Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
by Allan Richard Shickman
ISBN-13: 9-780979-035715
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it

The volcanic turbulence that shakes Dael’s mind carries him to vicious extremes. It is Zan’s task to calm his brother and lead him away from thoughts both destructive and self-destructive. But even the paradise of the Beautiful Country will not erase them.

In this sequel to Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, Zan and his people embark on a trip to move their settlement. It’s been a few years since the end of the first book, and Zan’s brother Dael is more of the focus for the narrative this time around.

I am still loving Allan Richard Shickman’s writing style. He’s very descriptive, and the story flows smoothly together from chapter to chapter. The focuses switches from Zan and Dael to other members of their community and we learn about day to day life, relationships within the community and how quickly allegiances can change during a time of hardship. The story is definitely character driven. No matter how much we knew of Zan and the rest in the first book, we learn even more with this sequel. There are some great action sequences, and I loved the commentary on a woman’s role in Zan’s community. The only aspect I wasn’t too sure on was Dael’s transformation throughout the book. It seems he very quickly switches from one extreme – anger and hate – to another. There is an almost early religious aspect to Dael’s character and story that added a new dimension to the plot.

A very well written book with great insight into the characters and community in general, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country is a perfect companion to the first novel.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Bonnie at Earthshaker Books, and author Allan Richard Shickman.