Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Painted Days by Peter John Driscoll is 'A Tale of Origins.' Wind back 8000 years, back to the lowlands where tribes war against one another. A hunter puts himself at risk of death and enters Doggerland in search of big game. Instead, he finds a beautiful woman. Obsessed with her, he can’t stay away, but getting too near could mean certain death. He must work at gaining her love and her trust, but this is only the beginning. Their journey takes them through dangerous times as they discover something that threatens their very existence, something that threatens the schemes that the tribal leaders have kept hidden for so long. It is their daughter who, through tragedy, is the only one that can put things right again, but can all her skills and courage be enough or will the tribes forever be under the ruling thumb of leaders who use everything at their disposal to manipulate their people?
Painted Days: A Tale of Origins by Peter John Driscoll is an interesting story of early humankind, a story of clans and survival through tough times. This is a combination of love, deceit, and murder, told in a way that we can only surmise is the way it would have happened all those years ago. This is a steady book with plenty going on to keep a reader interested. It is told in a way so that you can’t help but want to keep reading, in a way that transports you back those 8000 years into a time we know little of. The characters were colorful and carefully developed throughout the story, allowing me to get to know them properly and identify with them. Overall, this was a great story, well written, and will be enjoyed by fans of historical tales.