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Tharon of Lost Valley   By: (1879-1958)

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In "Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe, readers are transported to a prehistoric world filled with danger, adventure, and romance. The story follows the life of Tharon, a young woman who has grown up in a secluded valley surrounded by treacherous mountains. Sheltered from the outside world, Tharon's world is turned upside down when a massive earthquake strikes, destroying her home and separating her from her family.

Roe skillfully crafts a vivid and immersive prehistoric setting, complete with lush descriptions of the untamed landscapes and its inhabitants. From the impressive size of the prehistoric animals to the dense foliage and raging rivers, every detail comes to life, painting a picture of a world long past.

Tharon herself is a captivating protagonist, possessing both courage and vulnerability. As she embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with her loved ones, readers are treated to a powerful coming-of-age story. Tharon must learn to survive in a harsh environment, testing her physical and mental limits. Through her trials and triumphs, she discovers inner strength and determination, making her a relatable and inspiring character.

The romantic subplot adds depth to the story, though at times it feels slightly rushed. The blossoming relationship between Tharon and a fellow survivor brings an element of tenderness and hope amidst the chaos. However, further development and exploration of their connection would have enhanced the emotional impact of the story.

One highlight of "Tharon of Lost Valley" is the author's attention to historical accuracy. Roe's meticulous research shines through in the portrayal of the flora, fauna, and way of life in prehistoric times. The detailed descriptions and interactions with various creatures create a fascinating and believable world for readers to explore.

While the pacing sometimes stutters, particularly in the middle of the book, Roe manages to maintain a sense of urgency and adventure throughout. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns, capturing the readers' attention and leaving them eagerly turning pages to uncover what lies ahead.

In conclusion, "Tharon of Lost Valley" is an enthralling tale that transports readers to a bygone era. Vingie E. Roe's rich world-building, well-developed characters, and captivating storytelling make for an enjoyable read. Despite a few minor shortcomings, this book offers a thrilling journey and a strong female protagonist that will captivate fans of historical fiction and adventure.

First Page:

[Illustration: AS EL REY ROSE ON HIS HIND FEET WHIRLING, THAT UNWAVERING MUZZLE WHIRLED ALSO TO KEEP IN LINE]

THARON OF LOST VALLEY

BY VINGIE E. ROE

Author of "The Maid of the Whispering Hills," "The Heart of Night Wind," etc.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON

NEW YORK

DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY

1919

Copyright, 1919

By DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, Inc.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. The Gun Man's Heritage 1 II. The Horses of the Finger Marks 29 III. The Man in Uniform 52 IV. Unbroken Bread 76 V. The Working of the Law 102 VI. El Rey and Bolt 128 VII. The Shot in the CaƱons 157 VIII. White Ellen 187 IX. Signal Fires in the Valley 214 X. The Untrue Firing Pin 247 XI. Finger Mark and Ironwood at Last 277

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