Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dael and the Painted People: Review and Giveaway

Their song could not continue; it was too dangerous to do anything that might draw the attention of enemies.
~Dael and the Painted People, Allan Richard Shickman

Think you have problems? Imagine a primitive world of warriors and hunters, teeming with wild animals such as bears and boars, a time of fierce competition for the basic necessities of food and shelter. Imagine the need to huddle outdoors with others in makeshift beds at night for warmth, and to always be vigilant. This is the world that author Allan Richard Shickman presents in rich and vivid detail. The new book in the Zan-Gah series, Dael and the Painted People, focuses on Dael, Zan-Gah's tormented twin brother, who is haunted by Hurnoa and his past actions, which have all too often stemmed from his uncontrolled fury. Accompanied by Sparrow, his new, quiet companion, they embark on a journey and discover a land of red rocks and crimson people, and things slowly start to change.

Wow! It will be difficult to convey even one tenth of my enthusiasm for this book--or this series. I read Dael and the Painted People with rapt attention over the course of a day. Initially, I didn't expect to be enthralled by books set in prehistoric days, but once again, I was absolutely (and willingly) transported back in time to a way of life stripped down to the bare essentials--food, shelter, and a touch of friendship and love. These books have enormous appeal to me (maybe I would be happy camping out in the wilderness). Imaginative and brimming with action and emotion, life here is presented as a daily struggle for survival, although in this book, cooperation and trust begin to supplant mere brawn and aggression. Although these books are for young adults, older readers should also enjoy them--I certainly did!

Does the prehistoric world of Zan-Gah also sound appealing to you? Earthshaker Books is generously offering a set of these three books, which includes Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, and the newest book, available to readers August 30, 2011, Dael and the Painted People, as a giveaway to one lucky reader in the U.S.. (Aren't book bloggers lucky? Frequently we're invited to read new books, sometimes before they're even published.)
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Enter by 5PM PDT on Monday, September 12. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Tuesday, September 13. Good luck!

Special thanks to Bonnie from Earthshaker Books for sending me this book.


  1. Nice review! I just read and reviewed this and thought it was great! :)

  2. This would be a very interesting book to read. I also enjoyed the review to.

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  3. I saw Zan-Gah around but I never picked it up. Not my genre. However, I do read books outside my genre, but only when the story telling quality is that good that it is worth my venturing outside my usual interests... Shickman sounds like an author worth venturing out...

    Cherry Mischievous
    (not an entry)

  4. I haven't read the Zan Gah books yet. Eeep! Thanks for adding the competition into your side bar x

  5. I am glad that I somehow found your site. This series sounds very interesting. I would love to read it.I am adding it to my list of to read books.

  6. I've heard lots of good things about this series and I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying it as well.

  7. Hi;
    I enjoyed your review and support your giveaway. No need to enter my name, not my genre but I did like your description.

  8. I am really excited about continuing my journey in this world, and will be reading this soon, so no need to enter me. Your review was magnificent, Suko, and I love that you are so enthused with this series. I also am rather entranced with it! Thanks for sharing this today!

  9. My sister & I both would love to read these books. And I've even read this author.

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  10. GFC follower

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  11. Great review Suko :) I agree, this is a fun series. And I noticed a Suko quote inside the cover on this one! Congrats!!

  12. I should add that a set of these books would be a terrific addition to the classroom (for middle and high school students, I think). Thank you all for the wonderful comments. More welcomed, of course.

  13. I never though this type of book would appeal to me but thank goodness I got out of my rut and tried one. Love it, absolutely loved it.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  14. Love the cover! Sounds very interesting. Would love to enter,

  15. I just always think I would have not lasted long in prehistoric times … or even the 1800s for that matter!

  16. I had not heard of these books or the author. Definitely sounds like a series I'd enjoy. I read a lot of these types of books and a lot of sci-fi too when I was, ahem, younger. And I still enjoy them today.

    I'm a follower and I posted the contest in the sidebar of my blog.

  17. This book sounds fascinating and like a lot of fun

  18. I read all three ZAN-GAH books. Allan's latest book DAEL AND THE PAINTED PEOPLE was a great read along with the rest of the series.

    I don't know if Allan wants this cat out of the bag yet but he has started putting his books on Audio CD's.

    The first book "ZAN-GAH A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE” has a lion hunt which is where ZAN (the main character) gets his name of honor. When you read the book, the lion hunt builds and builds in intensity until you are on the edge of your seat. When I hear Allan read the book on Voice CD, the lion hunt increases in intensity even more. The difference is I end up with goose bumps, waiting for a big cat to pounce on me.

    Allan is a master of dramatic reading!

    For a little audio taste of ZAN-GAH; go to and press AUDIO SAMPLE to listen.

    J. F. Kosednar

  19. Joe, how exciting! I didn't know about this development, but I can easily imagine these adventures acted out and brought to another level. Thanks for your comment.

  20. Books my son would love!


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