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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: William Dufri Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Opening of the World Series Release Date:
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Once the great glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it has broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund—politely addressed as “Your Ferocity”—and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine. 

But dangers abound. A violent and implacable group known as the Rulers has already killed many, and now they attack again. Riding deer and woolly mammoths and using powerful magic, the Rulers triumph and force the Raumsdalians to flee. 

In the spring, another battle ends even more badly for Hamnet’s side, but the Glacier is also retreating, so they are able to escape. Meeting a tribe whose desperate living conditions have led them to overcome the Raumsdalian taboo against eating fallen foes, they find unexpected allies. Now, returning to the capital city and its intrigues, Hamnet prepares to lead an army against the merciless Rulers. The world, once so bounded and comprehensible, will never be the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Turtledove] demonstrates his versatility and considerable imagination in this fast-paced military fantasy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The tale’s copious action includes some fascinating sorcerous battles, and Turtledove’s development of Hamnet is captivating…[A] terrific adventure.”


  • “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 on Beyond the Gap

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cathy Andrews | 5/3/2013

    " I don't think it's as good as his other books, I am getting bogged down in some sections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David R. | 3/30/2013

    " I was probably crazy to stick with this series. But I thought things might get more interesting in the second round. Regrettably, the characters became even more irritating to me and the book is a series of *long* hikes back and forth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 3/10/2013

    " I'm not sure why I continue listening to this series. It's mildly entertaining but really one book delivered in three chunks. Frankly, Turtledove rambles a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gary | 6/18/2012

    " As far as Alt. History goes, you can skip this one. "

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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.