Beyond the Gap

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Beyond the Gap
Author Harry Turtledove
Country United States
Language English
Series The Opening of the World
Genre Fantasy, Alternate History
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
February 2007
Media type Hardcover, Paperback, Audible
Pages 336 Hardcover
ISBN 0765317109
Followed by The Breath of God

Beyond the Gap is a fantasy novel by Harry Turtledove, published in February 2007. It is the first book of the Opening of the World series. The book centers on several citizens of the fictional Iron Age Empire of Raumsdalia, a land whose inhabitants have North Germanic names. Raumsdalia is situated south of a great steppeland which is bordered on the north by a vast, seemingly unending glacier.

Plot Summary[edit]

When a gap opens in the glacier, Count Hamnet Thyssen and Ulric Skakki are dispatched by Emperor Sighvat II of Raumsdalia to explore the other side. Together with Earl Eyvind Torfin and a wizard, Audun Gilli, they team up with Trasamund, a chieftain of the nomadic, mammoth-herding Bizogot nation. Crossing through the gap, the explorers discover that a powerful tribal confederation, who call themselves "the Rulers," are preparing to burst through the gap and seize the lands to the south for their own.