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In the Time That Was   By: (1871-)

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In "In the Time That Was" by James Frederic Thorne, readers are transported to a captivating world of enchantment and adventure. Thorne's skillful storytelling takes us on a thrilling journey through time, allowing us to witness the unfolding of a remarkable tale.

The story centers around a young protagonist who unexpectedly discovers an ancient artifact, setting in motion a series of events that lead to a stunning revelation about the past. Thorne expertly weaves together elements of history and fantasy, immersing us in a world where legends and myths come to life.

One of the notable aspects of this novel is the attention to detail in Thorne's descriptions. From vibrant landscapes to intricate magical realms, every scene is vividly portrayed, creating a truly immersive reading experience. Through his eloquent prose, the author manages to evoke a wide range of emotions, making it impossible for readers not to feel deeply invested in the characters' journey.

Speaking of characters, Thorne does an excellent job in crafting a diverse and compelling cast. Each character brings something unique to the story, with their own personal motivations and complexities. As readers get to know them, they become more than just fictional personas; they become fellow travelers on this mesmerizing quest.

Furthermore, the pacing of the narrative is skillfully executed, allowing for a balanced blend of action-packed sequences and moments of quiet introspection. This ensures that the story never feels stagnant, with each chapter propelling the plot forward and leaving readers eagerly turning the pages.

Thorne's ability to seamlessly blend elements of history and fantasy is truly commendable. By intertwining real historical events with elements of mythology, he creates a universe that manages to feel both familiar and extraordinary. This combination ensures that readers not only get a thrilling adventure but also an opportunity to reflect upon the significance of the past.

Though the plot is engaging and the writing is excellent, there are a few instances where the pacing feels a little rushed. However, this minor setback in no way diminishes the overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, "In the Time That Was" is a captivating and enthralling read that will enchant fans of historical fiction and fantasy alike. Thorne's ability to transport readers to another time and place is truly commendable. With its richly developed characters, immersive world-building, and well-crafted plot, this novel is an absolute must-read for those seeking an escape into a world of magic, mystery, and adventure.

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In The Time That Was

Dedicated to Ah Koo

Done into English by J. Frederic Thorne ( Kitchakahaech )

Illustrated by Judson T. Sergeant ( To u sucka )

Seattle, Washington, U. S. A.

BEING THE FIRST volume of a series of Legends of the tribe of Alaskan Indians known as the Chilkats of the Klingats As told by Zachook the "Bear" to Kitchakahaech the "Raven"


In the Time That Was

"And There Was Light."

Zachook of the Chilkats told me these tales of The Time That Was. But before the telling, he of the Northland and I of the Southland had travelled many a mile with dog team, snowshoes, and canoe.

If the stories suffer in the telling, as suffer they must afar from that wondrous Alaskan background of mountain and forest, glacier and river, wrenched from the setting of campfires and trail, and divorced from the soft gutturals and halting throat notes in which they have been handed down from generation to generation of Chilkat and Chilkoot, blame not Zachook, who told them to me, and forbear to blame me who tell them to you as best I may in this stiff English tongue. They were many months in the telling and many weary miles have I had to carry them in my memory pack.

I had lost count of the hours, lost count of the days that at best are marked by little change between darkness and dawn in the Northland winter, until I knew not how long I had lain there in my blanket of snow, waiting for the lingering feet of that dawdler, Death, to put an end to my sufferings... Continue reading book >>

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