Grey Eyes

Winner of the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature!

In a world without time and steeped in ceremony and magic, walks a chosen few who hold an ancient power: the Grey Eyes. True stewards of the land, the Grey Eyes use their magic to maintain harmony and keep evil at bay. With only one elderly Grey-Eye left in the village of the Nehiyawak, the birth of a new Grey-Eyed boy promises a renewed line of defence against their only foe: the menacing Red-Eyes, whose name is rarely spoken but whose presence is ever felt. While the birth of the Grey-Eyed boy offers the clan much-needed protection, it also initiates a struggle for power that threatens to rip the clan apart, leaving them defenceless against the their sworn ememy. The responsibility of restoring balance and harmony, the only way to keep the Nehiyawak safe, is thrust upon a boy’s slender shoulders. What powers will he have, and can he protect the clan from the evil of the Red Eyes?

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Frank Christopher Busch

Frank Christopher Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in northern Manitoba. He has spent his professional life working with First Nations businesses, non-profits and governments at the band, regional tribal council, provincial, national and international levels. He lives in Westbank First Nation, British Columbia.


“…at once an intricate portrait of pre-contact life and a suspenseful page-turner that builds towards a dramatic and moving finish. As a novel it is a success – one that may benefit, and certainly entertain, indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians both.”

– Globe and Mail

“Frank Christopher Busch has created one fine piece of fiction with this novel. Looking forward to going along on the next adventure.”

– Duncan Mercredi, poet, writer and storyteller

“With his novel Grey Eyes, Frank Busch taps into the traditional in a way I’ve not seen before. At once historical and fantastical, Grey Eyes reclaims some of our most powerful stories with authenticity and with heart and with that bit of magic that brings all of it to such beautiful life. Busch is amongst the new generation of voices so vital to our country.”

– Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, winner of Canada Reads 2014

Grey Eyes invokes some soul-searching for the reader as the traditional values interwoven through the book will make them think about how far they have ventured from or stayed true to what we know is right and why.”

– Ernie Louttit, author of Indian Ernie


  • Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature 2015, Winner
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    328 Pages
    8.5in * 5.5in * .5in


    July 09, 2014


    Fernwood Publishing



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