City of Refuge

City of Refuge Every city needs three things a plaza a hearth and a sacred tree In the violent desperate world of eco catastrophes and societal breakdown have left the country splintered Yet amidst the ruin

  • Title: City of Refuge
  • Author: Starhawk Jessica Perlstein
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  • Page: 164
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  • Every city needs three things a plaza, a hearth, and a sacred tree In the violent, desperate world of 2048, eco catastrophes and societal breakdown have left the country splintered Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred Air, Fire, Water, and Earth When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of CalifiaEvery city needs three things a plaza, a hearth, and a sacred tree In the violent, desperate world of 2048, eco catastrophes and societal breakdown have left the country splintered Yet amidst the ruins stands a green and flourishing city where four things are sacred Air, Fire, Water, and Earth When the ruthless Stewards of the Southlands invade, the people of Califia defeat them using nonviolence and magic But they ll be back, unless the northerners can liberate the Southlands first Healer Madrone struggles to repair the wounds of war and deprivation Soldier defector River leads an Army of Liberation to the south Bird, musician turned guerrilla, longs to return to the fight, but now he s pledged to deeper powers How can they build a new world when people are so deeply wounded by the old Madrone has a dream Build a city of refuge in the heartland of the enemy.

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    About “Starhawk Jessica Perlstein

    • Starhawk Jessica Perlstein

      Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern Goddess religion and earth based spirituality She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing Her latest is the newly published fiction novel City of Refuge, the long awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing.Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, earthactivisttraining , teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism Social permaculture the conscious design of regenerative human systems, is a particular focus of hers.She lives on Golden Rabbit Ranch in Western Sonoma County, CA, where she is developing a model of carbon sequestering land use incorporating food forests and savannahs, planned grazing, and regenerative forestry.She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth based spirituality, permaculture, and the skills of activism Her web site is starhawk.



    404 thoughts on “City of Refuge

    • 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. 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 [...]


    • 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?"I loved the parts of the book that were about the community in the north and creating the new community in the south - and all the problems that went with that.However, while maybe it was necessary to give full scope to the work, there was too much warfare, violence, disturbing graphic details and death for my liking.


    • 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.Although it is a sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, it is also a very strong stand alone novel.I recommend this novel for anyone who liked The Hunger Games or Divergent - they all share strong women protagonists. City of Refuge is a novel for anyone concerned about our future, hopeful for the promise of community solutions to cli [...]


    • I am a huge fan of the Fifth Sacred Thing and had been excitedly awaiting City of Refuge. Starhawk delivered on an engaging, enchanting tale. I spent several nights up until the wee hours of the morning and had a severe "book hangover" when it was done. 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. Starhawk has an inspiring vision and she is an amazing storyteller.


    • 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. One thing, though. I kept seeing descriptors of peoples' skin as chocolate or coffee or caramel and remembering this article: buzzfeed/hnigatu/if-wd it threw me out of the story. Every time. Writers, please don't do this. People are not food.


    • It's not often that a sequel is just as good as the first book.In the case of City of Refuge, the #3 in Starhawk's urban fantasy series, it's actually better. How incredible to pick up with these characters 25 years after falling in love with them the first time.


    • 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. ANNNNND, something huge is missing here. The world Starhawk creates here is kind of post-racial, or post-racist, as though racism and white supremacy magically disappeared in the time between now and 20 years from now, as though that were not among the most difficult of struggles embedded in the power structure of society that needs to be ad [...]


    • Well, reading this during the rise of the new US administration seemed a propos. I'm glad I did. I think Starhawk has a lot to teach us. And, I think this book could have used an aggressive editor. It's longer than necessary and all the various sub-plots can be hard to keep up with. It's less witchy and magical than Fifth Sacred Thing, I would say. It's more complex. And it's obvious that it was written 20 years later, which makes sense. A lot has changed since then. I would say it didn't have t [...]


    • City of Refuge is the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk's utopian/dystopian novel set in a future California. 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. Out of the three, I liked The Fifth Sacred Thing the best, but am very glad there was a sequel. (Alas, no mainstream publisher wanted to publish it, so it was funded via Kickstarter.) [...]


    • I loved it! I kind of consider The Fifth Sacred Thing the permaculture 'bible'. 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. (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. The basic question it explores "how to create a more just, sane, beautiful world within the greater destructive s [...]


    • It took me a while to get through this because the beginning dragged a lot. Overall, I enjoyed the story and appreciated reconnecting with the characters. But I think Starhawk would have benefitted from a harsh editor who would have kept the plot moving.


    • Do you ever finish a book and want to clap and shout it from the mountain?Blessed be! Naho! So may it be!So it is. Rise up, brothers and sisters, a new day is dawning.


    • I loved this story just as much as the Fifth Sacred Thing, but I was a little wary as I was reading. 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. 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 st [...]


    • I gave up. Yawn. I loved THE FIFTH SACRED THING although it took me a while to get into it. I value and respect Starhawk as a Pagan leader and visionary. I contributed to the Kickstarter for this bookd boy, now that I'm several chapters into it.I just don't care. It's not her best writing, either; she needed a better editorial team. It just should be better. It's too earnest. 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 book, and the two before it, has so much meaning for me. There is so much there to think about and digest! Thank you Starhawk!



    • A satisfying next episode in the Maya Greenwood series. A compelling vision of a feminist egalitarian pacifist world in the midst of conflict. Of course it's a bit preachy at times, but also a good read- good pacing, good characters.


    • I am a big Starhawk fan. I have read The Fifth Sacred Thing many times and have taught it as well in a first-year seminar on utopia. I was very excited to find out that not only had she written a prequel, Walking to Mercury (which I quickly ordered and read) but that she had written a sequel to Fifth! Hurray!Now, City of Refuge is utopian fiction. There is a preferred society juxtaposed to one not preserved, a less desirable society. There is a third and a fourth juxtaposition, here. The third, [...]


    • I loved this book so much! It's very inspirational for those of us who are passionate about revolution and rebuilding the world in compassionate and collaborative ways. There's such beauty to be found in the potential for how things could be, but Starhawk doesn't shy away from the brutal reality of what battle and hatred and cruelty is like as well. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a shot in the arm about why we need to keep caring about people above money and keep working to make the [...]


    • Even better than Fifth Sacred Thing. Welcome back to Califia, where the effects of war have left a mark on the beautiful city of gardens, and on the people who survived the Southern invasion. It appears that restoring the beauty of the city itself is well under way, but our characters from the last novel, Madrone and Bird, have a harder task to overcome the emotional trauma and the fear for the future. Side characters from the pervious book take on their own journeys of love and redemption. I al [...]


    • This is Starhawks third book about creating an egalitarian society that honors earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. I couldn't put the book down! Starhawk created characters that became my friends. I cared what happened to them. They created a refuge in the midst of a totalitarian society, inviting people into a loving and caring community--teaching them a different way of relating to people and Earth. The book is full of love and adventure, and examines a culture of love and respect. Reading th [...]


    • graded on a curveit's not a great book but it's actually surprisingly satisfying, and the characters are vivid and three-dimensional. I've loved Starhawk for so many years and the vision is really compelling to me, so what I'm saying is that I am copping to gross rating-inflation here.but there is all the woo you would expect from a story written by a Northern California witch, and so much prolix sex-positivity that it's like yo Starhawk, maybe dial it back a bit and still, it works as story. it [...]


    • I was a little worried based on the length that this would be poorly edited (i.e. not well constructed) but nope, Starhawk is ON IT. The first couple of chapters felt a little clunky as there was a lot of updating, but after that it flew by gracefully. And the book really needed to be this long to tell the full and complex story. Interesting that she chose to portray more of a diversity of tactics in this book (not just nonviolent resistance).


    • I just LOVED this work. I love what it invokes, and all the many ideas needed to even comprehend it's reality. So many moments of this work slip in and out of a place where we can make it real. I adored Fifth Sacred Thing and this sequel has finished the working. THANK YOU StarHawk, again and again. I do hope to see this in some kind of screen SOON!


    • Love Starhawk and this ending to her series is phenomenal!The Fifth Scared Thing is an amazing read and so makes me have hope for this world we live in. I so wish her first fiction turns into our reality on this planet someday!


    • SpellbindingCaptivating story that demonstrates Starhawk's growth as a writer and activist. The Fifth Sacred Thing began a spell to bring about a better world, and City of Refuge completes it.


    • I'm not a big fan of Starhawk's fictional writing style, so I had a hard time getting through these 600+ pages. But she is a true visionary and this story is quite thought-provoking holds up many mirrors for all of usif you read Fifth Sacred Thing it's definitely worth the read


    • On Chapter three and totally swept up in the continuing saga of the Fifth Sacred Thing once again, as if it hadn't been 15 years since I started the series! Makes me want to go back and re-read the first two books! This is going to be hard to put down


    • A worthy sequel Starhawk returns to the green world of The City, and the dusty brown of the Southlands. The characters are just as vivid, and the dilemmas they face speak even more clearly to our own struggles to create justice and democracy in the midst of violence.


    • The mush awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing is here. I loved it and will say it was worth the 20 year wait! Great characters, and an exciting story, but most of all an amazing vision of a future that is not utopian or dystopian-only a real possibility.


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