Stone spring

Stephen Baxter

Book - 2011

Thousands of years in the distant past, when the British Isles are linked to Europe by a vast plain called Northland, a member of a tribe of simple hunter-gatherers meets a traveler from a distant walled city called Jericho.

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Series
Northland trilogy ; bk. 1
Subjects
Published
New York : Roc c2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
499 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780451464187
0451464184
Main Author
Stephen Baxter (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

During the Mesolithic era (10,000 B.C.E. to 4000 B.C.E.), a vast plain connected the British Isles to the European continent until melting ice flooded this land mass. Baxter's (Flood; Ark) latest novel reimagines what life might have been like for the hunter-gatherers confronted with a changing landscape. Ana, a girl from the Northland settlement of Etxelur, meets a wanderer named Novu from the distant walled city of Jericho. The visionary Ana recognizes that a wall to keep out the rising seas could save her village and allow it to prosper. Thus begins a massive building project that requires a lifelong commitment from the villagers, most of whom will not live to see its completion. VERDICT Baxter proves to be not only a gifted storyteller but also a master of speculative fiction, bringing together ancient civilization with present ecological uncertainties to tell an epic tale not unlike Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. His series debut should appeal to fans of Jean Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear. [Page 55]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Baxter launches the Northland trilogy with this solid alternate history that stands nicely alone. In Northland, the stretch of land that is now the North Sea, adolescent Ana celebrates her "blood tide" in the matriarchal village of Etxelur while worrying about her missing father and her older sister, Zesi, who seems less interested in her savage Pretani betrothed than in his younger brother. After a tsunami kills most of the villagers, Ana is inspired by Novu, an ex-slave from Jericho, to attempt to build a wall that will hold back the sea and prevent her land from sinking. Typical Baxter touches include a large but not unwieldy cast of characters and a sudden shift forward in time, but the well-researched setting (complete with endnotes) and occasionally over-the-top interpersonal and intertribal drama keep things fresh. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this new alternate history novel from the best-selling author of Flood a member of a tribe of simple hunter-gatherers in the British Isles meets a traveler from a distant walled city called Jericho and the unimaginable becomes possible. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ten thousand years ago, a vast, fertile plain linked the British Isles to Europe. Home to a tribe of simple hunter-gatherers, Northland teems with nature's bounty, but is also subject to its whims. Fourteen-year-old Ana calls Northland home, but her world is changing. The air is warming, the ice is melting, and the seas are rising. One day Ana meets a traveler from a far-distant city called Jericho- a town that is protected by a wall. And she starts to imagine the impossible... So begins a colossal engineering project that will take decades: the building of a wall that stretches for hundreds of miles- a wall that becomes an act of defiance against the implacable forces of nature, and an act of devotion as the bones of the dead are added to it. A wall that will change the geography of the world. And its history.--From front jacket flap.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Thousands of years in the distant past, when the British Isles are linked to Europe by a vast plain called Northland, a member of a tribe of simple hunter-gatherers meets a traveler from a distant walled city called Jericho.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Alternate history at its most mindblowing-from the national bestselling author of Flood and Ark. Ten thousand years ago, a vast and fertile plain exists linking the British Isles to Europe. Home to a tribe of simple hunter-gatherers, Northland teems with nature's bounty, but is also subject to its whims.Fourteen-year-old Ana calls Northland home, but her world is changing. The air is warming, the ice is melting, and the seas are rising. Then Ana meets a traveler from a far-distant city called Jericho-a city that is protected by a wall. And she starts to imagine the impossible...