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Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, its the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Now Nidaros is an old and many-spired city. And though they still feel the breath of the great Glacier in every winter's winds, the ice cap itself has retreated beyond the horizon. Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they'd always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice. The great Glacier does not go on forever, and on its other side are new lands, new animals, and possibly new people. Ancient legend says that on the other side is the Golden Shrine, put there by the gods to guard the people of their world.
Now, perhaps, the road to the legendary Golden Shrine is open. Who could resist the urge to go see? For Count Hamnet and his several companions, the glacier has always been the boundary of the world. Now they'll be traveling beyond it into a world that's bigger than anyone knew. Adventures will surely be had.
©2007 Harry Turtledove (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A significant addition to most libraries' sf or speculative fiction collections, his book should interest fans of alternate history and early cultures." ( Library Journal)
"A vivid setting and strong characterization bode well for future installments." ( Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 07-02-07


This is a poor mans Conan the Warrior without the action. I guess the writer got as tired of this story as I did because he did not end it he just quit writing. I gave it two stars because I finished it and must save one star reviews for books I cannot finish.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 09-03-07


So I listened, and kept wondering when the climax was going to occur. Thirteen hours into the story, after the main characters travelled and were bitten by insects and stayed cold, got dirty and ate raw meat, etc., etc. the author was finally going to get into it, the thing that every story has, a climax. Then you hear "this is audible, we hope you've enjoyed this program." Whoa...wha...wha...WHAT? Where is the story? It was pleasantly written, the concept of Visegoths and ancient empires was alright, but that is really all it was, a good concept, not a good novel. There was no real story in this lengthy novel.

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