American Shaman, Book One: An illustrated e novel about courage and the Three Trials.
Author Brian Prioleau
Truly mythological, realistically magical, visually seductive
American Shaman, Book One is an illustrated enovel about a young hero discovering the source of his own strength: the power to heal. The shaman trainee Geser, named after the first shaman, finds himself in contemporary Texas when he is called to his third and final trial to become a full shaman -- the Trial of the Spirit.
American Shaman, Book One uses the world's first hero myth to tell of a timeless battle between good and evil, and of one person's choices, joys and losses. The ancient myths and the contemporary come together because it has always been true: a shaman becomes a hero by learning the stories, the discipline and the perserverance of his predecessors and making them his own.
It is a tight read and it uses imaginative graphics, from ten millenia ago and last summer, to tell the tale of a unique quest. I had the privilege of working with Jim Siergey, an illustrator with a national reputation, and he helped me conceptualize Spirit Ground with terrific four-color illustrations in a graphic style. His incidental sketches were witty and visually compelling too. Put alongside ancient Shaman drum paintings, Siergey's drawings created a dialog between the ancient and modern that was unexpected yet very much the point.
American Shaman, Book One is the book that doesn't feel like a book.