Stunningly visual, extraordinarily detailed, powerfully dramatic, here is the first volume of a remarkable new series The First Americans When humans first walked the world, when nature ruled the earth and sky, a proud tribe is threatened by a series of natural disasters A bold young hunter named Torka, who lost his wife and child to a killer mammoth, leads the survivors over the glacial tundra on a desperate eastward odyssey to the save their clan Through attacks of savage animals and encounters with strangers not unlike themselves, they must brave the hardships of a foreign landscape and learn to live in an exotic new world of mystery and danger Toward the land where the sun rises they must travel Beyond The Sea Of Ice, toward a new day for their clan and an awesome future for the American Excellent book I couldn t put it down This is the first in an older series written by Sarabande It s about the few survivors of a mammoth attack on their village and their fight for survival as they head east looking for food And toward the Corridor of Storms, known to us as the land bridge between Asia and America.Sarabande writes a very engaging story, filled with detail about the time period Her main characters, Torka, Lonit, Karana and Umak are people that we can love and sympathize wit Excellent book I couldn t put it down This is the first in an older series written by Sarabande It s about the few survivors of a mammoth attack on their village and their fight for survival as they head east looking for food And toward the Corridor of Storms, known to us as the land bridge between Asia and America.Sarabande writes a very engaging story, filled with detail about the time period Her main characters, Torka, Lonit, Karana and Umak are people that we can love and sympathize with None are perfect but they are all good people Of course they meet some terrible people and I found myself reading as fast as I could to make sure that the little band was safe.I would recommend this book for those who are fans of Kathleen O Neal and Michael Gear and Jean Auel Also those who love books on prehistory and the settling of America If you haven t read Jane Auel s Earth Children series then the First Americans will probably be a good read However, if you have read the Clan of the Cave Bear books, then you will be disappointed by these They just don t measure up to Auel s story, detail, research, etc. Beyond the Sea of Ice is the first book in a prehistoric series by William Sarabande As the first book, it is of course where you should start reading, as it introduces all of the characters.Lonit, Torka, and Torka s old father Umak, who is 45 and considered old by the prehistoric standards are the only survivors of a tribe who encountered an enraged mammoth Together, they have to survive and seek out a new place to live if they wish to get back on their feet again But they have a hard road Beyond the Sea of Ice is the first book in a prehistoric series by William Sarabande As the first book, it is of course where you should start reading, as it introduces all of the characters.Lonit, Torka, and Torka s old father Umak, who is 45 and considered old by the prehistoric standards are the only survivors of a tribe who encountered an enraged mammoth Together, they have to survive and seek out a new place to live if they wish to get back on their feet again But they have a hard road ahead with dangerous people and animals everywhere Not to mention Torka is grieving his wife and children and looks at Lonit with revulsion now But Lonit is used to that, because of her strange eyes she s always been considered ugly, she just hopes to be useful so she can continue to travel with the two, as it is her only hope for survival.I like Lonit She s a bit moony over Torka and he can be a jerk sometimes, but her heart s in the right place and she s a hard worker It s hard to realize that in this book she is only in her early teens as she seems so much older Especially in the second half And she goes through quite a bit that no young child should have to go through Torka is a strong, steady, mostly decent man who has a few flaws But he s loyal to a fault and that speaks in his favor And Umak, well he s got a bit of an ego and can be superficial, but deep down he too has a good heart Karana, a little boy they meet in their travels, is probably the most interesting character though because of his backstory and abilities with nature.This book kind of puts a spin on the prehistoric genre because it deals with a lot of death of tribes instead of having them advancing and discovering things Sure there are a few inventions thrown into the mix to make life better, but largely, this book is just about survival And because of the topic of survival, there is a lot of death and violence in this book And also rape, sex, and other things that tend to bother people when they re reading So if you can t handle that stuff, stay clear of this book Really, my only complaint about the book would be the romance between Lonit and Torka They start out at very opposing odds and then out of nowhere it changes I kept going back to see if I accidentally missed a few pages I didn t but I just couldn t see the chemistry there.A good series and I m eager to get a start on the next book This is definitely one that fans of the Gears or Jean Auel would probably enjoy.Beyond the Sea of IceCopyright 1987370 pagesReview by M Reynard 2013More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com I picked up this book because I read somewhere that it was along the same lines of the Clan of the Cave Bear books and I can see why someone would say that but there is no way they can be compared as far of their readability Both series are written about people living thousands of years ago and struggling to survive but Beyond the Sea of Ice just didn t capture my imagination the way the Clan of the Cave Bear did so I doubt I ll read anyin the series maybe if I could get them at the I picked up this book because I read somewhere that it was along the same lines of the Clan of the Cave Bear books and I can see why someone would say that but there is no way they can be compared as far of their readability Both series are written about people living thousands of years ago and struggling to survive but Beyond the Sea of Ice just didn t capture my imagination the way the Clan of the Cave Bear did so I doubt I ll read anyin the series maybe if I could get them at the library I would but I won t be paying to readof them I was shocked by the cruelness in the book and I am sure life was cruel during this time but still it was hard to read about the elders being pushed out into the cold to die and babies being eaten so people had food all winter long that is just not something that appeals to me