Laws of Nature: Virtual Book Blast and a Review

Jacqui Murray has a new book on the shelves. I’m a huge fan of her Prehistoric fiction, and my review is below. You did it again, Jacqui, transported me back in time 1.8 million years.


A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.

Summary

In this second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa. Though they don’t know it, they will be the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. But they can’t stay, not with the rest of the tribe enslaved by an enemy. To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy’s unique group–which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack–but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn’t trust.

Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.

A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!

My Review

I read the first book in this series a while ago, and it was great to travel back in time again (1.8 million years to be exact) and catch up with Lucy and her group of primitive humans. This book starts where the last left off, so I’d recommend beginning the series with book one, Born in a Treacherous Time, which blew me away, btw.

What I’ve enjoyed most about Murray’s prehistoric fiction has been consistent across her trilogies—the way she brings the time period to life with some meticulous research and well-educated guessing. The characters and their lives are fictional, but the primordial setting, the prehistoric human and animal species, migration patterns, and anthropological details about life had me fascinated.

The plot of this installment isn’t complicated. Lucy and her small group of “Man-who-makes-tools” are searching for a home-base after their larger group was attacked by “Man-who-preys.” They face natures challenges in a number of forms: freezing tempertures, seismic Earth changes, treacherous landscapes, animal predators, aggressive tribes, and hunger. Survival is a daily struggle.

The story is primarily in Lucy’s point of view, but there are two parallel tracks told by other characters: Ahnda, a subadult from Lucy’s original group who has escaped captivity, and Xha, one of the “Man-who-preys” who is tracking Lucy as she searches for a safe home. A later addition to the pov characters is a female named Wild who was raised by the large canines (Canus) of the time.

One of the clever aspects of the storytelling is the way Murray’s characters view, think about, and describe their world without a scientific and conceptual understanding of what they’re seeing. Naming, as you might have noticed in this review, is descriptive based on what is observed and learned through experience. Details such as these are immersive.

Book Two comes to a partial conclusion, but the books aren’t standalone reads, and the hunt for a home-base continues. Highly recommended to readers of prehistoric fiction who enjoy man versus nature stories and descriptive details that transport a reader back in time.

Book information:

Title and author: Laws of Nature

Series: Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity series

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Editor: The extraordinary Anneli Purchase

Available print or digital) at: Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU  Kindle India

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman , the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.

Social Media contacts:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ/

Blog: https://worddreams.wordpress.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacquimurraywriter/

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/jacquimurray

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/worddreams

Website: https://jacquimurray.net

Happy Reading!

128 thoughts on “Laws of Nature: Virtual Book Blast and a Review

  1. Sarah says:

    Wonderful review! Prehistoric fiction used to be one of my favourite reads when I was in my teens. Should give it another go. 😉

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  2. […] here for the rest of the book blast […]

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  3. Fabulous review, Diana! I’m almost halfway through the book and it is captivating! Love the Lucy-Xhosa connection too. Congrats on so many great comments and reviews to Jacqui!

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  4. A great review and brilliant trailer, Diana. Jacqui’s books fascinate!

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  5. A wonderful review, Diana. I also enjoyed the first book about Lucy and these one sounds equally good.

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  6. How wonderful to see Jacqui’s new book reviewed here and displayed. Her writing always amazes me. The research is so well entwined with the story and I always learn bunches!

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  7. Chel Owens says:

    I’m trying to wrap my brain around how you’d even convey prehistoric thinking and expression into a readable book!

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  8. Wonderful! Sharing.

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    What a wonderful review, Diana – congrats to Jacqui! I’ve never read prehistoric fiction, but it’s something I know I’d enjoy. So many books!

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  10. Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. Sounds like a great book!! Hope you are well. (((Hugs)))

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  12. Fantastic review of this wonderful book. Congratulations Jacqui. To read 1.8 millions years back story would be so beautiful. Thanks for the awesome post, Diana.

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  13. markbierman says:

    I agree, Diana, Jacqui knows how to time travel with her excellent writing! Congratulations, Jacqui! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Diana. 🙂

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  14. acflory says:

    Excellent! 😀

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  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Sounds fabulous! Just like Jacqui to solve enough problems while leaving enough carrots for us to want more.

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  16. Congratulations to Jacqui on the excellent review! I’m still trying to conceptualize 1.8 million years.

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  17. Hi, Diana, I liked what you said, one of the clever aspects of the storytelling is the way Murray’s characters view, think about, and describe their world without a scientific and conceptual understanding of what they’re seeing. She’s a great teacher who makes study comes alive. Congratulations, Jacqui!
    Thank you for the insightful review and for hosting the blog blast!

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  18. This looks wonderful! Thank you so much.

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  19. With Jacqui’s early man books I always wonder how they communicate subtle ideas that involve “past, future, and what if” events. I find myself thinking, “Oh they couldn’t communicate that without a sophisticated language,” but in the next moment, I’m thinking, “But why not? How do we know how they communicated abstract ideas?” Whatever methods they used, they managed to do it well enough to survive way more challenges than we have nowadays, so they had a lot of things figured out. The glimpses into their struggle for survival make Jacqui’s book very hard to put down.

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  20. Kymber says:

    Great review Diana. Congratulations to Jacqui!

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  21. Wonderful review! I’m not a history buff (don’t tell Jacqui :)) but her prehistoric books have opened that world up in an interesting and informative way. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

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  22. balroop2013 says:

    I agree Diana, Jacqui has that knack of transporting us back in time through er words. Your review is a nice guide for the reader. Congratulations Jacqui.

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  23. Lady Tessa says:

    I’ve seen Jacqui’s new book around and I’m glad I have the first in the series on my TBR. Wonderful review Diana!

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  24. BERNADETTE says:

    A very well written and informative review. I am a fan of Jean Auel and I am sure that I will enjoy this series.

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  25. Great review Diana. You piqued my interest. This sounds like a fascinating storyline and book series. Kudos Jacqui!

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  26. Chris Hall says:

    Great review of a wonderful book, Diana. I’m in the middle of reading this, having been captivated by Lucy’s first adventure a few months ago, and I really don’t want it to end! Huge kudos to Jacqui – through her I’ve fallen in love with prehistoric fiction.

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  27. Fantastic review, Diana! Congratulations to Jacqui! She’s written a terrific book and I wish her great success. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

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  28. Marcia says:

    Wonderful review, Diana. The more I learn about this series, the more I’m looking forward to reading it. It might be one I want to read straight through, though, on a non-stop binge. I hate having to wait for the next book in series I’m really loving. Then again, I hate waiting when I could get a start on the tale, too. Decisions, decisions! 😀

    Either way, I’m bound to read these books, for sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them! 🙂

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    • Definitely start with the first one, Marcia. I think you’ll love getting immersed in the worldbuilding. I’m like you when it comes to reading through (my preference), but I found that I didn’t lose any details even with the gap between these two books. Whatever you decide, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy the story. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Happy Reading! Hugs.

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      • Marcia says:

        Back in the day, I would have been the same way about being able to pick up from where the previous books left off. After my concussion, my short-term memory is NOT what it used to be. So I often have to do a quick refresher skim of earlier books in order to remember the important bits in newer ones, even when writers have done a good job of including some backstory, I’m bound to find myself flipping back to jog my memory. But it’s worth it. I can still READ, by golly, so I count my blessings! 😀 ❤

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    • I’m that way with series, too. Book 3 should be out January-ish so not too long a wait!

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  29. What a wonderful review Diana. I’ll get the book. Thank you for sharing 🌹❤️

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  30. A very good review – both your writing and the interest it arouses

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  31. Mae Clair says:

    That’s an awesome review, Diana. The challenge in writing prehistoric fiction must be mind-boggling. Congratulations to Jacqui!

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