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A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from thA prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love by the winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Mom's Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in a family-friendly book series....

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Dael and the Painted People Reviews

  • L.A.
    2019-07-02 10:00

    Article first published as Book Review:Dael And The Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman on Blogcritics.Background and nurture often have an impact on personality, which is extremely difficult to overcome. In life though, challenges and continual change often have an impact little imagined by others. In Dael and the Painted People, Allan Richard Shickman has given us an intensely satisfying story that does an amazing job of rounding out his Zan-Gah series. Dael is a tortured individual, the brother of Zan-Gah, kidnapped at youth and both tortured and abused by his captors the Noi. Having killed an elderly woman, a Shaman of the tribe, his entire is life turned upside down. Anger rules him and has finally set him on a course to leave his family and his beloved brother. The anger makes Dael a different man, his dreams and visions make him Shaman to a large group of followers and yet a pariah to his own family. After an egregious fight Dael chooses to leave his own tribe and move on.Followed from his home by another who did not fit he finds the young woman Sparrow has become his companion. Not capable of speech she is quiet and shy and yet determined. While she does not care for Dael, she too must make her way to a different life. Held together by danger and cold they have no choice but to interact, and thereby form a sort of bond. When they reach their final destination, Dael has found his anger has begun to burn away. They are both accepted readily by the Children of the Earth and indoctrinated into their group. Here begins the story of the rehabilitation of a man and woman, both outcasts and the amazing journey that remakes their lives.Dael is such an interesting character, so like his well respected brother in many ways and yet so set apart by his experiences. You can see the good simmer below the surface and in some of his interactions, but it is so hidden by the anger and the seizures that it becomes difficult to like him. Following his story is so uplifting and his life becomes so remarkable you find yourself cheering as each change occurs and his life moves into mysterious paths. There is a great deal to learn from such a character and his development.Sparrow is finally in a place where she can excel. She has evinced a great deal of courage in following a man she does not really know, and does not care for. Yet she understands her life must change. Just the very fact that she made this decision to move from a caring family into the unknown gives you an alternate view of this young woman. She is strong and brave, and is willing to face grueling challenges to become whole. Unaware of how or where she will end up, her life become a testament to that courage and she reaps the rewards with joy.Shickman has given us a story set at a time of great upheaval; the time of the caveman, and through his precise writing he has built a world of both danger and beauty. The time and place is believable and you can picture the both beauty and savagery through the insightful prose.I would recommend this for the young adult reader, as well as those young at heart. The adventure is strong and the background interesting. The challenges can certainly be related to the very same encountered today, at least those requiring decisions and courage. The dangers are different and yet we know they still exist. This would be a great book for your child’s library.This book was received free through EarthShaker Books. All opinons are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.

  • Orchid
    2019-06-25 10:11

    Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia.Dael and the Painted People is the third book in the Zan-Gah series (See links below for my thoughts on the first two books). The one thing I've noticed with each successive Zan-Gah book is that Mr. Shickman's writing just keeps on getting better, along with his ability to just pull me right into the story and the characters struggles in such a vibrantly harsh landscape. What makes Dael and the Painted People such a great read is how the well the author pulls you into the conflict that rages within Dael and his struggle to come to peace with himself and what he has done. There have been very few characters whose plight has so caught my attention as Dael's did. I know that in my reviews for the first to Zan-Gah books I said how much I liked Zan as a character, but after reading Dael and the Painted People came to the realization that I prefer Dael over Zan. The reason for this is after going through some really rough patches (being kidnapped as a child, going berserk, and losing his wife and child) and how by the end of the book he through the kindness of Sparrow and the Children of the Earth. His struggle to move on was just written so well. As for Sparrow, I thought she was an okay character. Don't get me wrong I liked her, especially with how she helped Dael to overcome his past. For the time that the book is set she's great character, but out of the era she would most likely come off as weak.While Dael and the Painted People has an incredibly interesting plot and characters, my absolute favorite thing about this book would have to be Mr. Shickman's writing. His writing and storytelling is just so vivid that it pulls you in from the very first page. I was going to read just one more chapter before calling it a night, but I just could not put it down because I was so absorbed in what was happening.I wouldn't necessarily call this my least favorite part of the book, just the part that I had the most trouble getting into; I found it at times just a little hard to get into reading about the rituals the Children of the Earth participated in. It's not that they weren't well written or anything, just a little odd.Final Verdict: Dael and the Painted People could not put it down! Such a great follow up to the first two books.Dael and the Painted People earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

  • Bookworm
    2019-07-05 10:11

    About:Dael and the Painted People is the third installment in author Allan Richard Shickman's Zan-Gah books.I read the first two books in the series, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, with my daughter last year and we enjoyed them.The series, set in prehistoric times, revolves around the lives of two young brothers, Zan-Gah and Dael.In this third installment, a now young adult Dael sets off in search of the Painted People, a rival tribe Dael feels he must join. Alongside Dael is the shy, mute girl Sparrow. When Dael and Sparrow find the Painted People, the tribe welcomes them as their own.The Painted People are a peaceful tribe, governed by the females in the group. Dael being traumatized when he was younger and held captive for years, has a tendency towards aggressive behavior. Although Dael misses his brother Zan and his clan, living with the Painted People and Sparrow has calmed his spirit. He is well liked in the group. However, Dael has made one enemy, the elder shaman named Shnur. Shnur sees Dael as his rival, a newcomer who wants to take his spot as the tribe's healer and shaman. Shnur's hatred of Dael stems from jealousy. My thoughts: Dael and the Painted People picks up where Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country left off.I was curious to see what would happen to these characters. This third book centers mostly around Dael and Sparrow. I enjoyed reading about the Painted People and their customs. I found it a nice twist that although Sparrow is mute, she can speak the Painted People's language easily, since it consists of clicking noises. We get to meet a few new characters in this third installment as well. Author Allan Richard Shickman creates a prehistoric world and weaves a coming of age story within it. The characters and story lines are well written and entertaining. There's action and adventure in these books, and the prehistoric setting makes the perfect backdrop. The Zan-Gah books are fun reads for all ages. My daughter and I are enjoying this series. There is a healing power in kindness, and Dael began to mend. p.35read my full review here

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-07-10 06:19

    Dael has been outcast from his people, so he asks mute Sparrow to accompany him on his new journey. Sparrow's love for Rydall isn't returned, so she agrees to go with Dael, a man who has lost his ability to love and hate. Dael decides to travel to The Painted People, a clan he knows hardly anything about and hopefully nothing about him. When they arrive, they are greeted amicably and treated like the clan. Sparrow immediately picks up on the clans communication skills - a series of clicks, and becomes a social butterfly. She and Dael begin to take on the customs of the people and are happy. However, since Sparrow is pregnant, the clanfolk urge them to marry and join their clan. They agree and have the ceremony and Sparrow delivers a baby boy. However, the shaman of the red people isn't pleased with Dael's abilities. He tames wild animals, can start fires, cooks with herbs and has healing powers. He is afraid he will take his prominent position. Dael, although beginning to feel again, still sees the ghost of an elderly woman he murdered. When Dael attacks the shaman, when the shaman attacks one of Dael's pet crows, their lives in the clan of The Painted People is precarious. Can Dael show the shaman he means no harm and will Dael be able to put his violent past behind him? Dael and the Painted People is another remarkable read from Allan Shickman. The details are intricately wrought, bringing this ancient time (cavemen times) to life. The customs, the way of life and the characters are intriguing and memorable. Allan Shickman's books are consistently engaging and surprising and I highly recommend Dael and the Painted People.

  • Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
    2019-07-01 05:25

    With most series, an author usually starts with a main character and sticks with that main characters through the rest of the series. Sometimes, an author switches it up. In most cases, this hurts a book because most people want to stick with what they're used to. After all, you get emotionally invested in one character and you want to stick it through to the very bitter end with them. However, in some special instances, a switch is good. Dael and the Painted People is a very good example of this.Dael is Zan-Gah's twin brother. While we've seen him throughout the series, we haven't had a really good taste of who he is and why he is the way he is. Sure, there's some explanation before.. but I think it's just better to experience it through him rather being told about him. The author doesn't take it easy on him either - he's gone through a lot in his past and he continues to go through even more. Before, we've seen a darker Dael that has built walls around himself keeping everyone out. In this, those walls come down for us and we get a better look at Dael. Honestly, I thought Zan-Gah was my favorite character, but after reading this.. I don't think I could choose between the brothers. They've both gone through so much, alike in so many ways yet so very different. Some of our other characters we like make appearances in this book, which is I was pleasantly surprised with.This story was just as emotionally gripping as the ones before, with entrancing characters and plot. It was also well-written. As a matter of fact, it seems as though Shickman's writing gets better with every book, sucking you in more and more with each story told.

  • Angelc
    2019-07-20 10:16

    4.5 StarsThe Zan Gah series is so well done and this book is a welcome addition to the series. This is the first book where Zan Gah's twin, Dael, is the lead instead of Zan Gah. I have to admit that I missed Zan Gah in this one, but I did like being able to see Dael finally grow and be happy.The second book in the series is still my favorite, because I loved meeting all of the fantastic characters. Most of my favorite characters are back in this story, but it seemed like not as much time was devoted to characters other than Dael and his wife, Sparrow. I was so glad that Rydl was back, he was one of my favorite characters, and after all, we had to see how he and Sparrow would interact after what happened between them.The thing I liked the best about this series is that you see it doesn't matter whether it's the 21st century, or prehistoric times, people are pretty much the same. We still want and need the same things. We still have the same types of social relationships. This is a series that I never would have picked up based on the summary, but I am so glad I did. Now, I'm totally immersed in this prehistoric world and anxiously awaiting the next installment.A nice addition to the Zan Gah books, this time focusing on Zan's troubled twin brother, Dael. It's an adventure filled trip back to Zan Gah's prehistoric world, full of lessons we can learn from today. book sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-28 12:04

    It has been a while since I read the first two books in the series and I wasn’t sure how much I had remembered from the first two books but I had actually remembered quite a lot so I was fine reading this one.Allan Richard Shickman writes in such a way that he pens such fantastic imagery and I can really immerse myself into the world and genuinely see myself there. His descriptions of the world are really well written.As far as the story goes, I thought it was quite entertaining and intriguing. This one is all about redemption and making up for the past and just healing as people. I thought it was really good because it has themes that are prominent in today’s society but it was written in a past setting.I almost feel like Dael and the Painted People was my favourite book in the series, it felt more thought out and more mature. It also showed the characters in a different light and I just really enjoyed it.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2019-07-15 06:12

    I really enjoyed this series, so I was extremely stoked when contacted to review book 3.It didn't let me down either!It flowed and picked up where the last one left off. Though it followed Dael instead of his brother Zan-Gah. Dael was a trouble maker before, but he is growing up.I really loved watching Sparrow take wings too. She is an amazing character!I have to admit, I didn't think it had the action the first two books had, but it had more story. It tended to stay focused on the rivalry between the two shamans, but with little fighting.The end was the best part though, and I'm not giving that away! Time to get the book and start reading. You won't be disappointed.

  • Wayne Walker
    2019-06-28 09:04

    Is it true what some people say, that you can never go home again? In this third book of the Zan-Gah prehistoric young adult series, Dael has decided to leave his people, the Ba-Coro tribe. In the first book, Zan-Gah goes to find his twin brother Dael, who had been captured by the Wasp People and then sold to the Noi tribe. In the second book, the two brothers lead the Ba-Coro people to the Beautiful Country where the Wasp People had formerly lived but died out in a plague. However, haunted by his abuse at the hands of the Wasp and Noi people and the deaths of his wife Lissa-Na and their child, Dael has become very violent and unpredictable. After the Ba-Coro tribe almost divides between the followers of Dael and the followers of Zan-Gah, Dael goes to dwell with the Painted People whom they had met on their trek to the Beautiful Country. He asks a young mute girl named Sparrow to accompany him, almost like a servant, and his pet wolves, Dara and Nata which he had given to two of his followers, also come running after them. The painted people, who call themselves “the children of the earth,” live in the land of red rocks and color their skin with crimson dye from the soil. Their council of elders is headed by a woman named Mlaka. Dael makes friends with a man named Koli, but Mlaka’s brother, Schnur, is the tribe’s shaman, and he becomes Dael’s enemy. Dael had learned some medicine from Lissa-Na and helps cure some of the painted people. Also, Dael has dreams and “fits” which Schnur believes are visits to the spirit world over which he thinks that he himself should have control. And Dael is liked by the crows who dwell nearby, but the shaman interprets this as an evil omen too. Slowly, Dael’s inner wounds begin to heal, but Schnur considers him a rival and even tries to kill him. Will Dael choose to remain with the painted people or return home? And if he wants to go home, will he survive the shaman’s wrath to make it? Like its predecessors, Dael and the Painted People is a well-crafted story with easy-to-follow action and the right amount of suspense to keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. Parents may want to know that after Dael and Sparrow left the Ba-Coro, the statement is made, “That night, under the doubtful orb, on a soft and yielding place encircled by thorny growth, Sparrow conceived a child—while the two wolves wailed at the shadowy lantern.” However, no more detail than that is given, and the two later marry according to the tradition of the painted people. Also, Dael eats some special mushrooms which Lissa-Na had shown him and they seem to bring him into an ecstatic, almost hallucinogenic, state, but he eventually quits using them, and they cause some serious problems for Schnur when he finds out about them. There is a bit more mysticism in this book than in the other two, which some people may not care for, but generally it is an interesting and readable tale set in prehistoric times.

  • Marcie
    2019-06-30 08:12

    Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman is the third book in the Zan-Gah series. The main character in this novel is Dael, Zan-Gah's twin brother. Dael has been through a lot. He was kidnapped by the wasp people as a child and tortured. He also lost his wife and child during childbirth. Dael is left emotionally scarred. He is full of hate and bitterness. As a result of his actions he must leave his home with the Ba-Coro. He takes with him, Sparrow, a young woman who can't speak. Together they make their way in search of the painted people.Allan Shickman has not gone easy on Dael. Dael has been through a lot in his life. He is full of anger and bitterness. All that he loved he now despises. In the past two books I've felt sorry for Dael. His character is very rough around the edges. Dael's put up a lot of walls that keep people out and make him hard to like. In this book some of the walls come down. I really liked how the author showed a different side of Dael and the inner struggles that take place inside of him. I was surprised that Dael took Sparrow with him. Sparrow can't speak and is meek. She didn't seem the sort of companion Dael would have chosen to go with him on his journey. I really liked seeing her character develop throughout this story. In a way her name suits her personality. Like a sparrow she is small and delicate but she's also strong and resourceful. The story line in this book is really good. Even though this is Dael's story, I was really glad that Shickman didn't leave out the characters from the previous books. Dael's journey in this book is really symbolic to the inner healing that takes place inside Dael. Every step he takes toward the Painted People, he takes a step away from his harrowing past. I really like that the Painted People are a complete contradiction to how Dael has lived his life. The Painted People are very friendly, accepting and generous. They accept Dael and Sparrow with no questions asked and make them part of their tribe. However trouble seems to follow Dael where ever he goes. He quickly makes an enemy of Shunar, the tribe's shaman. Shunar will stop at nothing until he can get rid of Dael. The altercation between the two characters really tests Dael's resolve. This is a wonderful series set in prehistoric times. Allan Richard Shickman does a wonderful job writing about the hardships and challenges of living in this time period. The characters are wonderfully developed. Dael and the Painted People is a story about forgiveness, strength, and restoration. It is an emotionally charged adventure that is overwhelmingly brilliant. This is one of those series that kids as well as their parents enjoy reading. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and highly recommend this series.

  • Sandra Stiles
    2019-06-21 08:19

    I was thrilled when I was contacted about reviewing the third book in the Zan-Gah series. Although I received the book quite some time back, I held off reviewing it. While reviewing the many other books I had back-logged. I read this book a chapter at a time. I don't normally do this. The reason? I wanted to re-read it quickly a week or two before I posted my review. In my classroom we are currently reading our core curriculum's novel "Dar and the Spear Thrower". I wanted to be able to showcase the Zan-Gah Series to my students. I believe the story it tells is much richer yet still gives the students a glimpse of the time period. I was excited as we started the unit last week to be able to show the books to my students. I pull them from my shelves until we start the unit.In Dael and the Painted People we find Zan-Gah's twin leaving the Ba-Coro clan. He takes with him Sparrow. He is not sure why he asks her at first. Maybe because he is lonely and she has always been an outcast because of her inability to speak. They are accompanied by two wolves, Dara and Nata. They are ready protectors, as well as hunters in a land that is harsh. It is obvious from the beginning of the book that Dael is still haunted by his past and still has so much pent up anger. It was refreshing to read that he and Sparrow meet the Painted People, also known as the Children of the Earth. They paint their bodies red. It is through this clan that Dael finally begins to find peace and healing. It is here he finds love and learns to harness his anger.Once again I have say that the characters were well fleshed out. If I had to pick one of the three books as my favorite I would have to choose this one. To see such a change in a character was wonderful and believable. I have loved this series. When our department chair came and informed me we could choose alternate books to go with our Core Units, this was at the top of my list. Why? It is well written. I think it covers the concepts much better than the books picked by our district. Most importantly, they want us to encourage our students to read more books by the author, so I would prefer having them read a series. I've already shared this with one of the other teachers and she is as excited as I am and has started reading the series to her students. I look forward to many more books by this author that I can share with my students.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-06-21 08:59

    Dael, Zan-Gah's twin brother, is tormented by his nightmares and memory of killing the old wasp woman, Hurnoa. He decides he needs to leave his people. Leaving his home and family he asks Sparrow, the mute heart broken female, to travel with him. As Dael travels he starts to feel differently on everything. Two broken souls traveling together not knowing where to go. But Dael remembers the connection he felt for the red people as they are as alien to him as he is to his people and wants to live with them. But where things go smoothly and Dael fits in, there is still trouble around the corner.We start to see a new side to Dael here. He is far more than the broken destructive man we thought he was prior to this book. In Daels journey we visit old places and memories of Daels' from childhood to his living with the cruel people how took him through to the current time back with his family. Dael starts to reflect on his life and the terrible things he had done to others. We get a view of Dael from the inside as he heals, and as well from others who view him from a new and his changes. Seeing Dael through fresh eyes helps us to see Dael as not being the violent man we remember giving him a fresh start in our minds as with the new people he is living with. This was a great way to take Dael from what we remember him as and place him in new surroundings to give us, the reader, a chance to feel for Dael. Even come to like him.We see the evolution of man and their abilities to learn and do new things in the world. We learn of different life styles in which different people in different regions lived. Different surroundings, different believes, different living. We see the red people now and their way of life, which turns out to be the best thing for Dael, and Sparrow.I liked seeing Dael with his own book with his growth and learning. This is his healing period. We are reminded in the beginning of the friends and family he left, and in the end we hear of them again. The world these cave people live in is quickly changing, and they are the ones evolving quickly to change it. I like the take on the evolution of caveman that is viewed in this book. Nice to see a view of the evolution of the times from the beginning when man had nothing but themselves and the land around them.

  • Julie
    2019-06-29 12:08

    In this third book of the Zan-Gah series, Dael is running from his Ba-Coro family to venture out on his own. He looks back and sees Sparrow following him...Sparrow who cannot talk...Sparrow who is so torn up by Rydl's rejection that Dael is unsure of how to handle her. They form an unlikely bond when they find themselves among the painted people. Dael is an enigma to the painted people, just as they are to him and Sparrow. To fit in, Dael and Sparrow spread the red clay all over their bodies and begin to learn the language. For the first time since knowing her, Dael can see that Sparrow has picked up the clicking language of the red people. She becomes even more social after bearing Dael a son named Xiti. The red people's shaman is a very stern, large man who isn't impressed with Dael and the mystical powers he possesses. Shnur tries multiple times to rid his people of Dael, but his people begin to give Dael more allegiance. It's not until a prank and a healing take place that things change for the worse. After some reuniting among friends takes place, Dael and Sparrow are finally able to heal more hurts and move on with life amongst the people they have loved for so long. I want to thank Bonnie of Earthshaker Books for offering this book to me to read. I have read all three books in this series now and highly recommend them to readers of all ages! Read my review of Zan-Gah A Prehistoric Adventure hereRead my review of Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country hereI was SUPER DUPER EXCITED to read the last line in the book. I won't tell you what it is but it means that I might get to learn more about my favorite character (who happens to be a very minor character)!! Thank you Allan Richard Shickman for writing such fascinating novels!

  • Heather
    2019-07-02 05:18

    Dael and the Painted People is the third novel in the Zan Gah series and the best yet in my opinion. This one read like a novel for middle graders set in prehistoric times. I don't know how historically accurate it was but it was a great novel.Dael has had a hard life and parted ways with his people the Ba-Coro. His only companion is Sparrow, a mute girl that fell in love with a boy who couldn't love her. She doesn't have any idea why she's going with Dael, but she is. Different points of view are read throughout the story, but we get a really good look into the mind of Dael who left so crazy with anger and, well, kinda crazy. And into the mind of Sparrow. It is wonderful to see Sparrow assert herself and grow into a chatty, friendly girl when they join the Painted People who have a language that uses clicks and guttural sounds instead of words. It's the first time Sparrow can communicate and she is a totally different person. She lives up to her name and makes the first friends she's ever had and builds her confidence. Dael is amazed by her and has to learn from her. But he's also comforted by her and they grow into a comfortable existence with the Painted People.Dael is still haunted by victims of his past and the tortures he endured. And he has been getting a reputation as a medicine man because of his knowledge of healing herbs and his ability to be in touch with the spirit world. He incurs the jealousy of the local Shaman who tries everything to discredit Dael, who is so ignorant of the man's jealousy he doesn't watch out for himself.Throughout the novel, life is portrayed much as we've all been taught our prehistoric ancestors lived. I think this is a great novel for anyone that has an interest in reading a novel set in this time period. The action in the story is compelling enough to move the story forward, maybe slower than other books, but it kind of mirrors the lifestyle of the Painted People. I found this to be my favorite of Dr. Shickman's books so far and read it quickly in an afternoon. With his descriptions and having read the previous two books, I expected to look up and find myself in the Painted land. I highly recommend this one!Thanks to Dr. Shickman and to Earthshaker Books for the ARC of Dael and the Painted People. This in no way influenced my review of the book.

  • Cait
    2019-07-16 12:05

    DAEL AND THE PAINTED PEOPLE is the third book in the ZAN-GAH series, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first two.The first two books are told from Zan’s point of view but this third book is all about Dael, Zan’s brother. In the beginning of the series Dael is a troubled and often times very violent character, but he slowly changes and kind of calms near the end of book two. In this story, Dael has left the Beautiful Country and his tribe the Ba-Coro along with Sparrow, a mute girl from his tribe. As they venture farther away from home, they eventually come to the land of a peaceful tribe who paints themselves all in red as a symbol of their connection with the earth. Dael and Sparrow make a home with this tribe, and with each other.Sparrow, the tribe and Dael’s visions slowly help in changing Dael’s personality towards calm and peace. I enjoyed the way that this change was brought about – it doesn’t come all at once, but slowly over the course of the story. It’s easy to see the factors and people that help Dael to look inside and discover who he is, and who he wants to be. Allan Richard Shickman’s writing style is as beautiful as I remember from the first two books, and his writing sucks you into the story (it’s very lyrical). The story, like the first two, is still just a collection of glimpses into Dael’s life with the Children of the Earth over numerous years. While the format works, I sometimes would have liked a bit more information or to see what was happening in between the chapters. The adventure and conflict drives the story along at a good pace and I was so happy to see enough reference back to the previous books that I did not feel the need to re-read them. The bits of information that are placed throughout the book allowed me to easily remember what events and people they were referring to, without feeling like I was getting an info dump along the lines of “previously, in Dael’s life…” All in all, DAEL AND THE PAINTED PEOPLE is a wonderful addition to the Zan-gah family.

  • Shannon McGee
    2019-07-01 12:06

    Thoroughly enjoyable and powerful writing, this third installment of the series has a different voice than the first two. Here we have the original character, Zan-Gah’s twin brother Dael. Dael is now a young man with a past that haunts him. This book takes place directly after the second book where Dael and ,a young girl, Sparrow try to find meaning to their life after outcasting themselves from their original clans.I read this quickly and really did enjoy this series but one part about the book bothered me . It has stuck with me after reading the book and this thing kinda rubbed me the wrong way which was at one point the book breaks the 4th wall. I felt Mr. Shickman had a powerful reason for doing so but when it happens I just felt like the reader was getting yelled at. It didn’t stop me from liking the book but I think it took me away from the healing message that Dael life was going through and as I think of the book now my mind keeps going to that 4th wall break. Although I took one star off from 5 I still love this series and think that in general it should be promoted more because I have never seen or read anything else like it.

  • Daisy
    2019-07-06 10:05

    I liked this book better than I did the second one in the series, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. In that one, Dael annoyed me and was being all creepy and violent. In this one, he is still a bit creepy, but he's a more developed character and is learning to deal with his rage and with what happened to him in the past. The one thing that has bothered me in this series as a whole: there is virtually no dialogue. Everything is related, but there's no dialogue. And there's a whole lot of telling instead of showing going on. But anyway, I really enjoyed the different cultures Shickman presents in his novels. In every one we meet a new tribe/group of people and they all have their own quirks, it's really nice! The painted people were so interesting! And I loved how Sparrow came into her own finally.I wasn't completely sold on Dael's miracles and powers. To me, his episodes of 'fainting' sounded more like epilepsy, with the flashes he sometimes saw before they happened and such. But well, the miracles show the power of mind over matter!All in all, this was an enjoyable, quick read with a lot of cultural diversity!My rating: 3 stars

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-21 03:58

    In Shickman’s third installment of the Zan-Gah series, we follow Dael, a man intensely haunted by nightmares of a wasp woman he killed. The memories have consumed his life, leading him on a journey away from his family and Ba-Coro tribe. Sparrow, a broken-hearted mute girl, goes with Dael.Shickman once again tells a powerful story of life and love. Dael’s story was one that I wanted to know more about in the previous installments and Shickman definitely made it worth waiting for. Sparrow was a refreshing addition to Dael’s life and I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship that grew between them. Their experiences with the Painted People were quite fascinating. Sparrow’s transformation while living with them was my favorite part. Watching her character grow and learn to communicate was dramatic and exciting.Overall, Shickman has continued to astonish me in as few as 155 pages. This is a fast-paced and exciting read that’s sure to entertain. The Zan-Gah series is a fabulously constructed tale, with vivid characters and a world you’ll be excited to journey through.

  • Nina
    2019-06-20 08:22

    This third book is such a great addition to this series, it’s really wonderful. It’s not about Zan anymore, it’s the story of Dael and Sparrow. Throughout the book you see that Dael is changing from this aggressive young men into a calm, responsible men. I really enjoyed reading about his process. I also really liked Sparrow, she was very strong and smart. The other new characters were fantastic too, they really helped Dael with dealing with his past. I really like this series and every history teacher should get it for their classroom.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-23 09:04

    I don't know why, but I liked this book significantly less than its predecessors. The story was almost completely unbelievable to me and felt very much like a way to take a story and make it pretty. It's a story about prehistoric living. It's NOT pretty. I also felt too much like so many of the characters were modern personalities implanted into an ancient setting. I felt that a little bit in the previous books, but it was pretty strong here. It's not a horrible book, but it's not awesome either.

  • Dan
    2019-07-20 09:09

    This book is the third in the series of prehistoric novels and begins with where the previous one ends. Dael leaves his tribe to find the tribe of the Painted People. He takes along Sparrow, his companion who is mute. Together they find and live with the new tribeWith all three books, Shickman has created a believable world with real characters that can be enjoyed by not just the young but by the whole family.

  • Liz
    2019-07-16 09:57

    The Zan-Gah series is definitely one that has grown on me as I have read more about it. This book is a self discovery and coming of age story, which is where Shickman clearly excels. In terms of writing and plot, Dael and the Painted People was my favorite and showed how much Allan Richard Shickman has grown as a writerRead my full review here:

  • Naberius
    2019-07-11 10:14

    An engaging story, like the two books before, this book continues where the last one left off. Interesting characters, and realistic details make this an enjoyable series to read.Full review on my blog: