SACRED MOUNDS: A Historical Fantasy

SACRED MOUNDS: A Historical Fantasy

by Jim Metzner


Review "This is a rollicking, thought-provoking, rollercoaster of a novel.  It's time traveling on steroids, but it asks big questions.  Bravo."  Ken Burns,  filmmaker"After de...




"This is a rollicking, thought-provoking, rollercoaster of a novel.  It's time traveling on steroids, but it asks big questions.  Bravo."  Ken Burns,  filmmaker

After decades of most American fantasy writers echoing European fantasists and using European myths, it's refreshing to see an extravagantly imaginative writer go into history and myths of the Natchez nation, taking us through a vision of the culture that was disrupted by the coming of smallpox -- and the European immigrants who came soon after.
In the meantime, we have a chance to see our own culture through the eyes of a native of the Natchez civilization, so the view is double -- us seen by them, them seen by us.  It's amazing to read something so fresh and vivid tying us back into the roots of this land and the people who knew it first."   Orson Scott Card, author "Ender's Game"

"Metzner's time-bending style is interwoven in a well-researched novel about the great Natchez Nation and the mysterious mounds across the midlands of America. This is a witty and inventive historical fantasy that seduces with twists and turns accompanied by lively street wise contemporary dialogue. It will keep you magnetically amused right up to the surprise ending."  Jaune Quick-to-See Smith,  Member, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, MT

"There are not enough words to fully outline the rich, complex and historically and culturally accurate setting of this tale of supernatural heroism. The novel folds ancient traditional wisdom into the seams of its story with the author's well-honed narrative skills, delivering the tastes and flavors of its mingling times and cultures with ease and aplomb. One ends up feeling not like an onlooker, but an active participant in the events. The book is hard to put down. It's a page-turner, but an intelligent one; one that asks more questions than it answers and left, for one, this reader hoping for a sequel."   Lee Van Laer, Senior Editor, Parabola Magazine
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

For hundreds of years, the mounds that once dotted the landscape of the eastern United States and other locations around the world have remained a mystery.  Some were burial mounds; others ceremonial.  Along with caves, they might well be the first places where human beings carried out some form of spiritual practice. The idea of something buried, unknown, overlooked, mostly forgotten but at one time significant - that's what inspired the creation of this novel. What a metaphor to work with! 
In researching "Sacred Mounds", I encountered the Natchez - the last tribe known to live near and interact with the mounds. It's their remarkable society that forms the "historical" part of the novel. The Great and Lesser Suns, the Tattooed Serpent, were all real people, along with many of the practices described in the novel.  At the Grand Village in Natchez, Mississippi, I met Hutke Fields, a descendant of the Great Sun and Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation. He graciously invited my wife and I to witness a ceremony at the Emerald Mound, sacred ground for the Natchez. Over the years, Hutke and I have become friends and he's written the foreword to Sacred Mounds.  I am grateful to him, Mark Six and all the members of the Natchez Nation who have been so generous in helping me to have a better understanding of their culture and history.
One of the themes that runs through Sacred Mounds is the idea of "becoming your name".  It begs the question, what would it mean to become ourselves - who we're meant to be?  It's a question for all of us to take to heart, including the characters in Sacred Mounds, on their journeys of discovery. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Paperback: 382 pages
Publishing date: June 16, 2020
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1951896998
ISBN-13: 978-1951896997
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


Jim studied acting at Yale Drama School and enjoyed a brief career working as a singer-songwriter in London, opening for TRex, Free and Pink Floyd! He has been producing sound-rich audio programs since 1977, including Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988 and is now heard widely as a podcast.
For many years, Jim produced features and commentaries for All Things Considered, Marketplace, Weekend Edition and other pubic radio programs. He has recorded all over the world and received major grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation. Stories about his work have appeared in Audio Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, the Today Show and the CBS Evening News. His forty-year archive of sounds is now reposited in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
A bee-keeper and avid fly-fisherman, Jim resides in New York’s Hudson River Valley with his wife Eileen.
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