauty.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Steven Barnes has done it again!!!

If you could sum up Shadow Valley in three words, what would they be?

I enjoyed Great Sky Woman so much and was delighted to find this sequel. It certainly lived up to the task. Thank you and I do hope there will be more.

What about Patricia Floyd’s performance did you like?

I love Patricia's narritive. She really makes the characters come to life.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Steven, Patricia, and Audible.

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- ebelle1782

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books