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Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite
Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch is the last volume in the Promised Valley series. In this novel, the characters have moved from rebellion, through war and conspiracy, and are now in a quest to end hostilities between prehistoric neighbors and establish a lasting peace. In the first three novels of the series, a huge number of characters come in and out of the story and the intrigues of these characters leads to this fourth novel. In this novel, the characters are beginning to question their gods as the hunters from the hills and the farmer/gatherers from the valley discover how to work together. As the horse is domesticated and used in warfare, the prehistoric characters discover that there are things in both communities that are important.
I started Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch without having read the first three novels in the series. Although this book can stand on its own, I found myself referring to the list of characters often enough that I finally put the book down and read the first three volumes in the series. It turns out that this made the fourth novel MUCH easier to understand! I would highly recommend that you start with the first book of the series and read through to this one. The blurring of gender lines in the series may be disconcerting to some, but this aspect of the story was handled well and was an integral part of the story line without being offensive. Well-written and imaginative, I would highly recommend Promised Valley Peace by Ron Fritsch.