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Promised Valley Rebellion (Promised Valley #1)

3.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Promised Valley Rebellion, the first book in the Promised Valley series of four novels by Ron Fritsch, is a story of forbidden love. The farmers’ king refuses to allow the marriage of the coming-of-age prince to the daughter of the farmer who saved the king’s life in the last war with the hunters. Her brother decides he has to help his sister and the prince, his boyhood fr ...more
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published September 25th 2010 by Asymmetric Worlds
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Jan 10, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Ron Fritsch's Promised Valley Rebellion takes readers into a prehistoric world and a clash between the valley people/farmers and their more primitive opponents, the hill people.

There are many themes running through PVR including: epic battles, forbidden love, war, reluctance to advance and adopt change, and the coming of age.

You'll think of Jean Auel's Earth's Children when you read PVR, as this prehistoric time comes alive with the character Fritsch created.

Award-winning and deservedly so.
Apr 13, 2011 Misha added it
Shelves: history
Unfortunately, I could not finish this book. I really tried because I am almost obsessive about finishing books. But somewhere around page 170 , I gave up. This is only my second DNF, the first being Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. To be fair, I haven't rated the book.

Set in the Prehistoric era, Promised Valley Rebellion is centered on the love between Morning Sun, the King's son and Rose Leaf, a farmer's daughter. They are forbidden to marry each other right from the time they are children. Bl
Kim Hansen
Jan 31, 2012 Kim Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is rich in characters that have depth and substance – so much so that in the beginning of the book I had a difficult time keeping up with them! But, this author has made it bit easier by including a list of the characters at the beginning of the book, along with a brief description of them. I really loved this! Not only did it help me keep up, but it helped provide a mental picture of what each of these characters look and act like. I wish other authors would take the time to do this!

Bryn Hammond
Jan 21, 2012 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing
Shelves: imagined-fiction
I'm fascinated by prehistoric fiction, but haven't found much I'm happy with... so glad to come across this set of novels. What I liked: the characters are fully human, intelligent, with attitudes we recognise, either to go along with or argue with. Stories set in the distant past can assume people were dumber than us, which is unscientific I believe. The characters are engaging, I like and admire our hero, who's a bit of a fighter for free speech and rights; and the crisis situation turns out t ...more
Apr 20, 2013 PaperMoon rated it really liked it
What is truly distinctive about Fritsch's series is the prehistoric setting where the settler-people of the valley (farming and land tending folk) live in guard against the marauding people of the nomadic hunting barbaric people of the hills. Blue Sky and Morning Sun are best friends, coming of age together and part of their rite of passage is to go up to the hill borders of their valley to stand guard against attacks from their enemy. Morning Sun has been forbidden develop any relations with is ...more
Leigh K Cunningham
Jul 22, 2012 Leigh K Cunningham rated it it was amazing
There's so much to enjoy and love about Promised Valley Rebellion. First, it is chock full of well-developed, unique characters, and in case you get lost with the number of players in this suspense-filled historical piece, the author has kindly included a Character List, which I read after I had finished the novel as a way to re-cap the story.

I also really enjoyed the way Fritsch incorporated gay issues into prehistoric times - this has to be a first I'm sure, and created a fascinating juxtaposi
For me the novel started off a bit slow and I struggled to connect with any of the characters. However I kept on reading and I am glad I did as once I read the first couple of chapters I really began to enjoy this novel.

At times throughout the novel I found myslef unable to connect with the characters and this is something that is important to me. However I should mention that there were some characters I could connect with and this is what made the novel really enjoyable.

I will be looking out
Laura Eno
Jul 09, 2012 Laura Eno rated it it was amazing
Promised Valley Rebellion is a rich tapestry of prehistoric life, examining the questions and conflicts humans still struggle with today.

Ron Fritsch weaves a tale of intelligent people in a structured society, farmers trying to preserve their way of life in the valley while guarding against incursions from hunters in the hills. Questions arise as to their way of life, casting doubt on the history the shamans have preserved.

The story has some surprising twists and turns, with sympathetic characte
D.S. Murphy
This is an exciting pre-historic novel in the tradition of Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bears. If you were disappointed by Auel's latest "Land of the Painted Caves" (as was nearly everyone) you should try Promised Valley Rebellion.

The author aims, in part, to chronicle the challenging transition from a traditional life of hunting, gathering, and roaming to a radically new life of farming, settling and creating towns.

But the relationships and conflict between characters also makes for engaged rea
Nov 28, 2014 Nicoleku rated it did not like it
I guess I thought this book was a re-imagining of prehistoric life. I understand that we don't know the ins and outs of ancient people groups, but this is a weird sloshing together of recently emerged farmers in a world of hunter gatherers and a medieval style farm community. As a student of prehistory, I just can't handle it.
And then there's the part where the whole story revolves around a fairly unbelievable community of homosexual tribesmen (and they are happy about population control?
Jul 10, 2014 Joseph rated it did not like it
What the ---- is this about?

Who can keep the characters straight? This reads like George Jones' song "And the race is on", but with names like the characters in this book, perhaps the Redskins should change their name to "Washington Native-Americans With Somewhat Different Complexions." Positions will no longer be called Running Back, Wide Receiver or Quarterback but Loping Buck, Man Outside the pow wow and Person Who gets too close to large man who puts ball between his legs. Please change "man
Michelle (True Book Addict)
Many know that I love historical fiction and I have a particular interest in prehistoric times. Ever since first reading The Clan of the Cave Bear, Book one in Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, prehistoric stories have fascinated me. When I was offered a chance to read this book, I jumped at the chance. What Ron has done with this book is truly amazing. He gives us a glimpse of what a civilized prehistoric society might have looked like and brings interesting characters and themes into the st ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Diana rated it did not like it
I tried to read this as I saw that other people thought it was a great book. I, however, could not get past the stilted way in which it was written, the scattered introduction of so many "cutesy" named characters, and the fact that the beginning seemed to concentrate too much on the character who was gay, which made me wonder if the whole book was going to be about his struggles. I decided to move on to something more interesting.
Allison Fetch
Aug 24, 2014 Allison Fetch rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this read. It was compared with Jean Auel's books, but is nowhere remotely in the same area. I wouldn't have even known that this was a prehistoric setting if it hadn't been explained in the reviews! Much of the writing felt like a history book, but with nothing actually could have been set on an alien planet just as easily as prehistoric earth, there was so little detail. The whole thing felt really stilted and I didn't care for the writing. I'm v ...more
Delicious Strawberry
I liked this book, it was a refreshing change from the books I usually read. The writing is clear and concise, though I did find that some parts could be somewhat info-dumpish (like Clan of the Cave Bear) Personally, I'm not scared away by this, but some people are, so this book might not be for everyone. I liked it nonetheless, and the society and religion in this book made sense. I also liked how people were open about being gay or lesbian, and how there was nothing wrong with that in society' ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Mtld rated it it was ok
DNF. I gave up at 37%.
Maybe I'm the wrong reader for this book, but I saw no point in going on with it.
I guess the author tried to write his own version of "earth's children" but it was a failure
Could it be a YA book? Because it was fairy tale-like, naive and kind of romantic.
I also noticed an effort to appeal to a gay audience.
Whatever it was, it failed to keep me interested.
I have already deleted it from my kindle.
Ksb Nh
Jul 07, 2015 Ksb Nh added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Too plodding to hold my interest. Also, I had difficulty keeping the characters - or their genders - straight.
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Ron Fritsch has published a four-book series of Promised Valley novels: Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, Promised Valley Conspiracy and Promised Valley Peace. The novels have won a number of awards and highly favorable reviews. The series is complete.

In the epic Promised Valley adventure, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in ret
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