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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (66 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove continues the alternate–Bronze Age epic begun in Beyond the Gap.

The glaciers came and covered the world with ice. Now they are in retreat. North of the city of Nidaros, north of the forest, north of the steppes where the nomadic Bizogots hunt, a gap has opened in the ice-wall. And down through that gap come the men who call themselves “Rulers.”

Their terrifying cavalry rides woolly mammoths. Their bows can shoot arrows farther than those of the southerners. Their wizards wield power that neither the shamans of the Bizogots nor the wizards of Raumsdalian Empire can match—a magic that can melt the stone beneath a man’s feet, call down blasting fire from the sky, or decimate a tribe with plagues that have no cure. Scattered survivors of the Bizogot tribes hide from the Rulers. The Empire is shattered. The feckless Emperor Sigvat II is in hiding.

Against the Rulers stands Count Hamnet Thyssen and his small band of friends: Jarl Trasamund of the Three Tusk Bizogots; the adventurer Ulric Skakki; and, most important, Marcovefa, the female shaman of a cannibal tribe that lives atop the Glacier itself. Marcovefa has magic that the Rulers cannot counter.

But there are many Rulers, and they have many wizards. Marcovefa is but one.

Perhaps Hamnet and his allies can save their lands from the Rulers. But first they must seek out the legendary Golden Shrine—and the Golden Shrine has not been seen by human eyes since the time before the glaciers came.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places. He’s developed a cult following over the years; and if you’ve already been there, done that with real-history novelists Patrick O’Brian, Dorothy Dunnett, or George MacDonald Fraser, for your next big enthusiasm you might want to try Turtledove. I know I’d follow his imagination almost anywhere.”

    San Jose Murcury News

  • “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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce | 11/4/2012

    " Last of a trilogy. Suffers from only one fault, persisting in Turtledove's writing style, of not being easily read or enjoyed without the preceding volumes. Taking that into account a good story, well told, and marred by only a few unexplained things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Todd | 2/14/2012

    " End of a nice thrilgy. Turtledove imagines an unusual place and time and dragged me in. Enjoyable diversion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 1/26/2012

    " Interesting end to the Gap series which flips the reader's time frame in the last few chapters. Be sure to read the 1st two volumes so you know the characters and situation. Enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donnelle | 3/8/2011

    " I found it relatively difficult to relate to the main protagonist, but there were some scathing moments of sarcasm from another character, which I absolutely adored. "

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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.