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The Drowning Land Kindle Edition
Edan’s tribe has always survived by knowing the land and following its stories.
But now their world is changing, and they must change with it, or die.
When young fisherman Edan rescues the troll seer Tara from Phelan wolf-touched, he makes a powerful enemy. But Tara’s visions bring them hope that the world might still be saved.
Edan must break away from tradition and cross the Summer Lands in search of a new future, but where does that future lie? With Phelan’s wolf clan? With the Fomor sea-devils? Or with Tara’s uncertain hope for salvation?
The Drowning Land takes us back eight thousand years to the Mesolithic Period when a lost land, Doggerland, still connected England to France across what is now the North Sea. Inspired by the extensive research conducted by archaeologists over the past two decades, this is a story of our distant ancestors and how they confronted the climate catastrophe that overwhelmed their world.
- ASIN : B08SQZ2133
- Publisher : Caab Publishing Ltd (January 29, 2021)
- Publication date : January 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 921 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,198 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The world building in this novel was phenomenal. Mr. Donachie created several different tribes among the humans and Troll People that each had their own complex cultures, histories, taboos, rituals, and legends. Figuring out the differences between them was nearly as rewarding as taking note of all of the ways in which they were more similar to one another than most of them would probably have cared to admit. The author also created well-developed and logical settings that helped to explain why one culture might fear a forest while another couldn’t imagine life outside of it. I couldn’t have been more impressed with all of the work he put into making Doggerland come alive in my imagination.
I loved the way the romantic subplot was handled. The characters involved in it were dealing with multiple conflicts at the same time, so any hint of love or romance between them needed to develop slowly when they found moments here and there to catch their breath. This gave them plenty of time to get to know each other as individuals first. It also made me eager to find out if one of them would finally make the first move and push that part of the storyline forward!
The pacing was strong and steady from the first scene to the last one. No matter how many chapters I’d already read on a particular day, I always wanted to read just one more. It was exciting to imagine what might happen to the characters next. The storyline always struck that perfect balance between action scenes and brief moments of reflection and rest when needed.
One of the things I enjoy the most about prehistoric stories like this one is how they translate real scientific discoveries about the lives of ancient people into fiction. Mr. Donachie did an excellent job of explaining some of the most recent theories about what life in the real Doggerland was like eight thousand years ago and what probably happened to the people who had to flee it as the sea levels rose and all of that land was swallowed up by the ocean. Without giving away spoilers, I was also mesmerized by the author’s explanation of who the Troll People were and why it’s possible they truly existed thousands of years ago.
I can’t recommend The Drowning Land highly enough, especially to anyone who adores stories about hunter-gatherers and prehistory.
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Meticulously imagined based on archaeological discoveries, The Drowning Land accepts the challenge of depicting mesolithic people with modern psychology and personality, traveling a landscape without permanent human settlements, carrying most of their lives on their backs. Most of the book sees the heroes running from place to place towards quixotic goals as death claims the side characters, but the budding friendship between Edan and Tara is the core of the book and keeps things from getting too grim (a brief, non-explicit rape threat from Wolf Clan members in the first 1/4 is possibly the most disturbing moment). Along the way, the Neanderthal and the fisherman meet people who represent other seeds of human futures: the Grass People who gather seeds and build teepee-like huts, Phelan's Wolf Clan who break tradition by building villages and planning to cut down the forbidden inland forests ("We will cut down the forest! We will fell the Great Wood with our axes!" "Unthinkable! Blasphemy!"). Eventually, they meet the oldest tradition of all, Tara's Neanderthals, who like many of the characters, have placed their faith in a confrontation with the sea.
Hints of supernatural elements occasionally flash into the narrative -- possibly prophetic visions, and Edan's nightmares of the Fomor, the terrifying water-monsters that he and others imagine are driving the waves. But Donachie is too good a writer to have anything unambiguously supernatural break his well-researched mesolithic world, or to draw blunt comparisons with the current age of migration and climate change. Suitable for adult or YA reading, it's an engrossing vision of how people might have lived in a bygone world.
Top reviews from other countries
Well researched and equally well written with believable characters and a clever blend of fantasy and the mystical that never strays too far from what is real, this makes for a perfect and engrossing world and story.