For there, leaping with great bounds was a huge, gray wolf!
Odette slipped silently into the shadows near the wall of the building from where she had just escaped. Moving cautiously, with as little noise as possible, she soon found herself at the edge of the city where the jungle held complete sway.
As she crept into the jungle, her ears caught a new commotion behind her. Evidently, whatever Gor-ne had been expecting had finally arrived. Wild screams and yells broke out behind her, and it sounded like a little war within the city.
Wanting to put as much distance between her and the ancient city as possible, Odette increased her pace to a run. No longer in concealment, and making quite a bit of noise as she ran, the girl revealed her whereabouts to anyone who might be watching.
Unfortunately for Odette, there was a guard in the tree she passed. A flying birdman, posted there earlier, spotted the escaping girl as she broke from cover.
The birdman dropped from his high perch, emitting the ferocious Dragoon‘s battle scream.
Odette heard the fierce scream, and looked back to see the birdman swooping down almost upon her, sharp talons reaching out.
She turned with a scream forming on her lipsâ€”to be left there, frozen in her throat, before she could utter the terror within her heart.
For leaping with great bounds, jaws extended, was a huge, gray wolf!
Reading this I found myself comparing this to The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. And I noted that the writer said he was somewhat inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Savage Land of Jur is definitely written in an older style. The cast is kept very small and the tale is told from the viewpoint of one of the two characters from Earth trapped in this mystery world from the past.
Not much in this story is groundbreaking. But it was well written, well paced and a pleasant reminder of a time when writers wrote stories to amaze and entertain. There is none of the emotional angst that seems to populate recent popular fiction. Instead you have a fun story with two lovers fighting to find a way home after getting lost in a prehistoric world.
This story impressed me. I’d love to find more stories in this style. Too few authors appear to remember that the first duty of the writer is to entertain. This story was an exception and entertainment definitely came first