THE BREATH OF GOD
This book continues the epic that
started in Beyond the Gap. It's an entertaining story, set at the end
of an ice age, but the magical elements make it more fantasy than alternate history. The plot focuses on conflict between cultures, and the characterization is excellent. The hero is a strong protagonist, and his interactions with his fellow travelers provide depth to their journey, despite the slow pace
of their odyssey.
The Rulers, a violent group riding woolly mammoths and using powerful magic, attack and force the Raumsdalians to flee. Finding allies among another tribe, Hamnet prepares to do battle with the Rulers. (TOR, Dec., 336 pp., $24.95)