Beyond the Gap: A Novel of the Opening of the World

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Macmillan, Feb 20, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages

Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters' camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, it's the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Now Nidaros is an old and many-spired city; and though they still feel the breath of the great Glacier in every winter's winds, the ice cap itself has retreated beyond the horizon.

Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they'd always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice. The great Glacier does not go on forever--and on its other side are new lands, new animals, and possibly new people.

Ancient legend says that on the other side is the Golden Shrine, put there by the gods to guard the people of their world. Now, perhaps, the road to the legendary Golden Shrine is open. Who could resist the urge to go see?

For Count Hamnet and his several companions, the glacier has always been the boundary of the world. Now they'll be travelling beyond it into a world that's bigger than anyone knew. Adventures will surely be Harry Turtledove's Beyond the Gap.

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User Review  - markknapp - LibraryThing

One I hadn't heard of before, or had skipped over. But another great Turtledove book. Alternate history, but you could imagine it fitting into our timeline. Interesting characters, great descriptions of the environment, surprising storylines. Read full review

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User Review  - aalyssa0714 - LibraryThing

3.5-3.75 // This read very much like a first book in a series. Nothing much happened and the looming sense of foreboding went on and on. This is not a fun and exciting read (for me, that is), but ... Read full review


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Harry Turtledove is the Hugo-winning author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. His alternate-history novels include the bestselling The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, the Worldwar series, and Ruled Britannia. He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles.

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