Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Shickman [Review]

Title: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
Series: Zan-Gah, #2
Author: Allan Shickman
Genre: YA Adventure
Release: September 26, 2009
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Earthshaker Books
ISBN-10: 0979035716
ISBN-13: 978-0979035715
Reviewer: Rex

2.5 out of 5 Robots!

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 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.
My Review:
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country is the second installment in the Zan-Gah series by Allan Shickman. For those of you that read the first novel, this one takes a much darker turn. There is a much more violent tone. You will find that the characters personalities are magnified in this novel... Which made all their actions and reactions to the plot circumstances very pragmatic.
Honestly, I could not get into this book. I admit that I need books to build up to a climax and then have a pretty resolution to conclude the story- or one that leaves me hanging. This story wasn't climbing anywhere though their were conflicts thrown about to keep me turning pages. The conflicts  were also not resolved to my liking, they seemed a little bit hard to swallow. I thought the first book in this series was good- about three to three and a half robots. That being said, I still finished this one. And I would definitely recommend that those that read and enjoyed the first Zan-Gah novel read this one.Younger boys would love this series- or anyone intrigued by prehistorical fiction.

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