Monday, July 1, 2013

Adin by David Uerkvitz


On the steppes of Central Asia in the fourth millennium B.C., the Ur are the most powerful of the Kurgan clans. This has been so since Adin’s grandfather, Ja, became the first man in history to tame and ride a horse. But Ja has died, and a raid on his burial mound by Scythians has led to a blood feud between Dahig, the scion of their ruling clan, and Adin, the young, soon-to-be-leader of the Ur. But Adin’s wife, Fi’Me, is practicing the dark arts and Adin, leery of her sorcery, takes their son and his childhood sweetheart and embarks on a journey of discovery to find the place that is calling him from the ground.

Traveling from one Kurgan tribe to the next, Adin spreads the skill of horse riding and the deep and rich history of their tribe. But Dahig is never far behind, and as Adin searches for the place of his destiny, he also knows that the Scythians will stop at nothing to satisfy their lust for vengeance. Intent on building a new city, Adin must prepare his followers for the ultimate battle, an epic struggle where there will only be life…or death….

Adin is the story of a Kurgan lord struggling to lead his own life. The setting is well-realized and in that sense, reminiscent of Edward Rutherfurd’s “Sarum.”  Mr. Uerkvitz’s simple language and grounding  in the Kurgan culture made the book a quick, enjoyable read despite the large page count.