About Spirit Fire
In 3000 BCE a war of destruction sweeps across the pre-historic northern hemisphere in the second book of the Neandertal trilogy, Spirit Fire!
Warlog, the man who invented war, hears rumors of unusual people living in caves far east of his land. Rayloc, his shaman, fears the strange people are droglits, servants of evil from deep in the earth who have come to destroy their way of life.
Sotif, History Man of the Alliance between Earth People and Sun People, tries to guard his culture against changes that could induce Mother Earth to withdraw her blessings. But Warlog and his army arrive intent upon breaking the Alliance by subjugating the Sun People and destroying the Earth People (droglits).
Faced with this threat, Sotif races to find the Spirit Fire, the symbol left to his people thousands of years ago by the great priestess, Kectu. Only the Spirit Fire can bring hope to Sotif’s people and help them defeat Warlog. The key to success ultimately lies in the hands of Tincolad, one of Warlog’s warriors captured by the Alliance. Sotif must convince the young warrior to help, but he will not listen to Sotif’s arguments. Not even Tincolad’s love for Soft Cloud seems able to sway him.
Spirit Fire Book Review
I’ve just finished reading “Spirit Fire: Neandertals Book Two” by author Glen R. Stott, and let me just say: Bravo! Well done! “Spirit Fire: Neandertals Book Two” is the second book in the three part Neandertal saga, and it does not disappoint... Stott has successfully brought the many characters forward from “Heart of the Bison,” the first book in this epic adventure. Stott writes with fervor and flair, and leaves the reader anxious for more. Five stars.
Reviewed by Author Charline Ratcliff for Rebecca’s Reads
Glen R. Stott's novel, “Spirit Fire,” is the second work of fiction in a trilogy on Neandertals. The book shares characters with its predecessor, “Heart of the Bison,” but that does not appear to me to be the real thread of what links these incredible tales. I think really what Mr. Stott is up to is far more layered than just the story of certain characters. It appears now, to this reviewer, that he is chiseling down the undertows of civilization, the war minded ways, the real world and psychological repercussions of prejudice, the jealousies, the rages, and the unalterable trajectories life on our planet can take because of reactionary natures in societies. Deep stuff? You better believe it. Human nature is being laid out here. And it is being done with stories that glide along the page, full and interesting stories that force one to stay on the couch and continue turning pages.
Neandertals are the higher plain of species here and they are singled out to be victimized because of it. These Neandertals, known also as Earth People, have been provided miraculous things by Mother Earth. They are spiritual in a way, enlightened enough to accept caves to dwell in, embrace the vision they are given, the fortitude and foresight. As Einstein said though, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” The Neandertals’ distant Cro-Magnon relations have a legend about an evil god that brings cave dwellers forth to use magic for bad ends, the old typical way of stigmatizing the new or progressive. It almost always leads to war, and that is the stir here. Peaceful alliances are threatened. The Earth People and the Sun People have been at ease together going on forever. Warlog, the Cro-Magnon warrior leader, sparked by the desire to bring all around him into conformity with what is believed the way to survive discovers the Earth People. Driven by the legends, he sets out to divide the Earth People and the Sun People, to destroy what will not capitulate.
“Spirit Fire” gives us the beginnings of war. It conjures powerfully drawn characters such as Sotif and Warlog and Rayloc and Soft Cloud and Pale Water to hammer out an adventure that ratchets adrenaline through the reader's core. It gives us societies we can know because of Stott's deceptively straight forward prose. He is up to so much here and is smart enough, and enough of a writer, to not bog himself, or us, down in pedantry, in academic posturing. No doubt he has done his research. Thankfully, he is a storyteller of the highest pedigree and so makes interesting civilizations we have no firsthand knowledge of. To read “Spirit Fire” is to be given a treasure of fable alive in the text. It is also, in my opinion, a flicker of light, a giant measure of insight into the underpinnings of today's life forces, our ways, our quagmires, our spirits, our intricate and many foibles and wonders.
Spirit Fire Book Excerpts