I’m so excited to share the news about e-friend Jacqui Murray’s second book in the Crossroads Trilogy. You can read about book 1 here.
Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor.
“Bravo Jacqui! A fine read and meticulous research.” — Sue Harrison, author of the acclaimed Ivory Carver Trilogy,
Xhosa flees what she had hoped would be her new home after being attacked by invaders from the North. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands of what we now call Europe. As she struggles to overcome strangers around her and disruptions within her People, Xhosa faces the reality that her most dangerous enemy may not be the one she expected. It may be one she has trusted with her life.
The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate any who came before.
Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man spreads across Eurasia. Xhosa must regularly does the impossible which is good because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.
This picks up where the last one left off. Xhosa and her people are still searching for the right place to call home, surviving as best they can what their environment throws at them, and dealing with loss as it comes. At least Xhosa has her tight-knit group – and her wolf! – to depend on. Even when betrayal comes from someone close to her…
“Pain came first, pulsing through her body like cactus spines.” Such great imagery in this book!
The world-building is superb, the character growth believable and the details of how they lived enriches the story. So much research must have gone into this series! Pre-historic fiction has found its place on my shelf thanks to this author.
A must-read if you like adventure, survival and strong female characters.
*I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Shelves: Speculative Fiction, Historical Setting
What do you think of this book? I’ve re-discovered my love of pre-historic fiction thanks to Jacqui.