Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country (Zan-Gah, #2)
by Allan Richard Shickman
Paperback, 151 pages
Published September 26th 2009 by Earthshaker Books (first published 2009)
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.
I really liked the 1st installment of this series, A Pre-Historic Adventure (my review). In that book, we saw Zan’s coming-of age story. We saw him slaying a lioness which would have killed his people, becoming a respectful and revered young leader who his people called Zan-Gah (Gah being a respectful suffix given to him ). In that book we also saw Zan go in search of his lost twin, Dael. He loves Dael, and somehow is weighed down by the guilt that maybe if they had had not had that fight, Dael would have never left and would never have gone missing for two years. In the end, we triumph because Zan is able to find and bring back his brother.
This installment is all about Dael. It starts with the clan moving to the Beautiful Country as it’s in habitant are all dead. It is rich and beautiful and it will feed them without really worrying about hunting. This book mostly is about the volcano that erupts in Dael. His transformation, how it affects others and himself. It is about Zan, who tries without any success to transform his twin.
Shickman has done a wonderful job of sketching Dael’s character. It is difficult to relate or like him, but his tribulations are something you have seen. I found that I liked and respected Zan even more. His love for his twin is remarkable. It is notable that you can really relate with all the characters and long after you are done reading this book they remain with you. And I felt a kind of peace at the end, it was the perfect ending.
I do not know if there is more novels in this series, but I am sure I would love to read about Zan and Rydl and Pax and Chul more.
Thanks to Bonnie of Earthshaker Books for my review copy. I really enjoyed it.