Having rescued his twin brother, Dael, from cruel captors, Zan-Gah expects a happy ending. However, the girl he loves is in love with Dael. Dael himself is much changed from the playful, laughing boy he used to be: where Zan has grown strong and wise, Dael has grown into an unpredictable, coldly distant, harsh killer.
Zan now wants to bring his tribe to a place he calls the Beautiful Country, a land of luxury and plenty. There, he is sure that they can prosper and that Dael will find healing. But the journey is a long and harsh one, and as much as Zan longs for peace, Dael longs for violence and bloodshed...
Overall this book was a little simplistic for my tastes, but I enjoyed it as a quick afternoon homework break.
Things are a little too implausible in this story. The miraculous timing of uncontrollable natural events, for example. And I didn't like the ending much at all, although I won't spoil it by saying why.
I thought Dael was pretty interesting, with his somewhat warped personality. Besides him, well, the book was really short so there just wasn't a lot of characterization.
I did prefer the writing in this book to the writing in the previous book, because it's less educational and more entertaining. However, some scenes just fell flat. Overall I was a little underwhelmed.
End Result: two stars. I was not impressed.