Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review + Giveaway: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman


The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael's furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan's task is to restrain his brother's destructive and self-destructive tendencies, leading him to peace and recovery in the bountiful new land. But it is not to be, despite Zan's efforts and those of two strong female characters. This book features themes of war and peace, tribal conflict, traumatic stress, gender roles, and sibling rivalry, bereavement, redemption.

  • Pub. Date: September 2009
  • Publisher: Earthshaker Books
The Elliott Review:

This book continues where Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure leaves off, chronicling the lives of Zan and Dael. Having won a great victory against the wasp people, the Ba-Coro decide that they will inhabit their beautiful land and make the trek there in search of a better life. They don't plan for Dael threatening their peace and security by his warlike ways.

The star of this book is Dael, as he must face down his black memories of his past imprisonment with the Noi people, who now neighbor his tribe's new home in the beautiful country. The reader discovers more about what drives him as he gathers a following and reacts in hate toward even those who care about him. Zan never gives up on his brother.

This second installment of Zan-Gah is just as action packed as the first. Rather than only a daring quest through uncharted territory, Zan must deal with the problems caused by his brother and try to stop a full-fledge war from happening. The story is filled with meaningful lessons about the human spirit and what it can endure and what it must choose in spite of the hardships we sometimes face.

Source: Thanks to Bonnie at Earthshaker Books for providing a copy for a fair review.

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure 
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

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