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Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

(Zan-Gah #2)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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 host ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published September 26th 2009 by Earthshaker Books
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Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this sequel Zan-Gah is having to deal with the repercussions of his brothers PTSD after his ordeal with the Wasp People and the Noi. Dael's pretty screwed up in the head. He's hell-bent on revenge for how he was treated, despite what it could cost the rest of his tribe.

I like this series simply for just how different it is from all of the other YA stuff out there right now. Yeah, there's a distance from the characters. They're Neanderthals. They don't have the same issues teenagers have today
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the sequel to "Zan-Gah", Zan and his tribe move to a more fertile land called The Beautiful Country. While we don't see quite as much of Zan in this book, we do get to meet fascinating new characters in his world.
Dael, Zan's twin brother, descends into darkness again after his wife's death, which causes even more problems for Zan and his tribe.

We meet Zan's wife, Pax, who is a match for him in all ways. She's a fantastic hunter, very rare for women in their tribe. Zan's twin, Dael, looks down
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this installment of the Zan-Gah prehistoric series we are taken on an emotional roller coaster ride through the era of early man. Zan-Gah found his long lost twin brother, Dael. They're reunion wasn't entirely joyful. Dael has changed more than anyone person could change. Both men find themselves married to beautiful women. The bond between Dael and his wife, Lissa-Na is intense. during childbirth she dies and Dael becomes a shell of his former self. Rage fills him and everything he does. Soo ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This stunning sequel to Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure begins with the death of Dael's wife. Dael, who was captured as a child, could find no solace in this great loss and is deeply traumatized.

He awakes his twin, Zan-Gah, from a deep slumber and bids him to come. Dael wants to find where the river begins, a quest he has wanted to do since he was a child. Zan-Gah realizes that Dael won't be calmed and quickly gathers items for the journey, but he convinces Dael to let a few other people come w
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I received Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, as well as the first book in the series, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure free of charge from Bonnie of Earthshaker Books in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country follows Zan-Gah and his twin brother Dael as they move to the Beautiful Country (from which they barely escaped before) and discover the depth of their brotherhood. Dael is struggling to adjust to life ou
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 capture ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Zan and his brother Dael are older now and have been married. Dael has not completely healed from his time as a slave and is forced to cope with the fact that his wife is dead. Needless to say, Dael is an emotional train wreck and Zan is determined to help. Will Dael give in to his dark, violent urges or will Zan be able to save his brother once again?

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. You can't help but fall in love with Zan because he has so much love inside of him and he wants noth
Freda Mans-Labianca
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I liked the first one in the series a lot, but this book was so much better. The elements in the story were more exciting, and far more action too! I couldn't put the book down, and read it really fast.
Zan-Gah is such a great character, that I hope the author writes more books in this series. I really don't want this tale to end!
A must read, and a HUGE recommendation! But read the first one.

[Note: I am going to treat the review of both books ([book:Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure|6044486] and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country) as one in most instances, since my likes and dislikes were the same in both books. When I am speaking of one in particular, I will make a note of it.]

I said awhile back that this is the summer of expanding my reading tastes and reading outside of my comfort zone (as seen in the Wild Things Challenge, which I really need to do an update on). Sometimes, th
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, blog, review-copy, signed
Originally reviewed on my blog (with the previous book) Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

I enjoy historical fiction. I love reading about a time period before my own because it gives me a little taste of what life was like for someone with very different experiences. And, I'd much rather experience it vicariously than permanently give up electricity and running water.

So, when I was contacted by Earthshaker Books to review a prehistoric adventure series following young Zan-Gah, I was thrille
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Opening where the first installment left off, Zan-Gah returns home from his journeys after having recovered his twin brother Dael from the pits of torture and slavery. Though Zan wants to live peacefully and start a family, Dael is not so peaceably inclined. When his wife passes away while giving birth to his daughter, Dael becomes both enraged and despondent, making life for everyone in the camp bitter and unpleasant. Even more curiously, Dael seems to direct most of his anger at his brother Za ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, book-reviews
Posted first on Blog Critics

After rescuing his brother Dael, from the fierce Noi tribe that had captured and tortured him for two years, Zan Gah feels like he may finally be at peace with his life. He falls in love with the beautiful Lissa Na, a young Noi woman who helped in the rescue. But Dael is not the young carefree boy from their youth. He had changed, the torture had made him into a different man then he had been. There was anger and distrust, which haunted his very soul. Lissa Na continu
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
The Ba-Coro tribe has enjoyed two years of peace and prosperity following the defeat of the Wasp People. And yet Zan can't help but feel suspicious at the vicious tribe's long-kept silence. With such a lush landscape and an ample food supply at their disposal, could it be that they are amassing another strike?

Determined to find the answer, Zan returns to the land of his captors. Little does he know that the biggest threat might lie closer to home...and his heart.

Dael's mind is more troubled tha
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Let me start off by saying that 'Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country' was infinitely better than I had predicted. I always seem to have the same thought process about books. That the first one is always going to be amazing and then the series will just get worse as it goes but that was not the case with 'Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country.' This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster. One second you're happy and everyone's celebrating a pregnancy, a new beginning, an impossible victory. The ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Zan-Gah is no longer the fearful boy who slew a lion. He is now a man, with a wife, the respect of his tribe, and a very troubled brother. After rescuing his twin brother Dael from the clutches of a rival tribe, Zan must cope and try to quell the anger and hate that now burns in Dael’s heart. The twins are no longer the best of friends that they once were and Dael often lashes out and keeps his tribe at a distance. After a move to the Beautiful Country (the same land that the twins barely escape ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Zan-Gah and the beautiful country by Allan Richard Shickman

Genre: Historic adventure YA
Pages: 2009
Published: 151

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 blo
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country takes up where Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure left off. Dael and Zan are both married and Dael is trying to get his life back together after being held captive and tortured. In this book you get more insight as to what Dael endured.

One morning Dael suddenly wakes Zan up and tells him he wants to find the source of the river that flows near their village again. Zan is worried about his brother and sets off with Dael, a few others follow them. They wind up in T
Wayne Walker
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How would you react if your kind, sweet brother turned into a bitter, vengeful enemy? In the first book of this series, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, Zan-Gah’s twin brother, Dael, had been captured by the Wasp People, who abused him, and then sold as a slave to the Noi People, who also abused him, so Zan goes in search of his brother. Zan and Dael escape, along with Lissa-Na, a Noi woman who has nursed Dael, and Rydl, a Wasp boy whom Zan has befriended. At the end of the book, Dael marries L ...more
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Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country (Zan-Gah, #2)
By Allan Richard Shickman
Publisher: Earthshaker Books, 2009
151 pages, paperback
Date Finished: 23/12/2010
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Action, Adventure

~First Line of Book: "When Lissa-Na died, Dael wept real tears."
~Last Line of Book: "He only knew that the demons who had long possessed his twin had departed; that healing and regenration were still possible because there is a secret place in every soul that has never yet been wounded."

Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf

The sequel to Zan Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure was even more engrossing than the first. Whilst I read the first in many sittings, this one I read in just one. I knew after reading Zan Gah that I was not ready to let go of the story just yet - how convenient I had the sequel with me!

The beginning of the book picks up right after its predecessor. It flows thoroughly and provides sufficient background information for readers who might have missed the first book.
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country picked up exactly where the first book left off, but this time the story focuses more on Zan's brother, Dael. This made me extremely happy, since my what I missed in the last book was getting to know more about the other characters. Again I must say I was impressed at how quickly the story grabs your attention. The death of Dael's wife causes him so much grief, that he retreats deeper into himself and becomes a shadow. All he dreams of now, is vengeance.

The huge
Tammy Dahle
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
My thoughts:
This book is the second in a trilogy by author Shickman. The first one being Zan-Gah A Prehistoric Adventure which introduces us to Zan and his troubled brother Dael. Twin brothers born in prehistoric times where life comes down to surviving the elements and finding food. Zan is raised with his tribe and becomes a like and well respected member. Dael on the other hand is kidnapped by a warring tribe and raised with abuse and hatred. At the end of Zan-Gah A Prehistoric Adventure Zan r
Mari - loves to read
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
What's this book about?
While the first novel in this series was filled with hope Zan-Gah and the beautiful country is a much darker story. A large part of this story has main focus on Dael, Zan's twin, his mind has been irreparable damaged by his captors, who both physically and mentally abused him. Dael has become unstable and vengeful, and now his life evolves around the idea of getting back at the people who treated him so badly.

My thoughts:
In this novel we get thrown head first into the dram
Melissa Hayden
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Dael's life has fallen apart. The calming that came to Dael over the few years home with his healer wife quickly shatters as his loving wife passed away during child birth with their child. He now feels the need to make dangerous journey through the potentially deadly world again, to see where the local river starts. Also in his mind, to find the Wasp people as they are still an unknown threat to his cave dwelling people. Zan is convinced to go with his brother fore his worry for him in this sta ...more
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
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Veena Regit
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2010-read
I really liked the 1st installment of this series, A Pre-Historic Adventure (my review). In that book, we saw Zan’s coming-of age story. We saw him slaying a lioness which would have killed his people, becoming a respectful and revered young leader who his people called Zan-Gah (Gah being a respectful suffix given to him ). In that book we also saw Zan go in search of his lost twin, Dael. He loves Dael, and somehow is weighed down by the guilt that maybe if they had had not had that fight, Dael ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Zan-Gah has returned with Dael in tow to the land of his people. Dael is not the same person he was prior to his abduction, and Zan-Gah is concerned for his well-being. Together, the clan decides to move to a more prosperous region, however Dael attempts to stir up conflict along the way.
I enjoyed this book more than the first one, more so because it captured my attention right from the start. The conflict between the brothers was portrayed beautifully, and I enjoyed how the characters evolved;
L. Carroll
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.3 out of 5 stars.

When Bonnie at Earthshaker Books asked if I would read and review the ZAN-GAH books, by Allan Richard Shickman, I was slightly dubious. You see, my genres of choice are epic fantasy and classic literature, but as a home-school mom, I concluded that the books might be good reads for my thirteen-year-old son, and so agreed; I am glad that I did. This is a beautifully written, engaging story, set in prehistoric times, about the coming of age of a boy named Zan.

In book number two
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Although it’s not the type of thing I would normally pick up on my own, I enjoyed Zan-Gah when I read it in 2011, so I was curious to hear where our characters Zan and Dael would go next. It turns out that the twins’ next adventures not only give us more information about what’s happened to them, but also shows the reader how Shickman has improved as a writer. Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country was a fast-paced read filled with great characterization and juicy historical information.

When I first
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ZAN-GAH author Allan Richard Shickman conceived Zan's adventure after thousands of miles of travel through mountains, deserts and forest land. The idea for this exciting story was born in a cave deep beneath the earth— in the company of hundreds of bats.

Allan is an artist, teacher, actor, author, historian, gardener, and former Boy Scout. He has published articles in The Art Bulletin, Art History,

Other books in the series

Zan-Gah (3 books)
  • Zan-Gah:  A Prehistoric Adventure (Zan-Gah, #1)
  • Dael and the Painted People (Zan-Gah, #3)