The Clay Remembers: Book 1 in The Clay Series
by Sharon K. Miller
The setting is in and around Tucson, AZ in the 1980’s. Having lived in Tucson during the time frame of this story I found the author has an excellent understanding of the geography and culture of the area. Her descriptions are detailed enough that I could picture the scenery yet those descriptions were not too lengthy.
The main characters are archaeologists and the author did an excellent job of describing archaeological dig techniques. Archaeology tries to be understand the ancient peoples who occupied the area; in this case the Hohokam natives of the Tucson basin. Though given a fictional name the site dig site in the book is much like the one in the Santa Catalina State Park. Woven into the story the mystical elements of Native American folklore develop the main characters and draw the reader into the stories of the modern, 19th century historical, and ancient Hohokam characters. There is smooth flow of the integrated story lines of each era.
This was an enjoyable read; historically, geographically, and culturally accurate. The well developed characters and plot were altogether believable and engaging. I believe this story is not for younger readers as there is a minor sexual encounter and several abusive scenes that I feel is not appropriate for readers under eighteen. I may be a bit old fashioned in that respect, so I would recommend parents read it first to determine if they would let younger teens read the book.
I’ll be reading books 2 and 3 of the series in the near future.