Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure has only begun. Pressed by love for his brother and a bad conscience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a role of leadership among his people. This dramatic and impassioned story will thrill and deeply move young adults and older readers. They will dream of Zan-Gah at night, and remember it all of their lives!
Zan-Gah is such a fun yet fearful adventure. Taking place in prehistoric times, the story follows young Zan as he becomes a man. After single-handedly bringing down a lion, Zan leaves on a quest to find his twin brother who has been missing for a while. We journey with Zan as he leaves behind everything he knows and experiences hunger, captivity, fear, and hope before returning home to lead his people.
I’m usually a big fan of dialogue. I don’t like too much straight description or introspection. I like character interaction and talking. Which means I shouldn’t have enjoyed this book – but I did. Allan Richard Shickman has a way of writing that is just so smooth and lyrical. He didn’t need any dialogue to tell Zan’s story (though there is some, of course). Each thought, emotion and action is accounted for and detailed just right.
The characters are very realt fully formed at the same time. We are told about Zan’s family, his looks, his past and habits – but we don’t know how old he is. Only that he is not yet considered a man when the story opens. We learn about his family as small details are sprinkled throughout when we need them. His brother and Lissa flit from scene to scene, the most indistinct of the characters, as the focus kept on Zan. Although we get a lot of information, the exact details are sketchy at best; it’s all more of an abstract idea of times and places. It’s an interesting way of getting you involved in the characters and their world, yet still keeping with the notion of the time period, and details being almost irrelevant. Zan lives day to day, moment to moment. It works.
Zan-Gah is a story that can be enjoyed at any age, not just young adult. It’s about growing up and becoming who you’re meant to be, something that never really ends.
I recieved this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Bonnie at Earthshaker Books, and author Allan Richard Shickman.