Despite the cover appeal or lack there of, what's of real importance in the end is the story. How was it? It was REALLY good! You get a taste of life when times were simpler. You caught or foraged for your meal, shared time with your family, and assisted the tribe with daily tasks....oh and fought for your life against wild animals that would love you to share...pardon, to BE...a snack, as well as other tribes that would do you and yours harm given then chance. Okay so perhaps it really wasn't simple, more like just as complicated as today but on a different more basic level. The author does a great job of taking you back to prehistoric times in both descriptions and actions. Though the journey is long and threat filled, he doesn't bore you with too many details but rather smoothly transitions his characters over a few days time to their next destination with the needed but limited travel details in between.
The characters are also a great part of what makes this story overall. From the 'Wasp People' (dangerous in more than name) to 'the Hru' (a people of quiet strength but certainly able to defend themselves), Zan-Gah himself to Chul (his huge 'brick-wall' of a relative), you come to know and either care for or at least understand what they do and why they do it. The ability to use very few words to convey strong emotions is also evident in this work and harnessed quite well.
"I am, Zan, to her and to you."
*shivers* Yeah, take it from me, it's delivered very straight faced and even toned in the book so definitely creepy....but see, that sentence is about 8 words and yet get right to the heart of the moment at hand; certainly speak to the author's skills. ***END OF SPOILER***