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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. But they’ll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first. On January 4, it became available as a Kindle edition on Amazon, here. City of Refuge is Starhawk ’s powerful and profound sequel to the Fifth Sacred Thing. This book, and the two before it, has so much meaning for me. Starhawk has given us a trilogy of books that share her vision and wisdom. Both books are works of post-apocalyptic fiction.The series differs from most books in this genre. And people have been posting such sweet reviews! It's less witchy and magical than Fifth Sacred Thing, I would say. For that reason, this book belongs not just in the hands of Pagans or … It's longer than necessary and all the various sub-plots can be hard to keep up with. Bird, musician turned guerrilla, longs to return to the fight, but now he’s pledged to deeper powers. (Not to diss Mollison's Designer's Manual, but it's a how-to, rants, and not story-telling) But now I think City of Refuge might have a stronger claim to that title. And it's obvious that it was written 20 years later, which makes sense. And, I think this book could have used an aggressive editor. This year, Starhawk’s “City of Refuge” was the gift I bought myself. Discuss the principles of City of Refuge, The Fifth Sacred Thing, or any of Starhawk's books or teachings. And, I think this book could have used an aggressive editor. Undoubtedly there’s a better system than capitalism for supporting art and literature. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and for On Faith, the Newsweek/Washington Post online forum on religion. 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. 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. 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. 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. I can’t imagine who else but Starhawk could have written this novel, City of Refuge (sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing). I'm a jaded 37 year old now. City of Refuge by Starhawk 412 ratings, 4.55 average rating, 54 reviews City of Refuge Quotes Showing 1-6 of 6 “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.” 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. It took me a while to get through this because the beginning dragged a lot. 6 th. Getting the third book in this series brought a lot of things full circle for me. Good sequel to the first. I'll be recommending this book everywhere and thank you to Starhawk for writing more of this adventure!! In the violent, desperate world of 2048, eco-catastrophes and societal breakdown have left the country splintered. City of Refuge is the sequel to Starhawk’s novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. It must be a challenge to return to a world you've written about 20 years ago and keep it consistent, and she did. The journey that began five years ago has reached another milestone. To see what your friends thought of this book. And a second surprise that it was done well. 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. 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. 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. 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. As a novel, I think this is a stronger effort than Fifth Sacred Thing: the characters are more three-dimensional and the world-building is fuller than in the previous one (there are even a few places where people in the southlands note that the northerners are overly preachy about their own ways of doing things; I live in the Bay Area and am a fan of much of Starhawk's vision for post-apocalyptic San Francisco, but this made me laugh in recognition just the same :)) This book is not for everyone, but if you enjoyed the other books in the series, you won't be disappointed. 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. Good book for a pandemic. This was a good conclusion to the trilogy, filled with action and. Every city needs three things: a plaza, a hearth, and a sacred tree… What a great surprise to find out that, over twenty years after The Fifth Sacred Thing was published, there is now a sequel! She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion. By far the strongest book in the series. "Choices. And, for folks in Australia, Europe and elsewhere, they print in many countries so hopefully we can lower those horrifically high mailing costs! A compelling vision of a feminist egalitarian pacifist world in the midst of conflict. Starhawk has an inspiring vision and she is an amazing storyteller. Starhawk is one of the prominent leaders in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. Breathe. Cover art for City of Refuge by Jessica Perlstein. It must be a challenge to return to a world you've written about 20 years ago and keep it consistent, and she did. We’re just waiting for them to process the upload and for the sites to update their lists of available books. There is so much there to think about and digest! Welcome back. Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred—Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. I backed the Kickstarter and couldn’t wait for it to show up. 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. I value and respect Starhawk as a Pagan leader and visionary. Can they do it? River, a soldier who defected from the Stewards' army, leads the Army of Liberation to the South. Stories of Transformation. Besides, I’ve got credits to burn.” He did. The more they got, the more they needed to spend them before they expired, which they did after a year. Even in an egalitarian ecotopia people have issues, and even those brainwashed by the dystopian enemies of the City can heal. And she can get preachy at times. It was ok. 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. City of Refuge The Fifth Sacred Thing is a 1993 post-apocalyptic novel by Starhawk . I recognize why these characters might have been taught those views, but it still bothered me that in a story filled with inclusivity of other kinds, there was still this unchallenged hurtful language. When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of Califia defeat them using nonviolence and magic. by Califia Press. I wanted to love it but it goes no where near the 1st book. 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 just should be better. But I think Starhawk would have benefitted from a harsh editor who would have kept the plot moving. I contributed to the Kickstarter for this book...and boy, now that I'm several chapters into it....I just don't care. I’ll be posting updates here and on my Schedule page for upcoming events, interviews and reviews! 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. Discuss the principles of City of Refuge, The Fifth Sacred Thing, or any of Starhawk's books or teachings. 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. Posted on January 6, 2016 December 3, 2016 by Meg Elison. We’d love your help. City of Refuge has been printed, uploaded, and mailed out to our Kickstarter supporters. although they are both beautifully paired. At an American Academy of Religion conference I attended about five years ago, Starhawk spoke about her work with the Occupy movement. I abandoned this book for exactly that reason. It's more complex. The title refers to the classical elements of fire , earth , air , and water , plus the fifth element, spirit , accessible when one has balanced the other four. And a second surprise that it was done well. But that's to be expected. Thanks to everyone who supported our Kickstarter campaign and made City of Refuge the second-highest funded fiction project ever on Kickstarter! First, I … Refresh and try again. I kind of consider The Fifth Sacred Thing the permaculture 'bible'. And it's obvious that it was written 20 years later, which makes sense. I contributed to the Kickstarter for this book...and boy, now that I'm several chapters into it....I just don't care. Thank you, everyone! Yawn. That being said, I did get into the book and as it starts moving faster I had a harder time putting it down. Top of my criteria is that a read releases emotions and opens my heart. I loved this story just as much as the Fifth Sacred Thing, but I was a little wary as I was reading. You didn’t need to save them. Easy to get taken away to this imagined world. But what will the changes, and the choices that are before us, mean? 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?". The more they worked, the more credits they got. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! In this sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, she continues her saga of the conflict created by opposing values through the lives of the vividly portrayed characters who struggle to build a new world in all its complexity. Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. It’s a bold and imaginative book, inspiring and hopeful, and yet somehow believable. It just should be better. I gave up. Instead of being survivalist porn centered around bullets and beans, the two books are written from an eco-feminist point of view. It's too earnest. 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. But they’ll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first. 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. Out of the three, I liked The Fifth Sacred Thing the best, but am very glad there was a sequel. Thank you Starhawk! A lot has changed since then. Not merely enough to show the wage slaves freedom; there's also a long road ahead in improving their values and vision. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing. How can they build a new world when people are so deeply wounded by the old? It's not often that a sequel is just as good as the first book. The great advantage of Ingram is that bookstores can order it, just as they would any other book. A lot has changed since then. Starhawk is launching her new novel: City of Refuge: The Sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing in Seattle,Nov. It's not her best writing, either; she needed a better editorial team. Thank you, Starhawk for sharing your gift of story with us! 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/. Expiring money: The more they got, the more they needed to spend them before they expired, which they did after a year. It’s actually the 3rd novel of the story that begins in the 1960’s in Walking To Mercury. I kind of consider The Fifth Sacred Thing the permaculture 'bible'. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Healer Madrone struggles to repair the wounds of war and deprivation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Her archives are maintained at the Graduate … She really stuck to the intention of keeping the story consistent. Let the sadness flow, for if you hold it back, it will block your pleasure. City of Refuge is the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk's utopian/dystopian novel set in a future California. City of Refuge : the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. City of Refuge is available to purchase on Kindle and comes out in print March 1. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, (www.earthactivisttraining.org), teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism. “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. You can read some excerpts below. 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. I think Starhawk has a lot to teach us. As a novel, I think this is a stronger effort than Fifth Sacred Thing: the characters are more three-dimensional and the world-building is fuller than in the previous one (there are even a few places where people in the southlands note that the northerners are overly preachy about their own ways of doing things; I. 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. First, I … A satisfying next episode in the Maya Greenwood series. Lovely and important except the absence of a grappling with racism is glaring. Made me realize how much I have changed since I read most of Starhawk's books in the late nineties. The basic question it explores "how to create a more just, sane, beautiful world within the greater destructive systems around us?" Starhawk is a good writer. Overall, I enjoyed the story and appreciated reconnecting with the characters. Change is coming. I value and respect Starhawk as a Pagan leader and visionary. It really needed stricter editing. 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.”. I loved THE FIFTH SACRED THING although it took me a while to get into it. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and the ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge. Starhawk’s of City of Refuge: the Fading Magic of Nostalgia. 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. 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!) What a great surprise to find out that, over twenty years after The Fifth Sacred Thing was published, there is now a sequel! I spent several nights up until the wee hours of the morning and had a severe "book hangover" when it was done. It's not her best writing, either; she needed a better editorial team. View Statistics . 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. Starhawk (born Miriam Simos on June 17, 1951) is an American writer, teacher and activist. I gave up. December 2015 Her book The Spiral Dance (1979) was one of the main inspirations behind the Goddess movement. “Palestine,” or “Racism.”, EAT Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Culinary Magic w/ Chef Carin McKay & Starhawk | Online. Start by marking “City of Refuge (Maya Greenwood, #3)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Starhawk has given us a trilogy of books that share her vision and wisdom. She really stuck to the intention of keepin. In City of Refuge, Healer Madrone has a dream.“Build a city of refuge in the heartland of the … Of course it's a bit preachy at times, but also a good read- good pacing, good characters. 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. 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!) City of Refuge is the third in the series. “Build a refuge in the heartland of the enemy.” How do we build a new world, when people are so broken by the old? 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. Starhawk draws from her futuristic novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel, her new book. 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 – Starhawk. (Alas, no mainstream publisher wanted to publish it, so it was funded via Kickstarter. (Not to diss Mollison's Designer's Manual, but it's a how-to, rants, and not story-telling) But now I think City of Refuge might have a stronger claim to that title. 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. Reply. -Diana L. 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