Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Title: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

Author: Allan Richard Shickman

Published: Earthshaker Books, 2009

Pages: 151

Series: Sequel to Zan-Gah : A Prehistoric Adventure

First Line: "When Lissa-Na died, Dael wept real tears."

Summary: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country starts off on a sad note but a captivating one.  I sat down to read the first couple of pages and ended up reading on and on.  Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country starts off with a really interesting start and kept me reading right up until the very end.

I love Allan Richard Shickman’s descriptive writing.  He’s really good at it and I felt myself being transported into Zan Gah’s world and could picture it clearly in my mind.

I loved all of the characters in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, each one was unique in their own way and just added something to the table.  I think my favourite character would have to be Rydl, he just seemed such a cool and intelligent person.

I definitely think that Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country is well worth a read.  It would pay to read the first book beforehand however, but both books are short and don’t take too long to read through.  If you’re interested in prehistoric times then Zan-Gah’s world will definitely entertain you.

Source: Earthshaker Books for review

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a favorable review. I'm glad you like Rydl because, of all my characters, he has a special place in my heart. In both books, every step in his development took me by surprise. It's the same in the coming book, "Dael and the Painted People." I think my readers might be surprised too. Keep up the good work.

    Allan R. Shickman


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