Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Summary: 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.

*Spoilers for the first book*

Review: I didn't like this book as much as the first one, but it's probably because throughout most of this book I hated Dael and I wanted him gone. He kept talking about how horrible his life was because he was imprisoned for 2 years. And your point is? Zan-Gah was imprisoned for a year while searching for you. I can imagine him complaining if say he was kidnapped while he was still a baby and he didn't know of love or family, but he did have all of that. It was just a silly fight that made him walk off. No one wanted him to be kidnapped so I thought his bitterness was unjustified. I still loved Rydl though. He is one of those characters you can't help but to enjoy because of his energy and his love. One thing I really didn't like was how Sparrow was randomly introduced. There was just a chapter where this character was introduced and then she isn't mentioned again for another chapter or so. Her placement in the book seemed a bit too random for me. If there is a third one to come out I will definitely have to read it. I do like most of these characters and the end of this book left me wanting more.

3 howls


I like Rydl too. Yes, I am writing a third book right now. Thanks for reviewing.

A. R. Shickman