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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Opening of the World Series Release Date:
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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, it’s 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 …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harry Turtledove is probably the best practitioner of the classic alternate-history story since L. Sprague de Camp.”

    Locus

  • “A vivid setting and strong characterization bode well for future installments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beginning a new alternate history series with this tale of two eras on the brink of catastrophic change, Turtledove brings an era to life.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 11/28/2013

    " I'm not terribly impressed with this book so far. It's too shallow or maybe it's just the reader of the audio book.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Chris Baron | 10/11/2013

    " Like I'm reading a sixth grader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lilly-Anne | 6/5/2013

    " This book's language reads like a middle grade YA fantasy but, the substance is more like a romance novel written by a male...a little too shallow for women to really enjoy. Not adult enough for an adult romance novel or even an adult fantasy but, too much sex for a middle grade YA fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/16/2013

    " Too much sex, not enough plot. Remarkably anti-climatic. But not a horrible way to spend the commute. "

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About the Author
Author Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove, known as the “Master of Alternative History,” is the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of a number of bestselling series and standalone novels. He received his PhD from UCLA in Byzantine history and worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education before becoming a full-time fiction writer. He also served as the treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written a number of successful series, including the Crosstime Traffic series, the Darkness series, and the Worldwar I Colonization series, among others. His standalone works include Ruled Brittania, Every Inch a King, Conan of Venarium, Household Gods, and Justinian.