Spiral by Margaret C. Murray plunges the reader into a magic, gripping world spiraling in crisis at the end of a ancient culture that built Great Houses as big as the Roman Coliseum when medieval Europe was still in the Dark Ages. Spiral poses the question: How far would a mother go to save her child?
At the sacred time of the Fall Equinox, Willow waits for her lover by a riverbed in Chaco Canyon but when Water Hunter finally comes it is only to say goodbye. Desolate, Willow becomes an expert pot maker, turning for comfort to a gentle hunter of her own Coyote Clan who she marries and with whom she has a son. Willow cannot know then the Elders, threatened by the power of Willow’s shaman mother, are planning to kidnap the infant and sacrifice him to the sun dagger in hopes of ending the drought. She cannot foresee the strength required of her when her mother and then her husband are disappeared in their struggle to save her child.