Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review - Dael and the Painted People

Dael and the Painted People 
(Book Three in the Zan-Gah Series)
By Allan Richard Shickman

About The Book:
"A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love..."

About The Author:
Allan Richard Shickman conceived Zan's adventure after thousands of miles of travel through mountains, deserts and forest land. The idea for this exciting story was born in a cave deep beneath the earth— in the company of hundreds of bats.

Allan is an artist, teacher, actor, author, historian, gardener, and former Boy Scout. He has published articles in The Art Bulletin, Art History, English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900, Notes and Queries, and Colby Quarterly. He was also Art and Music Bibliographer for Shakespeare Quarterly. He has had many letters in various newspapers, including a dozen in The New York Times. Allan taught the history of art at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. He now lives and writes in St. Louis."

Review by Lynda:
I have followed this series with great interest and have thoroughly enjoyed each story. All the characters are unique and are guaranteed to find a place in the heart of the reader. In the 3rd book of the series, 'Dael and the Painted People', we are once again connected to a character we've met before, but through the machinations of the author, this character didn't give us many reasons to like him much. But we did perceive that there might be more to Dael than what showed on the surface. Through the trouble-woven story of Dael's abduction and life thereafter, author Allan Richard Shickman takes the reader on a journey that will shock and amaze you. The strength and persistence  of the human spirit to survive and heal is thoroughly explored through adventure, reflection, and loving relationships. Dael and the young woman, Sparrow, who makes a profound difference in his life, will blaze a path of change. It's not always painless to read and follow this metamorphosis, but I promise, you'll be glad you did.

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