Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Bear with Two Shadows by Roland Yeomans - A Review

For Hibbs, The Bear with Two Shadows, nothing is as it seems.

The Bear with Two Shadows, R. Yeomans

The Bear with Two Shadows
by Roland Yeomans

In this tale based on Native lore, we meet a young bear who must learn patience, humility, and tolerance. He must learn who to trust. The reader will meet mythical and ethereal creatures and characters in this story who appear in later novels. We watch as Hibbs stumbles at times, but recovers. He learns slowly, but he doesn't forget. His companions might disagree with that, but they give their allegiance to him.

The Turquoise Woman, aka 'Grandmother', Surt, and Little Brother, protect and aid the innocent, but innately powerful bear. His enemies gather on another front, taunting and testing him. Hibbs is tossed from one time period to another, where he must recover through his wits and generous heart. He has a confrontation looming and he doesn't like to kill. Will this be his Waterloo? Will he kill to help his mates? Read to find out how he copes.

If you like stories based on Native American lore and legend, try reading The Bear with Two Shadows. Also available in audio format. These are stories fascinating in their composition of mythology, native lore, and social issues. Don't forget to visit Roland's blog, Writing in the Crosshairs. Check out the right sidebar for samples of his writing and his prolific production of stories that will enchant you. His ordering information can be found there.

Roland Yeomans writes in New Orleans, a city with a history and a dark past that won't let us forget what it's endured. He writes of the stories he remembers and creates his own universe in an old part of the city. His native stories and his paranormal tales include a bit of romance, a lot of suspense, literary referencing, and delightful interludes/snarky comebacks between the characters. Roland also offers some of his titles/stories in audio format and as serials.

BTW - If you haven't sampled his Victor Standish series, you should. Many literary characters drop in at Meilori's, the jazz bar, to see what's happening after dark.


Are you familiar with stories similar to these, based on old legends or lore? Are there stories you remember from your childhood, told in legend or lore form? Have you read any of Roland's books or stories?

I'd love to hear about your own stories or memories. Please share in the comments, and thanks for dropping by.