The breath of God is the freezing wind that comes off the huge glacier that is so much of the landscape of this book.
The Bizagot clans (similar to Inuit of the past of our world) live in its shadow, hunting and gathering as they have for centuries. The glacier is melting, a gap has formed and people from the far side of the glacier have come through, bent on conquest.
These self-styled "Rulers" are well armed, disciplined and riding war mammoths. The fractured clans are no match for them.
Count Hamnet and Ulrick, a professional adventurer, both from the southern empire, are looking for weaknesses in the aggressors and a way to inspire the empire and the remaining Bizagots into an alliance to repel them.
Hamnet, for all that he is unlucky in love, is shrewd, maybe he can save the world that he knows. He finds a powerful ally in the last place he would have contemplated.
Sequel to: Beyond the gap.
Title: The breath of God
Author: Harry Turtledove
Reviewed by Christine O.
Christine has worked in North Shore libraries for over 20 years. She likes her fiction to be believable and her non-fiction to be accessible.