Welcome to the Beautiful Country


This second installment of Zan-Gah’s adventures does not disappoint. This time around, you are thrust into the action much more quickly, which is possible because you already know the characters and situations from the first installment.
This chapter deals with some intense issues, as Zan-Gah’s twin Dael suffers a crushing loss which sends him to the brink of near insanity. The tribes leave to inherit the beautiful land of their eradicated enemies and find themselves drawn into two groups, one favoring one brother and one favoring the other.
Like the first book, it deals with deep dilemmas and fierce confrontations between characters. The author does a great job in bringing the ancient world to life and making his characters interesting. Its good for the young adult audience, as some scenes might be a bit scary for young children.
You can learn more about Allan Shickmann and his writing at: http://zan-gah.com/

A Prehistoric Adventure

The good folks over at Earthshaker books, based out of St. Louis, MO, sent me a copy of the first book in one of their sucessful, award-winning young adult series.  “Zan-Gah” is set in prehistoric times, and while dinosaurs no longer roam the earth, man is still in a primitive, tribal state.  Zan-Gah is also the main character, a young boy who slays a lion in his youth and recieves an elevated status in his tribe.

When Zan-Gah’s twin brother Dael goes missing, he sets out on a quest to reclaim his brother and to prove his status as a man.  On the way, he must face huge deserets, wild animals, and hostile tribes in an exciting journey that keeps you reading.  The story is told by an unseen narrator and the author’s writing style shines through.

It’s a good read for young adult readers.  It does contain some violence and frightening situations, but also contains a strong moral base about forgiveness, the importance of families, and the importance of courage and innovation.  It already has a sequel, “The Beautiful Country”, which I will be reading and reviewing soon.  I encourage you to support good young adult literature and check out this series.