Prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.
When the farmers’ king refuses to allow the marriage of the coming-of-age prince to the daughter of the farmer who saved the king’s life in the last war with the hunters, her brother decides he has to help his sister and the prince, his boyhood friend, correct the flagrant injustice.
That decision leads them and their youthful allies into a rebellion against the king and his officials, who rule the kingdom from their bluff-top town. The far more numerous farmers in the villages below, who despise the officials but not the king, and who admire the prince, are in a position to determine whether the rebels will succeed or face execution for treason.
Promised Valley Rebellion is the first of four Promised Valley novels, a what-might’ve-happened tetralogy asking whether civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, could’ve begun differently.
The individuals who live, struggle, revel, die, and survive in the novels find themselves confronting fundamental questions.
How factual are the stories their ancestors handed down to them?
Despite those stories, are they and their enemies equally human and deserving to be treated as such?
Are their gods—who appear to be the same deities for the farmers as well as the hunters, despite their exhortations to both of their supposedly favored peoples to kill the other—truly benevolent gods?
Or do their gods, outside of those ancestral stories that might not be true, simply not exist. (Taken from Goodreads)
For me the novel started off a bit slow and I struggled to connect with any of the characters. However I kept on reading and I am glad I did as once I read the first couple of chapters I really began to enjoy this novel.
At times throughout the novel I found myslef unable to connect with the characters and this is something that is important to me. However I should mention that there were some characters I could connect with and this is what made the novel really enjoyable.
I will be looking out for the next book in the series as I really enjoyed this book once I got over the initial hurdles.
A copy of this book was recieved for free and all thoughts are my own through reading this book.