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Acorns To Wheat: A Chasseen Family Saga by David William Allman is set four thousand years before the birth of Christ in an area of southern France. The Chasseen people existed long before the well-known cultures of the Romans and Greeks. Acorns To Wheat features a family story that opens with Busher, who lives by hunting with an arrow thrown by hand. He has a mate, Treaulee, who gives him two sons, Ashlan and Dubnoald, and they take on the care of an orphan girl, Averni. During this time, they are forced to move home constantly by natural forces, like a volcanic eruption, which they blame on “the gods”. Family trouble comes when Busher decides to change his way of life from hunting and gathering food to farming. Will his two sons ever agree or will they kill each other?
Acorns To Wheat: A Chasseen Family Saga is impressively researched historical fiction. The detail of how Busher, Treaulee, the people they meet, and their sons live is meticulous but equally cleverly masked by an intriguing and vividly told story. Even in this primitive civilization, inhabitants are shown as being aware of their past. “The ancients performed animal sacrifices to the gods to shield the people from their ire and unprovoked wrath.” This is a unique period to explore quite like this, and well-drawn, emotive characters and battle-scene action draw the reader on. Acorns To Wheat looks set to launch David William Allman into the category of Ken Follett and E. L. Doctorow as a writer of historical thrillers.