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January 20 , 2011

Promised Valley Rebellion


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.

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When the farmers’ king refuses to allow the marriage of the coming-of-age prince to the daughter of the farmer who saved the king’s life in the last war with the hunters, her brother decides he has to help his sister and the prince, his boyhood friend, correct the flagrant injustice.

That decision leads them and their youthful allies into a rebellion against the king and his officials, who rule the kingdom from their bluff-top town. The far more numerous farmers in the villages below, who despise the officials but not the king, and who admire the prince, are in a position to determine whether the rebels will succeed or face execution for treason.

Kirkus: “Fritsch's debut novel encourages the reader to ponder the universal elements of the tale. Fritsch grants his characters an easy, unforced humanity that is instantly inviting. His people sound like individuals and make the story memorable. A strange, primitive world that feels winningly real.”

Feathered Quill: “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. Readers will be enthralled by Fritsch’s elaborately conceived, carefully outlined society and the characters in it.”

Promised Valley Rebellion is the winner of the gold award in the Literary Fiction category of the 2010 eLit Electronic Book Awards; the first-place winner in the Gay & Lesbian & Transgender Fiction category in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards; and the winner of the silver medal in the Historical Fiction category of the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

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