Guided by Flames - Full Box - Once Upon a Book Club

Guided by Flames - Full Box

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The stunning Guided By Flames adult box from November 2022 featured the phenonemal mystery novel Never Name the Dead by D.M. Rowell! Also included were 3 gifts that brought this spectacular read to life!

About the Book

Old grudges, tribal traditions, and outside influences collide for a Kiowa woman as forces threaten her family, her tribe, and the land of her ancestors, in this own-voices debut perfect for fans of Winter Counts.

No one called her Mud in Silicon Valley. There, she was Mae, a high-powered professional who had left her Kiowa roots behind a decade ago. But a cryptic voice message from her grandfather, James Sawpole, telling her to come home sounds so wrong that she catches the next plane to Oklahoma. She never expected to be plunged into a web of theft, betrayal, and murder.

Mud discovers a tribe in disarray. Fracking is damaging their ancestral lands, Kiowa families are being forced to sell off their artifacts, and frackers have threatened to kill her grandfather over his water rights. When Mud and her cousin Denny discover her grandfather missing, accused of stealing the valuable Jefferson Peace medal from the tribe museum—and stumble across a body in his work room—Mud has no choice but to search for answers.

Mud sets out into the Wildlife Refuge, determined to clear her grandfather's name and identify the killer. But Mud has no idea that she's about to embark on a vision quest that will involve deceit, greed, and a charging buffalo—or that a murderer is on her trail.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Great story, pretty okay gifts.

The book was awesome and I though the exploration into Kiowa culture was really well done. I loved the comparisons between the city and childhood life of the main character.

The gifts were pretty good. They are a good value for the money. I feel like some of them could have been more customized to fit Kiowa culture and different aspects from the book (especially the second and third gift), like with Kiowa colors, patterns and words, but overall they did make the book come alive. It is totally fun to guess what they are before opening them.

This was my first box and I will absolutely be purchasing more in the future!

Book Clubber Testimonials


I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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