Dael and the Painted People (Zan-Gah, #3)
By Allan Richard Shickman
Publisher: Earthshaker Books, 2011
155 pages, paperback
Date Finished: 6/11/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Some Adventure
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.~First Line: "To dream of a head dripping with blood and look into its glazed and lifeless eyes might, even in sleep, leavae the dreamer changed and chastened."
~Last Line: "Her name was Siraka-Finaka."
Review: The third installment in the Zan-Gah series was told in Dael's perspective instead of Zan's. In ways I liked it even better. Most likely because we got to see Dael go through mental change.
Dael and Sparrow run away from the BaCoro and end up living in the red-painted people's tribe. They have a child, get married, the whole nine yards. I'll stop there; I don't want to give the book away :).
One of the main parts of the entire book, I think, is the fact that Dael's mental health takes a turn for the better, the much better. He goes from a wild, insane, war-centered beast to a man that loves his family, will do anything to protect them, and actually tries to talk things out instead of just killing people. Quite an improvement, don'tcha think?
The characters were all really good. Dael meets one of the painted people, Koli, who was without a doubt one of my favorites. He's always in good spirits and helps anyone he can without hesitation. When they first meet, Dael is still a war-beast, but his terrible attitude doesn't turn Koli away. If anything, it just makes Koli like him even more.
The plot was superb. It switches between Dael's perspective and Rydl's. Rydl has become . . . well, I'll let you read about that :D.
Overall, though, this book was really great! If you haven't started this series yet, and you're in to Historical Fiction books, I think you might like this one!
Plot Rating: 5
Character Rating: 5
Cover Rating: 4.5
GoodReads Rating: 4
and five-eighths :)