Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Title: Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country
Author: Allan Richard Shickman
Publisher: Earthshaker Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2009
paperback, 151 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9790357-1-5
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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.

This book is the sequel to Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure (click here for my review). Although I try very hard not to include any spoilers, this review might contain some.  
Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country is a wonderful story set in prehistoric times. It picks up a few years after the first book.  The story line is interesting with many layers. The story is centered around Dael's revenge and the journey the Ba-Coro make to find a more fruitful land in which to live.  Once again Allan Shickman has blown me away with his beautiful descriptions of the countryside.  His characters are so multi-dimensional.  This book focuses a lot on Dael, Zan-Gah's twin that was captured in the first book.  Dael suffered cruelly at the hands of his captors. The event left him broken and severely altered. Dael is the complete opposite of what he had been before his capture. Where he once was happy and good natured he is now bitter and hard.  Dael wants nothing more than to get revenge on those who tormented him for so long. Dael and Zan-Gah's characters mirrored each other. They are both leaders. Zan-Gah leads with wisdom and Dael leads with passion. I really liked the development of their characters. It was interesting to see how the brothers reacted to each other. My favorite character is Rydl. Rydl originally belonged to the wasp tribe. He befriended Zan-Gah in the first book and came back to live among the Ba-Coro. Rydl has come a long way since the first book. I love Rydl's curiosity and ingenuity.  Overall this was a fantastic book. One side note. This book is intended for children. It has a few violent scenes that might be disturbing to some children. 

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*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
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