Sunday, 20 June 2010

Book Review - Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure & Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

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Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric AdventureZan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure
BY: Allan Richard Shickman
PUBLISHED BY: Earthshaker Books
ISBN: 978-0-9790357-0-8
Pages: 148
Ages: Young Adult
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

“Zan-Gah” is set in the prehistoric times and focuses on a boy named Zan-Gah. A young girl from his tribe is murdered by a lion. The tribe sets out to kill it. Zan single-handedly kills the lion. The tribe celebrates the kill, but Zan is not happy. He wonders where his twin brother, Dael, is. He has been missing for over year.

Zan goes on a coming-of-age quest to find his brother. He must leave his tribe, and face many dangerous situations by himself. Zan will risk his own life to save his brother.

“Zan-Gah” is a fast read, just under 150 pages. The author, A.R. Shickman, has written a wonderful coming-of-age story set in the prehistoric world. The descriptions and actions in the book are well-written. Male readers will enjoy reading about Zan’s adventure into the unknown, and female readers will like the love that Zan has for his twin. I recommend this book to everyone.

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful CountryZan-Gah And The Beautiful Country
BY: Allan Richard Shickman
PUBLISHED BY: Earthshaker Books
ISBN: 978-097903571-5
Pages: 151
Ages: Young Adult
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In this sequel, Zan-Gah is now grown with a wife, and he is respected through out the tribe. His twin brother, Dael, is not as respected, and is full of anger. The two are the opposite of each other.

The tribe has moved to the Beautiful Country, the same unknown land that Zan saved Dael at in the first book. Dael has evil in his heart, and leaves the tribe. He gathers other men from the tribe, and want to begin a war against his brother’s people. Dael and his men tattoo their bodies and shave off their hair.

The relationship between the Zan and Deal will never be the same.

“Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country” focuses more on Dael than Zan. This is a completely different book than the first, and is much darker. Once again, Zan is a loveable character. He loves his people and even his troubled brother, Dael - who has become an evil character. The first book was a coming-of-age story, while the sequel is about war and sacrifice. Fans of the first book will want to read the sequel. I must warn you that this book is much darker. I enjoyed reading about the characters again, but at the same time I had mix-feelings about the sequel.

-I would like to thank the author for sending me these copies to review.

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