BEYOND THE GAP
Turtledove's latest is an enjoyable and easy read from one of the reigning masters of alternate history. While it follows a fairly standard plot -- a group of adventurers setting out for parts unknown -- the characterization is superb, and Hamnet Thyssen is a
believable and likable protagonist.
It seems that a gap has opened in the Glacier, providing passage through to the other side, populated with beasts and people unknown to those in the south. Ancient legends also claim that the Golden Shrine is to the north, and it falls to Hamnet, Trasamund and their companions to explore the new lands and discover the truth. (Tor, Feb., 336 pp., $24.95)