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This review is from: The Golden Shrine (Tor Science Fiction) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the first book I have read by Harry Turtledove and it will probably be the last. The Golden Shrine is a lacklustre trudge through a bizarre "dawn of time". It is set in a time when the glaciers are melting and is peopled with very sophisticated Iron Age warriors who ride horses with saddles and fight other warriors riding Mammoths and reindeer. They talk of sailing ships and distinguish between boats and ships within the setting of an Empire. Now I know this is supposed to be fantasy but if you are going to bring all these disparate concept together then chooses something a bit more exotic than Earth's Ice Age.
The story itself (as far as I've got) consists of a lot of macho insults and banter between a bunch of two dimensional characters as they travel across country in pursuit of the bad guys (the Rulers on their Mammoths). I don't think I can finish this book.