Book Reviews

Mammoth! (Repeating History 3) by Dakota Chase at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Time Travel / Magic / Young Adult / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-August-2018

Book Blurb

In what might be their most dangerous adventure so far, Grant and Ash are sent back in time ten thousand years to recover a mammoth talisman for their teacher, Merlin. Life is a struggle in the Stone Age, and if they want to eat, they’ll have to learn to use spears, track animals, and build fires without the benefit of matches.


Most importantly, they must recover the artifact so they can get back to their own time, but it won’t be easy. They’ll need to reunite two warring tribes, help a boy around their age prove his worth, and demonstrate their own courage on a deadly mammoth hunt. In this harsh and unforgiving world, hate and suspicion are as prevalent as they are in modern times, but understanding and acceptance can also be found if they know where to look.


Book Review

Stupidity has consequences, and reckless teenagers Ash and Grant are discovering they can be serious. Banished to the Stanton school for boys, they get into immediate trouble with their history teacher – who turns out to be Merlin (the one of Arthurian fame). Since they caused his collection of artifacts to be destroyed, he is now sending them back in time to retrieve the objects. After surviving the Ancient Egyptians and witch hunters in medieval Germany, Ash and Grant face their most perilous adventure yet in this third volume of the ‘Repeating History’ series – by traveling to prehistoric times, ten thousand years ago, with the mission of retrieving a hunting talisman depicting a mammoth.

As they quickly discover, the Stone Age is no picnic, and they need every one of their previously learned skills and all of their courage to survive. The descriptions of life in prehistoric times – particularly the time needed to hunt, gather, make tools, and deal with other clans – are pretty accurate as far as I can see. Dakota Chase has done a great job developing this world, and with a focus on the human emotions and need to learn how to cooperate with others to get along, it soon becomes obvious that very little has fundamentally changed since we lived in caves.

Ash and Grant join the Bison Clan after rescuing Rabbit, a budding hunter, from certain death, and become part of the group without too much trouble. But as they try to figure out where this talisman might be that will allow them to return, they have to overcome several obstacles. They have to learn to hunt, need materials to trade for better tools, and have to deal with an enemy within the clan as well as threats from an invading tribe. It turns out that politics and diplomacy are not recent inventions! It is an adventure to remember, and since both Ash and Grant tell the story in turns, it was great fun to see things from both their perspectives.

If you like stories about time travel as an educational yet very entertaining proposition, if you think two modern-day teenagers can learn how to survive in the Stone Age, and if you’re looking for an adventurous episode in their growing relationship, then you will probably like this novel. I definitely enjoyed it and, as always, look forward to their next escapade!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 180 pages/58158 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-August-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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