The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.
My take on this book:
Zan-Gah was a boy anxious to become a man, so when the need arises to hunt down a lion that had killed a child, he insists to his father and mother that he is going, sharpening his spear, he is ready for the hunt. With bravery, skill, and luck he kills the lioness, becoming a respected person among all of the clans.
He starts having dreams about his twin brother, Dael, who had been missing for over a year and presumed dead, and because of a quarrel the brothers had Zan-Gah blamed himself. After talking to his uncle Chul about his dreams, he becomes convinced that his brother may be alive so he sets out alone to find him. Will he find his brother, and will Zan-Gah ever find his way back home?
This is a prehistoric story that is very well written and very engaging. Reading about Zan-Gah and the adventures he took were so vivid that the story seemed to come to life in the pages of this book. I loved reading how Zan-Gah grew from a determined young boy, into a young man that the rival clans respected.While this book was only 148 pages, the author does an amazing job of packing alot into those pages, the story never becomes dull, and the ending left me anxious to read the next book in the series titled Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country.
While this story is geared toward the teen and preteen set, I think people of all ages would enjoy the adventures of Zan-Gah, I know I did. If your child isn't a fan of reading this book with is vivid descriptions of a young boy coming of age just might be the book that spurs them to read!
Even though I was provided a review copy of this book by publisher it in no way alters my opinion of this book.