Rated of 5
by sherilyn R (Bountiful, UT)
A Long but Great Read
My first impression of the book Song of the Spirits was fairly daunting. It's a huge book at 687 pages. Not something you'd pick up casually.
The book is divided into five parts and covers five years in the lives of two young women: Kura an exotic, talented half-Maori heiress and her beautiful spirited tomboy of a cousin Elaine. Life in 1890's New Zealand, the Maori culture and the beauty of the land becomes as important to the plot and character of the book as the experiences of these two protagonists.
After I got all the characters and the back story straight, which took some time, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I learned much about the history of New Zealand and the native culture. It made me want to go to New Zealand and see it for myself.