Coahoma - The black panther is Chief Ituha's son, a natural leader, training to become a healer, falls in love with Ethane'. Moki - The white tailed buck is Makah's son, an empath, loves working with plants, and is training to become a healer. Fala - The crow is Lanto's son, has a good sense of humor, but doesn't like his animal spirit, training to become a healer. Laurel - The Old Woman Who Walks with a Bear, is a gifted medicine woman, fights the white witches and giants. Chief Ituha - Chief of the Choctaw, Coahoma and Dakota's father, works with Laurel to save his tribe from the giants. Pontiac - He is Laurel's apprentice who is possessed by Lugh's spirit. He loses his battle and mutates into a werewolf. Tiponi - She is Alawa and Nashoba's daughter who is possessed by Morrigan. Dakota - Coahoma's brother is a fearless leader who wants to be chief, falls in love with Nita, and fights the giant Alli. Tecumseh - Laurel's deceased husband, warns Laurel about Pontiac and Tiponi's possession, protects Laurel. Aylwen and Wakie Wisag Lugh - The Ole' Wolf is a red haired elite Aylwen warrior who becomes a shaman, and his dream is to be a werewolf. Morrigan - She is Lugh's wife, a master shaman, mother of Ethane' and five sons, and seeks her revenge through Tiponi. Ethane' - Lugh and Morrigan's daughter is a tall blue eyed teenager who is betrothed to the prince, and is kidnapped. Dahey - He is Lugh and Morrigan's son who travels to the Choctaw village to save his father and massacre the village. Bradan - He is one of Lugh and Morrigan's twin sons who plans to save his father and massacre the Choctaw village. Tomas - He is Bradan's twin. He travels with his brothers to the Choctaw village to save his Pa. Cu Chulainn - He is the ten foot elite warrior who travels with the prince on the Dragon Lady to fight the Choctaw. Kenji - He is a gifted dwarf shaman of the Wakie Wisag tribe, Gaim's friend, and fights the blood brothers. Prince Sangann - He is King Gann's son, an elite Aylwen warrior, betrothed to Ethane', leads his warriors to the Choctaw. Coahoma wakes up and sees a shadow person hovering beside him. When it fades from sight, he hears an ominous timber wolf howling in the distance. When his mother shares a bad dream that she had about him, he defies her wishes to abandon the path that he has chosen - to become a healer. He tells her not to worry about the wolf. Coahoma, Moki, and Fala are anxious to journey into the Spirit World to spy on the Soul Robber. These blood brothers are disappointed when Laurel reads her old bones and decides to take the boys to see Kachina, the Guardian of the Bees instead. Coahoma watches Pontiac while they are with Kachina and realizes that this trip is a healing lesson. He learns the plant names that make up the Sacred Seven. After they return and things quiet down, Laurel receives a message that wolves are attacking her bear. She arms herself and rushes to him. She battles this pack and eventually kills a strange tattered wolf. She realizes that he is a shape shifter and tells Pontiac to rip out his heart. When Pontiac performs this ancient ritual, he traps Lugh spirit in him. Tecumseh travels from the Happy World to warn Laurel that Lugh's wife is coming to get her revenge for her husband. She takes possession of Tiponi and uses her as an avatar to be near Lugh. She also sends her three sons: Dahey, Bradan, and Tomas to this remote village to behead the men and bring their heads back to her. She hopes to find Lugh's spirit and return it to him. The blood brothers disobey Laurel and follow her across the Ohi:Yo' River and into the Land of the Giant blonde hair sorcerers to lean their black magic and to learn the identity of these white witches that possess Pontiac and Tiponi. While they are spying on this village, they run into a hideous ghost named Donehogawa and Coahoma falls in love with Ethane', the Ol' Wolf's daughter. Before leaving, Kenji sees Coahoma and tries to kill him. When they return from their trip, Moki and Fala run into a sasquatch. It chases them into the swamp and they fall into a pool of quick sand. When Coahoma finds them, he slips and falls into the cold murky water. After the chief and warriors pull them out, Fala and Moki get sick. Laurel has to battle the demons that will come after them. She calls on her grandfather and Ohanzee to help her. The last thing she does before going to sleep is to ask them to enhance the blood brothers shamanic skills. While Moki is dealing with this sasquatch, he loses Laurel's lance. When the boys return to forest to find it, Coahoma finds a powerful spot of land. During a council meeting, Coahoma learns that Dakota thinks that he is a coward and a bumbling fool. He is determined to prove that he is wrong; but, he remains conflicted by his attraction to Ethane'. When Laurel sets up a scheme to deceive Lugh (who is taking control over Pontiac) she sends the blood brothers back to his village to learn the secrets that she needs to break Morrigan and Lugh's control over her two kinsman. The blood brothers discover more secrets about the Spirit World and the ron-nong-weto-wanca while they are there. Coahoma learns about the Nahullo, finds Donehogawa's missing skull, and is panicked when he sees an Ojibwa knock Ethane' in the head. He also learns that many elite warriors are rowing down the Misi-ziibi River to massacre his village. He delivers this startling news to his father. Laurel masterminds a plan to deceive Pontiac, sends Fala to oversee the construction of Lugh's villa on the power spot that Coahoma had found, and prepares an ambush for the incoming giant warriors. She solicits the entire tribe and they work together, playing their game of deception and illusion. When the warriors arrive, they are waiting for them. At the same time, Lugh's sons and Cu Chulainn separate from their group of warriors and stumble on the decoy of their villa. They realize that the man who houses the spirit of their father is inside. They suspect that their mother maybe inside this earthen effigy of a dream catcher too. As they watch the Choctaw shaman battle these two witches, they see Pontiac shift into a werewolf. They realize that this is their father and they chase this dangerous beast into the swamp. In the meantime, the old medicine woman saves Tiponi and Fala helps Nashoba hide her in the forest. Already filled with venom, Prince Sangann clasps into a deep coma. Coahoma and Moki use the Sacred Seven to save him. However, he refuses to wake up. Coahoma travels into the Spirit World to find the prince and to give him a reason to wake up. While he is there, he receives his last lesson from Laurel. When he returns, he knows that she is dead when he finds her with his father. The Allewegi warriors join with the Choctaw to say, "Good bye," to her and Lagundo. The Alli join the Choctaw and together they plan to kill - the Ole' Wolf. 1 Start with an introduction. Identify the title of the book and its author in the first sentence. Distinguish the purpose or the main ideas of the chosen book, presenting only the essential highlights. Use your own words and do not inject any personal opinions or comments. o 2 Build the body of the summary. Be concise. Organize paragraphs according to the flow of the story in a consistent sequence. Include important specifics and omit minor details. Encapsulate the intention of the author and his narrative using precise examples from the text to give credence and support to any statements you made in the introduction. 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Sherry Cottle Graham is a freelance writer, journalist, and technical writer. Sherry's first historical fiction novel is, Blood Brothers - The Forgotten Children of the Mound Builders, published by Xlibris. She is working on the on its sequel, Land of the Nahullo, which she hopes to publish in 2014. In 1989, Sherry co-authored a text book for the business division of Rhodes State Community College in Lima, Ohio that taught word processing to the Ohio State University and Rhodes State students. When she joined the professional staff at Honda of America, Mfg. in 1990, she continued her writing career by writing various types of technical documentation for the Information Systems Department. When she retired from Honda, she moved to Guam in 2008. Sherry wrote weekly articles for the Stars and Stripes, Guam's supplemental newspaper for the next two years. In 2010, she moved back to Ohio and started researching the ancient mound builders, shamanism, herbal and stone healing, and wrote her first novel, Blood Brothers. Sherry is a member of the Writers Guild of Ohio and The Practicing Writer. She has a website called SherryCottleGraham.Com where she posts information from her research and writing projects. She is working with Xlibris to create a website for Blood Brothers. Sherry lives in Lima, Ohio and is a substitute for the Allen County Public Schools and she is the Recording Secretary and Historian for the Lima Astronomy Society.