Centuries have passed. The wall that Ana's people built has long outlasted her and history has been changed. The British Isles are still one with the European mainland and Doggerland has become a vibrant and rich land.
So rich that it has drawn the attention of the Greeks. An invasion is mounted and soon Greek Biremes are grinding ashore on a coastline we never knew and the world will be changed for ever.
Stephen Baxter's new series catapults forward from pre-history into the ancient world and charts a new and wonderful story for our world. This is a superb example of Baxter's belief that anything is possible for mankind - even making a new world.
Baxter s underwhelming follow-up to Stone Spring technically succeeds in its overarching goal showing the effect on the prehistoric world of creating a huge wall to protect the bed of the future North Sea from being flooded but is hampered by a large, uninteresting cast and the banality and bleakness of the prehistoric societies. When Northlander Milaqa s mother is murdered, Milaqa s uncle Teel reveals that he s a member of a secret society, and he insists that Milaqa work with them to solve the crime. Meanwhile, rogue Qirum, busy taking advantage of the opportunities in postwar Troy, meets former queen Kilushepa, and they hatch a plan to bring them both into power. Baxter mixes some engaging intrigue and espionage into his ancient world, but too often focuses almost fetishistically on brutality, with a barrage of descriptions of violence and rape (targeting children as often as adults) that render the world more bromidic than horrifying and undercut any power in the ending.