Young, Cherokee boy, Ugidahli Unega, is taken in by an old wizard and his wife when he is rejected by his mother's family after the mysterious death of his father. Seeking to save the dying couple, he descends into the dark world of witchcraft. Pitted against the evil cannibal witch Stone Clad in an epic confrontation, he discovers the secret of the Askina and learns that the four souls of man are the key to immortality. In his quest, he becomes the first Raven Mocker witch and must betray his family, his clan, his tribe, and the love of his life and suffers scorn, rejection, and expulsion. -- Will the Cherokee people ever accept him? -- Will the girl of his dreams forgive him? -- Will he survive or will he be destroyed. In the First Raven Mocker, Courtney Miller introduces The Cherokee Chronicles series. Youth, innocence, secrets, betrayal, the dark world, tragedy and justice are woven through this captivating and intriguing story revealing the ancient Cherokee culture few know about.
Courtney Miller is a multi-award winning author in the genres Historical Fiction, Faction (Fiction based on Fact), Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, and Geezer Lit. He is the author of The Cherokee Chronicles, The White Feather Mysteries, and Native American Antiquity.
Someone recently said that my Cherokee Chronicles series is, “as if James A. Michener and Arthur Hailey teamed up to write the Cherokee’s story.”
If that is true, then I am extraordinarily honored because I am a great fan of both authors. Arthur Hailey’s comment, “I am a storyteller and anything else is incidental,” is something I can totally identify with. I am particularly proud to be compared to Arthur Hailey, because I am trying to expose the Cherokee culture through story in the same way that he exposed the inside workings of a hotel through story, or a bank in his book, Moneychangers, or the airline industry in Airport.
This description: “fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating solid history,” was written about Michener’s novels, but could also be used to describe the Cherokee Chronicles. In the 7-book series, I have taken a fictional Cherokee family starting in mythological times with each following generation in a different point in time all the way through contact with the Europeans, interaction with the newly formed United States, and ending with their relocation from the eastern homeland to Oklahoma.
So, I am quite honored and pleased to be compared to Michener and Hailey.
The First Raven Mocker
Combining into his writing his passion for archaeology, astronomy, archaeoastronomy and history, particularly that of the indigenous Native American cultures, Courtney here has set out to create a fiction series of books based on the Cherokee culture before and after the European invasion. The stories are brought to life through the hopes, struggles, triumphs, and challenges of his characters. Characters we would recognize and identify with today, but who lived in a very different society and a very different time.