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Spirit Dance

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AURORA AWARD WINNER from a multi-award winning author.

"Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids and FlashForward

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." — Charles de Lint

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." — Library Journal   “A vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King.” —Challenging Destiny

"The characters are intriguing and the story beguiling. I would like to read more about these characters." —SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

"Works on both intimate and epic levels (including a great, high adrenaline battle between armed humans, shape-shifters and forest animals). ... Smith's Heroka are expertly realized and an interesting take on the shape-shifter mythos, and each individual character within the story is just as carefully and finely crafted. Relationships are complex and many-layered, as Smith weaves a rich back-story into the lives of his characters... Love, sex, action, intrigue, humor, the complexities of life, tragedy of death, and wonder of rebirth are all packed into 'Spirit Dance'." — Rainbow Dragon Recommends

"An adventurous tale that's propelled by character drama ... If this was a Hollywood movie, this would be your blockbuster film, complete with adrenaline-pumping action, expensive special effects, and even a sex scene or two to lure in a mainstream audience." —Bibilophile Stalker, Speculative Fiction Reviews

"Smith once more creates a credible and sympathetic protagonist." —The Fix


The Heroka are an ancient race of shape shifters, drawing their powers and vitality from their animal totems. 

Gwyn Blaidd, a Heroka of the wolf totem, has been a recluse ever since a deadly battle years ago with the Tainchel, the covert government agency that hunts the Heroka—a battle that cost him the only woman he ever loved. 

But when Gwyn is asked by the head of the Heroka to stop an old friend from killing a powerful logging baron, it begins a chain of events that will force Gwyn to again confront the Tainchel—and his own dark past.

***If you like this story, check out Doug's new novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which picks up Gwyn's story five years later.

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October 21st, 2013
I got this as part of the 2013 Read and Feed America bundle. This is a fun short story. It starts of and gives you just enough information to know that something is going wrong. Things are already set in motion that the main character cares abo [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on January 27, 2012.
Douglas Smith
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