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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library Ed edition (23 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400137845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400137848
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm

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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Characters 19 Feb. 2009
By carrollk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a Turtledove fanatic for years and thrive on his alternate (whys isn't it alternative?) history stories. This book and its predecessor, "Beyond the Gap," are more fantasy than alternate history, but great reading. What makes them so good is more due to the great characters; Hamnet, Ulric, and Gudina(sp?); but the stories are good. I am awaiting the sequel.
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A Stronger Magic 3 July 2009
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Breath of God (2008) is the second prehistoric fantasy novel in The Opening of the World series, following Beyond the Gap. In the previous volume, the Emperor -- Sigvat II -- refused to believe Hamnet's report on the Rulers. Hamnet ignored orders from the Emperor and returned to the Three Tusk Clan range.

On the way North, his group were attacked several times by the Ruler shamans. Then they found that the Rulers have invaded the Clan range. The Bizogots raided the invaders and captured some prisoners, but were still pushed off their land.

In this novel, Count Hamnet Thyssen is a Raumsdalian nobleman. He has riden beyond the Gap with Bizogot clansfolk to search for the Golden Shrine, but instead found the Rulers, nomadic people who herd people as well as animals. Now he is trying to unite the Bizogot clans to fight against a Rulers invasion.

Ulric Skakki is an adventurer. He had been through the Gap and seen the Rulers before any other Raumsdalian. Then he went back with Hamnet's expedition. He seems to know almost everything about the Bizogot plains.

Audun Gilli is a Raumsdalian wizard. He has been exchanging magical expertise with Liv.

Trasamund is the jarl of the Three Tusk Clan, or what remains of it. He is an inveterate optimist about fighting the Rulers. His clan has hurt the enemy, but sustained great casualties in doing so.

Liv is the shaman of the Three Tusk Clan. She is barely able to counter the magic of the Ruler shamans, but she is always willing to try again. She is Hamnet's lover.

In this story, Hamnet, his friends and the surviving Three Tusk clansfolk flee from the invading Rulers. Hamnet intends to return to the Raumsdalian Empire to warn them again about the Ruler invasion, but their pursuers catch up with them and cut off the way south. So Hamnet leads the group up an avalanche spill onto the glacier.

The glacier is inhabited with people much like the Bizogots, but they speak an older form of the language. Ulric recognizes their language and is able to speak some phrases. Still, the men take the party captive and lead them across the ice.

When another larger group approaches, Hamnet has Ulric tell their captors that they will fight with them if their weapons are returned. Their leader agrees and Trasamund leads the charge. The other group has a shaman, but Liv and Audun are able to counter his spells. Hamnet kills the enemy shaman and Trasamund enjoys a few moments of brisk exercise, killing off his enemies.

After the other group is defeated, the first group starts gathering loot. The leader offers Hamnet the better parts of the shaman's body. The glacier dwellers are cannibals! Naturally, Hamnet politely refuses the offer.

Their new friends lead them across the glacier to a place where green plants are growing. There they meet Marcovefa, the shaman of this tribe. Liv and Audun start exchanging magic spells with the shaman. Ulric becomes their interpreter, much to his despair.

This tale gives Hamnet another chance to fight the Rulers. He starts out fine, but the chances of war go against him again. He begins to consider other tactics.

This story is the second volume in the series. The sequel is The Golden Shrine. Read and enjoy!

Recommended for Turtledove fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of ice age adventures, political intrigue, and sexual relationships.

-Arthur W. Jordin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fewer bad habits 23 Sept. 2009
By Gendotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thanks to Harry for not reminding us every thousand words what he says on page 1.

The Breath of God is a wind that flows from the great glacier that - up to now, divided the world. Now there is a crack, and the protagonists are going exploring to see what's there. Turtledove as usual paints a great picture of what might have been, and this one is very plausible. The book is good enough that I immediately bought and read the second book in the series. Now, please hurry up with book three.
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good ole 'arry 11 Sept. 2009
By J. M. Porter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Turtledove does it again; he earns his money. This is a great book, but too short. Question: how does he write so many books a year? Does he use helpers?
Read this book, but be prepared to wait for the ending.
Even in fantasy, you can't escape global warming 6 May 2013
By Clay Kallam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There's plenty of skilled writing in "The Breath of God" (Tor, $24.95, 335 pages), which is true of all of Harry Turtledove's books. That said, Turtledove is not a "great" author, and you won't get long descriptions of tea coming to a boil, or paragraph-long sentences that precisely describe the mental state of a somewhat neurotic young woman who's in anguish about a) a confused love affair with an artist with suicidal tendencies, b) her relationship with her mother who's dying of some dread disease, c) the sexual abuse she suffered as a child - or, of course, all of the above.

"The Breath of God," though, is volume two (of who knows how many; "Beyond the Gap" was the first) about a pre-industrial world in the grip of global warming that has melted a glacier. That has allowed a somewhat more advanced culture to invade the less-advanced one, and Count Hamnet Thyssen is on the front lines for the underdogs. He's a tough warrior, older than most protagonists, with some relationship issues you wouldn't expect in this kind of book. Still, Turtledove's professionalism drives the narrative right along - and leaves the reader ready for volume three.
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