Getting To Know The Goddess Series: Summer Reading & Discussions: July 21
City of Refuge ( Fifth Sacred Thing #3 ) by Starhawk
Discussion facilitated by Linda Webster
Join us on July 21st and again on August 16th for our 2 part discussion of City of Refuge- the conclusion of Starhawk's Fifth Sacred Thing Trilogy.
City of Refuge continues the story begun in Starhawk’s previous two novels: The Fifth Sacred Thing (1994) and Walking to Mercury (1998). But you don’t need to have read these novels to follow the plot of City of Refuge. We'll have a plot summary of the first two novels availanle soon.
Every city needs three things: a plaza, a hearth, and a sacred tree... In the violent, desperate world of 2048, eco-catastrophes and societal breakdown have left the country splintered. Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred--Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of Califia defeat them using nonviolence and magic. But they'll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first. Healer Madrone struggles to repair the wounds of war and deprivation. Soldier/defector River leads an Army of Liberation to the south. Bird, musician turned guerrilla, longs to return to the fight, but now he's pledged to deeper powers. How can they build a new world when people are so deeply wounded by the old? Madrone has a dream... Build a city of refuge in the heartland of the enemy.