The odyssey of the stone-age People of the Little Hills, led by Bawr, their chief, and his explorer/inventor lieutenant, Grôm, and his brave and beautiful mate, A-ya. Grôm's discovery of volcanic fire leads them to a safer home, temporarily out of reach of the the terrible Bow-leg hordes, where they become The Children of the Shining One. But finally the Bow-legs come, and a fierce war results in the defeat of the Bow-legs, but also A-ya's capture. Aya is rescued, and lives to invent the bow, but the journey of the clan is far from over, and the dangers they must still face are many and great...
e the diminished plates came to an end at the middle of the tail, their place was taken by eight immense, needle-pointed spines, set in pairs, of which the chief pair had a length of over two feet. The monster's hide was set thick with scales and knobs of horn, brilliantly colored in black, yellow, and green, that his grotesque bulk might be less noticeable to his foes among the sharp shadows and patchy lights of the fern jungles where he fed.
The sluggish giant moved nervously, glancing backwards as he came, and seemed intent upon reaching the water. In a few moments his anxiety was explained. Leaping in splendid bounds along his broad trail came two of those same ferocious flesh-eaters whom the great watcher among the reeds so disliked. They ranged up one on each side of the stegosaur, who had halted at their approach, stiffened himself, and drawn his head so far back into the loose skin of his neck that only the sharp, chopping beak projected from under the first armor-plate. One of the pair threate
This had all the makings of a 1-star review: non-sci-fi story, based in caveman days, ancient descriptive writing style. But, the author manages to pull off a writing miracle, and I'm still not sure how it was done. After skipping most of the first few pages - which are horribly boring - I got into the story and found that I couldn't put it down. I don't know what it is about this tale, but it maintains reader interest up until near the end.
Unfortunately, what almost turned out to be a 4-star rating, sizzled in the last few pages and went kaput at the non-ending. This story is worth the time to get through, but be prepared for a wheezy letdown when it's done.
It's also quite far-fetched that a single caveman would invent fire, the bow and arrow, and several other "modern" devices. If you can get over that improbability, the rest of the reading is fairly palatable.
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