Opening of the World

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3.5 out of 5 stars 189 ratings

Beyond the Gap Publisher's Summary

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, its 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 traveling beyond it into a world that's bigger than anyone knew. Adventures will surely be had.

©2007 Harry Turtledove (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Beyond the Gap

    • A Novel of the Opening of the World
    • By: Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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, its the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Juvenile

    • By Richard on 07-02-07

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • The Breath of God

    • A Novel of the Opening of the World
    • By: Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it has broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund (politely addressed as "Your Ferocity"), and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I found this book dry and tedious. .

    • By Graham Rider on 03-03-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • The Golden Shrine

    • A Tale of War at the Dawn of Time
    • By: Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The glaciers came and covered the world with ice. Now they are in retreat. North of the city of Nidaros, north of the forest, north of the steppes where the nomadic Bizogots hunt, a gap has opened in the ice-wall. And down through that gap come the men who call themselves "Rulers." Their terrifying cavalry rides wooly mammoths. Their bows can shoot arrows farther than those of the southerners.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Charles E. on 03-31-12

    Regular price: $26.59