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A Paleolithic Fable: An Anki Legacies High Fantasy for Young Adults Paperback – October 1, 2016
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"Absolutely brilliant. A classic quest tale of paleo rogues.
"If you love Fantasy, historical, magical then you will love this book,, like I did. The author S Shane Thomas is very descriptive of each character you meet in the story."
"A really interesting read,an extreme hybrid adventure.
Truly inspired how Shane was able to blend Science -Fiction, Magic, and typical folklore in one story, in what seems like an effortless manner.Very varied characters,but in-depth character study also."
From the Author
Thanks for browsing A Paleolithic Fable! This book is a great place to start my series, Anki Legacies. While everything I've written before takes place in space or on alien worlds, A Paleolithic Fable is set on Earth, in the Stone Age.
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It's a classic quest story: a band of misfits (their viewpoints are presented in alternating chapters) take on the task of (literally) saving the world. Fans of Robert E. Howard (Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane) will love it: there are fights and martial arts expos on nearly every page; punchings, kickings, gorings, gougings and guttings galore. Shane Thomas has made these characters very 3-dimensional, with back stories on each when appropriate. Parts of the story line are Dunsanian in their descriptiveness, but it's the story itself that always drives it forward. And, all the fisticuffs notwithstanding, there's humor as well. My favorite line (spoken by one of the Ghostkin man-eaters) is delivered by the camp fire, where the brute is torn between eating a corpse or cooking up one of the captured humans:
"Dried meat is alright most times, but I do like a good steak now and then."
It makes me kind of sad that evolution succeeded where the Anki messed up. I would have liked to know some of those Icehunter chicks. As Shane Thomas says: "They got the moves!"
The aliens recruit Ghostkin warriors, human cannibals who have been preying upon the other humans, to aid them. The Skinchanger, Bobby, recruits a rag-tag band of humans to fight back. Think the Magnificent Seven in Pre-history and you get the idea. It’s a fairly fast moving story, the pov jumps are well-handled and the different characters all have their own voices to show the author has paid attention to their development.
The opening scenes of the book were a little confusing. I wasn’t sure if it came as a direct continuation of a previous novel, and although it forms part of the author's LARC1 universe I’m still no wiser but the mix of magic, science and fantasy carried me nicely to the final confrontation. A blend that the author has obviously spent time building into his world. Overall it worked very well.
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A human travels back to the time of cavemen to stop an evil race of creatures from destroying the world. Along the way, our futuristic hero, Bobby, meets a hodgepodge group of early humans. Each has his/her own special power that contributes to the group: strength. adaptability, soul walking, control of mana (one’s essence), and grandfather memories.
A mixture of fact and fiction, A Paleolithic Fable takes the reader on a journey into both a past that was and a past that could have been. As I read, I found myself looking up information on prehistoric times, creatures, and peoples that Thomas referenced.
S Shane Thomas creates a world with multiple tendrils that allows for many other adventures for the characters and their histories and futures.
My one critique was that I did not feel as connected to the characters as I would have liked. The story was told in multiple perspectives, and, though it helped me gain a greater understanding of the characters backgrounds and personalities, I did not feel myself drawn to any one character in particular. This may be just my own hang up because I have not read many books that are set up this way.
All in all, a great read by a talented author.
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