By Melvyn Bragg
The second one quantity of a trilogy that begun with The Soldier's Return.
After the upheavals of the second one global struggle, the Richardson kinfolk — Sam, Ellen and their younger son Joe — settle again to working-class existence within the Cumbrian city of Wigton. but for them, as for therefore many, lifestyles shouldn't be an identical back. because the previous order starts to be challenged and new vistas open, Sam and Ellen forge their destiny including differing wishes and wishes - and conflicting expectancies of Joe, who grows up along with his personal demons to confront.
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Another unmistakable sign: mammoths had fed here—more than one, judging by the scale of the damage. But, like the dung, the pattern of tree damage was odd. Many of the younger saplings' trunks had been pushed aside, as if by animals who were shorter and squatter than he was. And he saw that bark and leaf buds had been taken extensively, even from above head height. Woolly mammoths will take a little bark and foliage in their diet, but they prefer the grasses and herbs of the open steppe. Still he saw no mammoths: not so much as a silhouette glimpsed through the trees, the swish of a tail, or the curve of a trunk.
She sees the end of my life. She thinks we will die together, we three: the yellow-haired cub, Willow, and me. But how can anybody know the future? And what strange fate could make such a thing happen?... The old female stumbled away, scared, shouting. And there was a howl of outrage. Blood was pouring down Stripeskull's foreleg, where a stick protruded from his flesh. With a yell of anger and pain he dragged the stick out of his body, ripping the wound wider. This was no simple stick of sharpened wood, Longtusk realized immediately.
He began to walk, slowly and steadily, toward the cave of the Dreamers. After a time the cub seemed to lose her fear. She gathered pawfuls of his long trunk hairs and burrowed into them. Soon she was asleep, wrapped in the warm strength of the mammoth's trunk. The Dreamers reacted with confusion. This was a stranger—not one of their Clan—not even one of their kind. At first the adults seemed to have difficulty even seeing the limp cub, as if she was a thing a shadows, only half-glimpsed, too strange to comprehend.
A Son of War: A Novella and Stories (Soldier's Return, Book 2) by Melvyn Bragg