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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Review: Zan-Gah & the Beautiful Country

Title: Zan-Gah & the Beautiful Country
Author: Allan Richard Shickman
Format Reviewed: ebook
The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.

My Review: 
This is book 2 about Zan-Gah and I'm so happy that I had them both to go right from one to the next.

Zan-Gah is now a man, husband and tribe leader. There is no longer a trace of the fear we saw in the first book as he was finding his way to leadership. This book shows us more of the dark heart of his twin brother Dael. This book further digs into the second nature of war and the issues the tribe must face.

Everyone, of course, can relate and love Zan-Gah's character. But, I do have to say, I also had a strong pull for Dael's character. He's wild, carefree, aggressive. He shows strength in a different way from his twin.

This book contains murder, death, war and blood, so be sure that your child is ready for it. As with the first book, I feel this is a must have on any young adult reader's book shelf. It allows you to escape the right now and be lost in another world with well developed characters and a well described location.

Rating: 4/5

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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