Feathered Quill: "The Promised Valleyseries is a captivating and interesting concept of what modern day life wouldbe like had the [historical] beginnings of time happened differently. Mr.Fritsch has remained true to his vivid imagination in the delivery of bookthree. He does not falter from the foundation that was laid in the first twobooks; yet continues to pay the story forward through his perceptions of howthe [historical] beginning of man and time could have evolved."
Kirkus: "Savage warfare and desperate diplomacy markedthe well-orchestrated events of the first two [Promised Valley] books, andtensions continue to boil to the surface in this volume. These books [are] an intelligentand involving look at the personal sacrifices of making war and keepingpeace."
Reader Views: "The author's creativityin writing a series such as this is to be admired. There are many valuablelessons to be learned in this story."
Readers' Favorite: "[In] the uniqueprehistoric world [Fritsch] has created are themes that possess auniversality. These themes not only subscribe to the classic literaryaspects of conflict and resolution, but, through Fritsch's deft craftsmanship,do so in a way that is pertinent even when read in the context of today'sworld."
From the Author
In the epic Promised Valley adventure, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior and obedience. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.
Both sides, though, value individuals who partner with persons of their own gender. Because they have no children to raise, they take leadership positions, especially in times of war.
The four Promised Valley novels ask whether civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, could've begun differently.
The individuals who live, struggle, revel, die and survive in the novels confront fundamental questions:
How factual are the stories their ancestors handed down to them?
Despite those stories, are they and their enemies equal human beings who deserve to be treated as such?
Are their gods -- who appear to be the same deities for the farmers as well as the hunters, even as they exhort both of their supposedly favored peoples to kill the other -- truly benevolent gods?
Or do their gods, outside of those ancestral stories that might not be true, simply not exist?