Promised Valley Rebellion

Promised Valley Rebellion

by Ron Fritsch


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ISBN-13: 9780615464510
Publisher: Asymmetric Worlds
Publication date: 10/04/2010
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Ron Fritsch has published a four-book series of Promised Valley novels: Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, Promised Valley Conspiracy and Promised Valley Peace. The novels have won a number of awards and highly favorable reviews. The series is complete.

In the epic Promised Valley adventure, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior and obedience. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.

Both sides, though, value individuals who partner with persons of their own gender. Because they have no children to raise, they take leadership positions, especially in times of war.

The four Promised Valley novels ask whether civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, could've begun differently.

The individuals who live, struggle, revel, die and survive in the novels confront fundamental questions:

How factual are the stories their ancestors handed down to them?

Despite those stories, are they and their enemies equal human beings who deserve to be treated as such?

Are their gods-who appear to be the same deities for the farmers as well as the hunters, even as they exhort both of their supposedly favored peoples to kill the other-truly benevolent gods?

Or do their gods, outside of those ancestral stories that might not be true, simply not exist?

Fritsch grew up in rural northern Illinois. His father and mother were hard-working tenant farmers who loved to read. So did he and his siblings (one older sister, one older brother, one younger sister).

Fritsch obtained a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Illinois (major: history; minor: English literature) and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Fritsch lives in Chicago with his long-term partner, David Darling.

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Promised Valley Rebellion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
LeighKC More than 1 year ago
There's so much to enjoy and love about Promised Valley Rebellion. First, it is chock full of well-developed, unique characters, and in case you get lost with the number of players in this suspense-filled historical piece, the author has kindly included a Character List, which I read after I had finished the novel as a way to re-cap the story. I also really enjoyed the way Fritsch incorporated gay issues into prehistoric times - this has to be a first I'm sure, and created a fascinating juxtaposition as we tend to have a preconceived notion of prehistoric man. I'm interested to see what other current issues Fritsch might incorporate in the series. In summary, Fritsch has managed to merge historical fiction, suspense and gay issues in a character-filled novel set in prehistoric times. It's no wonder Promised Valley Rebellion has gold medals to show for his efforts. Do yourself a favor and read it for yourself.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Brandon Nolta, Pacific Book Review Perhaps even more notably, Fritsch also presents a society that views homosexuality as natural behavior and thus attaches no shame or stigma to it. Wisely, Fritsch makes no attempt to draw attention to this aspect beyond what is required by the story; he simply presents it as part of the overall narrative, allowing characters to interact in the story with their homosexuality being simply part of them instead of a defining characteristic. This works better with some characters than others – Blue Sky and his fellow guards Many Numbers and Spring Rain come off well, though Noon Breeze, another guard, veers close to cliché at times. Overall, however, Fritsch succeeds in making it a normal part of the novel’s world without forcing the point. By the novel’s end, the cumulative momentum of the narrative rolls into a conclusion that is genuinely moving, and doesn’t feel like a transparent hook leading to the next story. In spite of a few early stumbles, Promised Valley Rebellion emerges from its meticulous narrative as both a strong introduction to a world and a satisfyingly complete story by itself. For generations, the fertile valley lands have been possessed and worked by the valley people, favored by the gods and allowed to live amongst the bounty after their time in the wilderness. Unlike the hated hill people, always doomed to wander after game and wild fruit, the valley people can live lives of relative prosperity and peace, especially after the last bloody war. This is the world that Blue Sky, son of the valley king’s best friend and the protagonist of Ron Fritsch’s Promised Valley Rebellion, was born into, but despite its stability, Blue Sky’s journey threatens to upend everything he knows. Unable to be with the man he truly loves, and unable to determine why the king and queen and his own parents refuse to let his sister marry the prince, Blue Sky pursues a path of independence and investigation that puts him into direct conflict with the kingdom, and perhaps even the gods that granted his people the valley…or so his people thought. With this first novel in a projected four-book series, Fritsch does an admirable job of setting up the overarching framework and building a world without neglecting the basic story. Despite the sometimes tortuous lengths he goes to in order to describe terms and concepts without seeming anachronistic, the storyline stays clear throughout, and placing the characters is never difficult. Although the early introductions of all the characters goes on too long, and at times feels like an info dump, the story picks up pace and clicks along efficiently once the stage has been set and the main characters identified. Some characters are shortchanged by the narrative – although there aren’t any outright evil characters, the antagonists are given only the briefest of description and might as well be named “Bad Guys” – but over the course of the novel, most of the characters come off in a positive light. Even horrific acts are presented in context, and the characters are shown attempting to understand that context and come to a balanced view.
melanie_walsh on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Ron Fritsch's Promised Valley Rebellion takes readers into a prehistoric world and a clash between the valley people/farmers and their more primitive opponents, the hill people. There are many themes running through PVR including: epic battles, forbidden love, war, reluctance to advance and adopt change, and the coming of age. You'll think of Jean Auel's Earth's Children when you read PVR, as this prehistoric time comes alive with the character Fritsch created. Award-winning and deservedly so.
leighcunningham on LibraryThing 20 days ago
There's so much to enjoy and love about Promised Valley Rebellion. First, it is chock full of well-developed, unique characters, and in case you get lost with the number of players in this suspense-filled historical piece, the author has kindly included a Character List, which I read after I had finished the novel as a way to re-cap the story.I also really enjoyed the way Fritsch incorporated gay issues into prehistoric times - this has to be a first I'm sure, and created a fascinating juxtaposition as we tend to have a preconceived notion of prehistoric man. I'm interested to see what other current issues Fritsch might incorporate in the series. In summary, Fritsch has managed to merge historical fiction, suspense and gay issues in a character-filled novel set in prehistoric times. It's no wonder Promised Valley Rebellion has gold medals to show for his efforts.Do yourself a favor and read it for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried a couple times, but this writing style just didnt cut it for me. Was akin to primary readers in grade school that i remember. Glad it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to connect with the characters.
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Laura_Eno More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion is a rich tapestry of prehistoric life, examining the questions and conflicts humans still struggle with today. Ron Fritsch weaves a tale of intelligent people in a structured society, farmers trying to preserve their way of life in the valley while guarding against incursions from hunters in the hills. Questions arise as to their way of life, casting doubt on the history the shamans have preserved. The story has some surprising twists and turns, with sympathetic characters and a courageous younger generation caught between seeking the truth and honoring their elders. This was an impressive read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and continuing the journey that Ron has laid out.
LinkiesContestLinkies More than 1 year ago
The setting for the novel is what captivated me and held me in my place for hours. The setting is in a fertile prehistoric river valley inhabited by farmers who believe the land was given to them from their gods, in return they offered obedience and good behaviour. Their Enemies were hunters who roamed the hills and territories beyond the mountains. They too believe that this beautiful fertile land was theirs given to them from their gods, their in lies the title of this book Promised Valley. Its a passionate struggle between opposing forces filled with love, rebellion, honour and pain. The book takes us way back to a time in life when boundaries and borders had yet to be defined. As I am reading this book it kind of reminds me of some of the similarities of the life we still live today. We are still passionately fighting over land, oil, people, love, rights, money and the list goes on. This for me is what I find incredible and compelling. The forces that were shaping our boundaries and destinations in prehistoric times have yet to be settled today. In part 1 of this series the story without giving you too much information is about the farmers king refusing to allow his up and coming prince to marry the daughter of the the farmer who had saved his life in the last war with the hunters. We see power struggles from here with the farmers, the hunters and the kings men. We also get to follow a young farmer who crosses over the border and falls in love with a hunter. He becomes enlightened and refuses to kill, puts down his arrow and follows his adversary instead, committing treason. The peoples of this time and age have no problems with men who go with men and women who fall in love with women its that these 2 are mortal enemies... to be continued when you read your own copy of this book. My only suggestion about the book is to pay special attention to the characters and learn them as much as you can so you can keep track. It does fall in place as you go but there's quite a few characters you need to know and the names can confuse you if you don't. I find it absolutely incredible the way life is today compared to life back then. Yes of course we live in a different time with our houses, money and difficulties but yet we are still fighting the same issues. I am not going to give you much more information as I will give you too much and really want you to get your own hands on a copy of this wonderful book. I am on my second read of the book again as I enjoyed it that much. If your like me you get even more out of a book the second time through. MUST MUST read
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion is a powerful tale that leaves the reader wanting more. It has a little bit of everything, romance, rebellion, turmoil and more. I was immediately drawn in by not only the book, but into the characters lives as well. The emotional tugging that goes along with Promised Valley Rebellion is unrelenting. I'm so glad that I already had a copy of the second book in this series, Promised Valley War. I definitely recommend reading this book and giving yourself ample time to devour it. It's pretty fast-paced, so it shouldn't take long to read it from cover-to-cover.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In a time long before our own, two very different societies of people uneasily cohabit a mountainous land. In the lowlands, the people live an agricultural lifestyle in the fertile valley that their legends say was awarded to them by the gods. The people of the hills live as hunter-gatherers, foraging what resources they can from the harsh terrain. In both societies, the punishment for crossing the boundaries that separate them is a traitor’s death. Morning Sun, prince of the valley people, is coming of age with his lifelong friends, Blue Sky and Rose Leaf. As their minds and bodies mature, the innocent simplicity of their childhood relationships has blossomed into a complex emotional web, and they struggle to cope with new feelings and remain true to themselves and to each other. Morning Sun and Rose Leaf want to marry, but their parents inexplicably refuse to bless the union. Blue Sky is determined to find out why even as he and Morning Sun are separated from their families and each other and obliged to live in defensive encampments at the kingdom’s edge. Little does he realize that the truth will jeopardize his friends, his honor, and everything else he holds dear. The sociopolitical framework of author Ron Fritsch’s invented demi-utopia appears to be an idealized hybrid of nature-based indigenous societies and the strict hierarchy of the feudal system. In this fictional realm (which is never actually named in the book) the population is ruled by two branches of power: the deputies, whose responsibility it is to enforce the law; and the tellers, whose function is to serve as conduits of the gods’ knowledge, preserving oral traditions, settling disputes, and offering practical and spiritual guidance. Tellers are the only ones who can track the days and seasons and tell the farmers when to plant and harvest their crops; an absolutely fundamental contribution to the agricultural society in which they live. Also unique about the tellers is that they “go with” those of their own gender, unlike the townspeople who are mostly farmers and live solitary or heterosexual lifestyles. Although they live in a distant place and time, the people of the promised valley struggle with the same issues of peaceful coexistence that we face today. This book explores human differences in many forms - physical, psychological, and cultural - with keen insight and tasteful honesty. Fritsch develops his characters with sensitivity and depth, and their youthful optimism and enthusiasm ring so genuine that only the most cold-hearted reader could resist rooting for them. Shining through the simple but expressive prose is an underlying affection for the human condition: vulnerable, frequently confused, but always capable of great heroism and love. This is ambitious fiction, at once entertaining and bursting with thought-provoking allegory. Readers are sure to be enthralled by Fritsch’s elaborately conceived, carefully outlined society and the characters who inhabit it. Fortunately, there is a sequel! If you enjoyed learning about this book, stay tuned for our next review of the following book in the series, Promised Valley War. Quill says: Promised Valley Rebellion is more than just interesting fiction; it’s relevant social commentary with a comfortable cushion of historical context. An absorbing story that will leave the reader with plenty to think about.
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
This book is rich in characters that have depth and substance – so much so that in the beginning of the book I had a difficult time keeping up with them! But, this author has made it bit easier by including a list of the characters at the beginning of the book, along with a brief description of them. I really loved this! Not only did it help me keep up, but it helped provide a mental picture of what each of these characters look and act like. I wish other authors would take the time to do this! Set in a prehistoric society, most of the characters are farmers (valley people) and tend crops for a living; although they are considered the more “affluent” in the society. The hill dwellers have a deep jealousy of the farmers. Always pushing boundaries even though the punishment for crossing into each others territory is death. This book reminds you a bit of Romeo and Juliet as its a tale of forbidden love. It is a coming of age tale of the the prince of the valley people and a farmers daughter. Although these are this life long friends, his father is the King, which means their friendship can only go so far. When the prince falls in love with the farmers daughters, they are strictly forbidden from marrying. What ensues is a rebellion against the rulers, and everyone will be tested in one way or the other. If you liked (or read) Clan of the Cave Bear, I can promise you will love this book! Promised Valley Rebellion is the first in a series of four books and I’m lucky enough to have the second one, Promised Valley War, to read as well. After reading this book, I can tell you I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
sandiek More than 1 year ago
In? this novel, Ron Fritsch recreates what he imagines a prehistoric society to have been like. The characters in this society are farmers and lead an agrarian live, raising crops and dependant on the season's cycles. Life is simple except for the hill dwellers. The hill dwellers are envious of the valley farmers, and periodically mount forays in which they attempt to conquer the more affluent society. The farmers, in turn, consider the hill people to be little more than animals. While life seems bucolic, the society is strictly set up by caste. The king and his family are absolute rulers. He has friends among the farmers he rules, especially those who fought at his side during the wars against the hill people, but friendship only goes so far. Although his son is friends with their children, there is a strict dividing line. When he falls in love with a farmer's daughter, their love and marriage is forbidden. This eventually leads to a rebellion against the strictures that confine these people. This book is recommended for readers who loved books such as Clan Of The Cave Bear. The same imaginative recreation of life that cannot be realistically known is seen in Promised Valley Rebellion. Fritsch explores how societies organize themselves and how they use rules and laws to order life. There are an interesting array of characters, and readers will be engrossed with his vision.
KathyNY More than 1 year ago
"Promised Valley Rebellion" by Ron Fritsch mixed myth and civilization within one book and combines many, many characters to keep the reader engaged and that you will come to enjoy. It is easy to read and combines history with the timeless question of truth and of how many of us are able to face it. It is really an intriguing mix of elements all in one book. I'd be interested to see what Fritsch comes out with next.
Nicole8080 More than 1 year ago
With a handy character list, Promised Valley Rebellion introduces us to characters from a town much like those throughout history. Just as there are so many interesting characters in this book, there are so many themes that are relatable. Two young people want to be married but are forbidden, there is a rebellion against the archaic kingdom and even the theme of gay lifestyle comes into play in this book. What begins as a book about many, seemingly hard to differentiate characters becomes a journey about people that the reader is invested in. We begin to care about their outcomes and futures and wonder what if society had begun any other way? Great read!
TRW More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion is a legendary, nostalgic, and utterly capable of transporting you to forgotten times, and perhaps even forgotten ideas. Are you ready? Ron Fritsch's capacity for weaving a story is one-of-a-kind. The themes will linger on your mind, the in-between the lines will thicken. I won't spoil anything with further information, but rest assured: it's a good story, and it's told well.
MAH52 More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion by Ron Fritsch is a very fun and easy-to-read book. Although, in the beginning the reader may feel lost with the numerous characters, he/she becomes fast friends with the protagonists. This book is amazing in its somewhat subtle study of mankind's need to believe only positive tales of its history and its exploration of the question that spans all time: How much truth can average people of a society handle?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love stories like this and I was not disappointed. I'm in a creative writing workshop at my college and I had recently read a story with a similar sort of mythic-proto-civilization feel and I really wanted to read something else like it. Promised Valley Rebellion was a great way for me to fulfill that need. It was a bit wordy in places and a little hard to follow (I have a lot of trouble following almost any fantasy book including Lord of the Rings, so take that with a grain of salt), however, I enjoyed the story overall and I do recommend it to anyone looking for this type of story.
BKFinest More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion is an interesting book that has tons of characters to keep just about everyone entertained from beginning to end. Fritsch's amazing collaboration of history and suspense makes this book even more intriguing; this coming from someone who hated history in high school. I certainly look forward to future novels from this author.
Jec1986 More than 1 year ago
The Promised Valley Rebellion is a book that will take you back in time to an unknown place of prehistorical adventures. The author of this book definitely captures the meaning of the people of the past. The message is quite clear and powerful! The scenes of rebellion were quite vivid, but captures the humanity of the characters, which were indeed realistic. The message of understanding life and leadership is expressed throughout the book. Enjoy the prehistoric ride!
JSHAH21 More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion is a fascinating book that turns back the clock, taking place in a seemingly prehistoric era, and pitting two primitive groups, the farmers and hunters against each other. Ron Fritsch's book has all the makings of an epic, from love and maturation to rebellion and war. There are many characters that share a deep-rooted history. For example, Rose Leaf and Blue Sky's father, Green Field is childhood friends with Tall Oak, the father of the male lead, Morning Sun, and the King of the Farmers. Interestingly, the book depicts a close friendship between Green Field and Tall Oak, which later extends into a close-knit camaraderie between Blue Sky and Morning Sun. Essentially, the plot revolves around Rose Leaf and Morning Sun's blossoming love and subsequent parent disapproval. The narrow mindedness of the time led to questions such as, how can a Prince marry a farmer's daughter? Ultimately, the farmers join Rose Leaf, Morning Sun, and Blue Sky in the rebellion, much to the chagrin of Green Field and Tall Oak. Overall, the book is full of legendary secrets and probing questions as to why today's society is so prone to war. Did our ancestors plant the seeds of war when they should have made peace among its own people? How did the hunters and farmers become separate groups, and why do they hate each other so much? Promised Valley Rebellion is unique and an enjoyable read that is great food for thought. With characters that feel genuine and a plot crafted with the time period in mind, the audience will find Ron Fritsch's Promised Valley Rebellion an absolutely pleasant experience.
NA_Sena More than 1 year ago
Ron Fritsch's Promised Valley Rebellion gets its initial appeal, perhaps, from the fact that it seems to be made from the stuff of legend, with the narrative set in the time of tribal warriors and farmers. Furthermore, it is told in a language that is as simple and straightforward as the names of its characters, making the reading experience a fluid and pleasurable one. While Promised Valley Rebellion may initially come across as a story of forbidden love, it proves to be so much more than that. It is a story of how humankind oftentimes attempts to place order in the world with set standards and laws with the effect of being unnecessarily restrictive and stifling. It also illustrates how people create culture by way of our natural inclination towards naming and storytelling. Although set in a completely different era, many themes in this story may still ring true for us today, making it a worthwhile read.
Msclassy More than 1 year ago
"Promised Valley Rebellion" by Ron Fritsch is an interesting work of historical fiction. It has little flavor of suspense in it. This book provides an exciting plot, convincing characters, and an unfathomable fundamental theme. Fritsch's novel is unforgettable and leaves some great deal in reader's mind. This book really teaches lesson to other people how to accept each other. I really recommend this book to other people and enjoy the uniqueness of the characters. Good read!
p_p More than 1 year ago
Promised Valley Rebellion" is very interesting book and it keeps you busy until you finish it. All the characters entertain you throughout the book. Fritsch's characters are what truly made the book. This book is a historical fiction peppered with a little suspense. It is very interesting and well written book with the good explanation of the characters and its feels like all of them are real. I recommend this book other people. Must read!
JC91 More than 1 year ago
Ron Fritsch's Promised Valley Rebellion is, most certainly, an intriguing book from the start to very end. What I found that very convenient is that there is a "Character List" which provide a description for each character of the book. The story itself is definitely interesting, well written, and teaches a valuable lesson among others. A Must Read!