Trials of the Warmland is the second installment in the post-apocalyptic fiction series "The Feral World" by Gaddy Bergmann set in the
51st century in the region formerly known as the United States of America, approximately 3010 years after the asteroid strike. In the first book,
Migration of the Kamishi, the author introduces the reader to an action-packed adventure when an asteroid enters earth’s field. Despite
the advanced technology of 2036 that enabled the people to break the asteroid into smaller pieces, the effect was still devastating. True, humanity
was saved from extinction, but there was nothing left but survival.
At this pivotal point, the survivors made a conscious choice to live simply,
leaving a light footprint on the planet and avoiding technology. Thousands of years later, humanity
has been reduced to numerous tribes that tend to stick to their own territories; however, a few migrating tribes have no qualms about taking what is theirs. One small but content village becomes their target, and the only survivors
after the violent attack are two young men, Blake and Manosh, and two dogs.
In Trials of the Warmland, we see Blake mature and grow into the hero we expect him to be, while the romance develops between Lana and Blake. After an intense journey, the remaining travelers – Blake, Lana and one female dog – arrive at the Warmlands,
where they are not welcomed. They discover that some of the asteroid survivors escaped to the moon colony and
are visiting Earth again. The tribes endure their presence, but there is an underlying ominous feeling. Because there is a lot of travel involved in the book, readers will find the map and glossary helpful in keeping track of where the characters are and more details about each tribe they encounter along the way.
The author has a calm and peaceful way of reaching the reader, and his background in environment, population and organism biology is certainly evident in his detailed descriptions of the flora and fauna.
The author even states that his admiration for nature was the inspiration behind
"The Feral World" series. Bergmann has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Population and Organismic Biology as well as a master’s degree in zoology.
He has been an educator and has done research with ecology, microbiology and fish projects throughout
the state of Colorado.
Trials of the Warmland released hot on the heels of the first book in this series,
Migration of the Kamishi. According to publisher Flying Pen Press, the third installment of this series, Riders of the Mapinguari, will be released in the summer of 2009. Readers will find a sneak peak into the upcoming novel at the end of this book.