Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Title: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
Series: Zan-Gah # 2
Author: Allan Richard Shickman
Release Date: September 26, 2009
Publisher: Earthshaker Books
Source: Publisher
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.
Review:I really liked the first book in this series and I was eager to read the second book! Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country was even better than the first book. The writing, the characters, heck, the world was just so amazing!

This book follows Zan-Gah and Dael, his twin brother. They are moving to the Beautiful Country (which I thought was interesting since they escaped from it) and get closer and closer as brothers. Zan-Gah is an even better character in this book and I loved once again, getting to know him better. I didn’t like Dael all that much in the first book but he is really a troubled guy. He is trying to deal with his new found life and to adjust.

Allan Richard Shickman once again brings him wonderful writing out! I could see the world and the characters and their voice. Dael and Zan-Gah are their own characters and Mr. Shickman does a very good job of showing their differences. He also did a great job of making each character count and have a part in the plot.

Overall, I once again enjoyed this journey with Zan-Gah and his brother. Wonderful writing, characters, setting and a lot of other things make this book a very enjoyable read.


Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 4/5—I think this cover goes even better with this story than the first book's cover!

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