Maybe I'll come back to it in the future and give it another go; if I have a different response then I'll update/replace this review. Overall, I enjoyed the story and appreciated reconnecting with the characters. Healer Madrone struggles to repair the wounds of war and deprivation. You didn’t need to save them. City of Refuge is available to purchase on Kindle and comes out in print March 1. Good sequel to the first. But that's to be expected. It was ok. Not merely enough to show the wage slaves freedom; there's also a long road ahead in improving their values and vision. I contributed to the Kickstarter for this book...and boy, now that I'm several chapters into it....I just don't care. Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred--Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Posted on January 6, 2016 December 3, 2016 by Meg Elison. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I just got around to reading “The Fifth Sacred Thing” this summer, and it was an instant favorite. And, for folks in Australia, Europe and elsewhere, they print in many countries so hopefully we can lower those horrifically high mailing costs! City of Refuge has been printed, uploaded, and mailed out to our Kickstarter supporters. Can they do it? by Califia Press. Not a comfortable read, especially with what is going on politically as of late, but a good one. Sensual and erotic, meticulously detailed, intellectually satisfying—and also action packed, intense, and incredibly touching all at once. I read the previous books in the series long ago, and the rule of the Stewards is becoming daily more believable as a near-future dystopia. Start by marking “City of Refuge (Maya Greenwood, #3)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. City of Refuge is Starhawk ’s powerful and profound sequel to the Fifth Sacred Thing. In City of Refuge, Starhawk demonstrates that the novelist makes the human impact of change real in a way that no report or speeches can. In City of Refuge, Starhawk demonstrates that the novelist makes the human impact of change real in a way that no report or speeches can. It must be a challenge to return to a world you've written about 20 years ago and keep it consistent, and she did. I contributed to the Kickstarter for this book...and boy, now that I'm several chapters into it....I just don't care. But I think Starhawk would have benefitted from a harsh editor who would have kept the plot moving. First, I … Bird, musician turned guerrilla, longs to return to the fight, but now he’s pledged to deeper powers. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism. By far the strongest book in the series. I think Starhawk has a lot to teach us. I've heard a little bit about Starhawk possibly having traditional/Dianic/non-intersectional views, so every time one of the "uneducated" people uses a pejorative term for a woman or a non binary person and is not challenged, I cringed. Her latest is the newly published fiction novel City of Refuge, the long-awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. We’d love your help. Besides, I’ve got credits to burn.” He did. City of Refuge was written by that same activist in her sixties, and seemingly from a place of greater reflection and humility. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published A lot has changed since then. Scientists offer statistics, politicians offer promises. is I think more a core question for me than what she explored in the Fifth "is it possible to win non-violently?" We’re going to distribute City of Refuge through Ingram, which will make it available as a print-on-demand physical book to sites throughout the web and to bookstores. It really needed stricter editing. She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion. Bird and Madrone, two of the central characters in Fifth, take the road to the South, to "build a city of refuge in the heartland of the enemy," once again juxtaposing one way of life against another. Every city needs three things: a plaza, a … -Diana L. Paxson, author of the Chronicles of Westria, “City of Refuge is not just a wonderful piece of fiction and the sequel to a great book, it offers the reader opportunities to explore different perspectives on how to accomplish complex challenging goals of liberation in a world where there are destructive, greedy cruel-intentioned people in power.”, “Highest recommendation for this grand, inspirational adventure which could make a big positive impact on the future of the world. It's beautiful allegory and stories about the characters that represent parts of our own psyche, and about the world that we want to create. Stories of Transformation. Reading the books was like having Starhawk as a teacher, offering new ways to think of solving many of the problems of our modern world and human nature. I value and respect Starhawk as a Pagan leader and visionary. Her book The Spiral Dance (1979) was one of the main inspirations behind the Goddess movement. Average, if your bored. City of Refuge is the sequel to Starhawk’s novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. In The Fifth Sacred Thing, the people resist a brutal invasion using nonviolence and magic.They ask how do we resist violence without becoming what we’re fighting against? She is known as a theorist of feminist Neopaganism and ecofeminism. I kind of consider The Fifth Sacred Thing the permaculture 'bible'. It just should be better. Of course it's a bit preachy at times, but also a good read- good pacing, good characters. "Choices. You can read some excerpts below. I love this book, possibly more than the first in the series - the Fifth Sacred Thing (which was also amazing, but a bit heavy on polyamory for those who don't lean that way). this world starhawk has created is an absolute blessing. I’ll be posting updates here and on my Schedule page for upcoming events, interviews and reviews! Her latest nonfiction is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, and forthcoming in February, 2016 is City of Refuge, the long-awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. The more they worked, the more credits they got. I read this book as someone familiar with Starhawk's political and spiritual writing, and also with The Fifth Sacred Thing, so there was nothing here that surprised me on those counts. And, I think this book could have used an aggressive editor. And a second surprise that it was done well. At first I was daunted by the size, but the story was good and I cared about the characters, so the length turned into an asset. Breathe. I think Starhawk has a lot to teach us. Instead of being survivalist porn centered around bullets and beans, the two books are written from an eco-feminist point of view. She really stuck to the intention of keeping the story consistent. I loved THE FIFTH SACRED THING although it took me a while to get into it. I fell in love with the characters, the revolution, felt a pant of connected sorrow for the epidemics their communities suffer through as we all struggle with COVID-19. They all did. Refresh and try again. And, I think this book could have used an aggressive editor. The 1st 2 chapters brought healing tears to my cheeks 3 times already, whether in empathy with characters or tears of joy.”, “An evocative, descriptive, thrilling look at an alternate future – let’s not call it a dystopian novel since it allows so much more room for hope than most of that genre…City of Refuge is a novel for anyone concerned about our future, hopeful for the promise of community solutions to climate change and ready to be inspired by a visionary look at what is possible. Her latest nonfiction is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, and forthcoming in February, 2016 is City of Refuge, the long-awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. Her latest is the newly published fiction novel City of Refuge, the long-awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. City of Refuge by Starhawk (Yikes–just realized how long it’s been since I updated this blog! I was amused that, since Starhawk couldn't introduce any "futuristic" technologies that she hadn't foreseen in the first book, nobody had anything resembling a smartphone. I was amused that, since Starhawk couldn't introduce any "futuristic" technologies that she hadn't foreseen in the first book, nobody had anything resembling a smartphone. In fact, the system I came up with for the world of The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge would be my preference: everyone has a basic, guaranteed income, that represents your fair share of common resources and the wealth of the past. It's more complex. I would say it didn't have the same hard hitting impact on me that Fifth did when I read it as a 21 year old. It's less witchy and magical than Fifth Sacred Thing, I would say. It's longer than necessary and all the various sub-plots can be hard to keep up with. But they’ll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first. I kept seeing descriptors of peoples' skin as chocolate or coffee or caramel and remembering this article: An evocative, descriptive, thrilling look at an alternate future - let's not call it a dystopian novel since it allows so much more room for hope than most of that genre. City of Refuge : the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. I'm glad I did. Good book for a pandemic. I'm glad I did. Yawn. In City of Refuge, Starhawk demonstrates that the novelist makes the human impact of change real in a way that no report or speeches can. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Reading the books was like having Starhawk as a teacher, offering new ways to think of solving many of the problems of our modern world and human nature. What a great surprise to find out that, over twenty years after The Fifth Sacred Thing was published, there is now a sequel! I value and respect Starhawk as a Pagan leader and visionary. It's too earnest. There is a lot to love about this book, so many aspects of what's true in our struggle and the world I want to see, beautifully described in this epic tale. The somebody you become is the sum total of the choices you make", I loved this story just as much as the Fifth Sacred Thing, but I was a little wary as I was reading. The basic question it explores "how to create a more just, sane, beautiful world within the greater destructive systems around us?" Discuss the principles of City of Refuge, The Fifth Sacred Thing, or any of Starhawk's books or teachings. “May the wind carry her spirit gently May the Fire release her soul, May the Water cleanse her, may the Earth receive her, May the Goddess take her in her arms and guide her to rebirth.”, “It’s worth ten times the price to get you out of those things. I was late getting to The Fifth Sacred Thing, and it was such a treat being able to seamlessly read its sequel City of Refuge back to back. Thank you, everyone! A lot has changed since then. But they’ll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first. And it's obvious that it was written 20 years later, which makes sense. (Alas, no mainstream publisher wanted to publish it, so it was funded via Kickstarter. Or is some damage beyond repair? We made our goal, and far beyond it, and I will soon write another blog to update you all on the whole, roller-coaster process as we officially launch the book this month–February, 2016!) [it had a good ending, which is nice to read about these days. A compelling vision of a feminist egalitarian pacifist world in the midst of conflict. ), I loved it! Cover art for City of Refuge by Jessica Perlstein. It's more complex. Starhawk's prose is beautiful, and the story is action packed - full of love, passion, adventure, rebellion and everything else you need to keep you turning pages, while also feeling inspired as to how us humans might survive the social chaos lurking behind our current environmental crises. These books have been such a gift to see the power of love, nonviolence, community and connectedness. That being said, I did get into the book and as it starts moving faster I had a harder time putting it down. “Build a refuge in the heartland of the enemy.” How do we build a new world, when people are so broken by the old? There is so much there to think about and digest! Change is coming. Starhawk has an inspiring vision and she is an amazing storyteller. Starhawk says that the question that animates City of Refuge is, "How do you build a new world when people are so deeply damaged by the old?". Expiring money: The more they got, the more they needed to spend them before they expired, which they did after a year. Starhawk draws from her futuristic novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel, her new book. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred—Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. December 2015 This was a good conclusion to the trilogy, filled with action and. And people have been posting such sweet reviews! You don’t need to save them. “Palestine,” or “Racism.”, EAT Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Culinary Magic w/ Chef Carin McKay & Starhawk | Online. This could be my exact word for word review. Undoubtedly there’s a better system than capitalism for supporting art and literature. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and for On Faith, the Newsweek/Washington Post online forum on religion. I'm a jaded 37 year old now. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, (www.earthactivisttraining.org), teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism. although they are both beautifully paired. It took me a while to get through this because the beginning dragged a lot. It's not her best writing, either; she needed a better editorial team. It's not her best writing, either; she needed a better editorial team. We made our goal, and far beyond it, and I will soon write another blog to update you all on the whole, roller-coaster process as we officially launch the book this month–February, 2016!) Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. Many fine books make me cry once, at the climax, but City of Refuge is multi-orgasmic. It must be a challenge to return to a world you've written about 20 years ago and keep it consistent, and she did. I'd say it makes the most sense to read these books in the order they were written, starting with The Fifth Sacred Thing, then the prequel, Walking to Mercury, and then ending with City of Refuge. Top of my criteria is that a read releases emotions and opens my heart. All the things that Maya’s generation had saved for—a home of one’s own, retirement, the kids’ college education, medical emergencies—all those were now each person’s birthright. City of Refuge is the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk's utopian/dystopian novel set in a future California. It’s a bold and imaginative book, inspiring and hopeful, and yet somehow believable. The basic question it explores "how to create a more just, sane, beautiful world within the greater destructive s. I loved it! Starhawk is one of the prominent leaders in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. City of Refuge is the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk's utopian/dystopian novel set in a future California. City of Refuge by Starhawk City of Refuge envisions what a community committed to nature based spirituality and ethics could look like. I gave up. Even in an egalitarian ecotopia people have issues, and even those brainwashed by the dystopian enemies of the City can heal. In a word—visionary. It’s actually the 3rd novel of the story that begins in the 1960’s in Walking To Mercury. It took nearly twenty years for Starhawk to revisit the story of The Fifth Sacred Thing, though she’s written many pagan-themed nonfiction books in the interim. The more they got, the more they needed to spend them before they expired, which they did after a year. I love being in this world created by Starhawk, where the characters are complex and genuine, and hope abounds in spite of "post-apocalyptic" setting. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... Sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, following the overthrow of the Stewards. Discuss the principles of City of Refuge, The Fifth Sacred Thing, or any of Starhawk's books or teachings. This year, Starhawk’s “City of Refuge” was the gift I bought myself. When the surplus was totaled each year—for the City inevitably ended up with a net surplus—it was simply a measure that they had produced more than they consumed, given more than they took back.”. Every city needs three things: a plaza, a hearth, and a sacred tree… I gave up. City of Refuge is Starhawk ’s powerful and profound sequel to the Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk has given us a trilogy of books that share her vision and wisdom. City of Refuge is deeper than a simple dramatization of Starhawk’s politics. It’s actually the 3rd novel of the story that begins in the 1960’s in Walking To Mercury. It just should be better. City of Refuge is located in the middle of one of Atlanta’s most historic and struggling neighborhoods where nearly 40% of the residents live below the Federal Poverty Level. It's longer than necessary and all the various sub-plots can be hard to keep up with. This book is a GREAT read!”, You may search any key word from the Search field above, or click on the Categories below to see a list of subjects i.e. I loved THE FIFTH SACRED THING although it took me a while to get into it. Starhawk has written the story we have been waiting for, absolutely a must-read. Maybe I'll come back to it in the future and give it another go; if I have a different response then I'll update/. Welcome back. For that reason, this book belongs not just in the hands of Pagans or … City of Refuge is the third in the series. I abandoned this book for exactly that reason. City of Refuge is the third in the series. Not just theoretically possible but actually possible, especially with solutions like permaculture, water reuse, alternate forms of energy and different methods of sharing power and responsibility. City of Refuge is a worthy addition to an emerging sub-genre of post-cataclysmic survival that includes The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and Star’s Reach by John Michael Greer, offering inspiration to respond to change by creating a new harmony. But what will the changes, and the choices that are before us, mean? In City of Refuge, Healer Madrone has a dream.“Build a city of refuge in the heartland of the … Starhawk has given us a trilogy of books that share her vision and wisdom. First, I … I am a huge fan of the Fifth Sacred Thing and had been excitedly awaiting City of Refuge. When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of Califia defeat them using nonviolence and magic. 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