The world of Umiat and Kenai is a dark and dangerous place with many similarities to our own. Below you will find a map of the world which Tumbletick and his companions inhabit plus an extract from the novel which describes the two rival continents in more depth.



An extract from ‘A Geopolitical Treatise on Umiat and Kenai’: by Hal Kearsley.

‘The two great continents of Umiat and Kenai face each other across the imposing bodies of water known as The Sea of Kaltag and The Circle Sea. These natural frontiers have not only kept the two peoples apart but allowed jealousies to fester and grow on both sides.
Umiat, blessed by flatter lands, is rich in agriculture. Its clement weather and regular rainfall has allowed for a large population to develop and the arts to flourish. The land is fortunate to have eight types of cereal crop grow easily and in abundance. These crops provide vast amounts of calories for the human and animal populations to thrive on. The indigenous animal life is tame, pliant for working in the fields and produces mountains of meat and milk. How fortunate for the people of Umiat when they started to colonise the land that the animals they found bred easily, could be yoked and provided the food.
Kenai is mountainous, rough and rich in minerals and ore. Its weather matches the landscape. Torrid rain falls and ice fields dominate large sections of the land. The animal life is huge and fierce. Most are heavily toothed or tusked and hide out in the crags to ambush weary travellers. The people are hardened too and pursue trapping and mining as trades. The capital city of Ende imports most of the lands food and exports gems, metals, wood, furs and political dogma. It has however grown vast and powerful over the years with this trade and its port is the largest and busiest in the known world. The tip of Kenai is really the only area upon which building is easy on the peninsular so it is fortunate that a large natural harbour is also found there. From this port the natural commodities of the continent find their way to all corners of the world and the dogma into the minds of many.
The lands of Umiat and Kenai have regularly come into conflict over the eons, each avaricious for the benefits of the other. Geography has been cruel with her gifts. Tensions were inevitable between the peoples as soon as the Seas had settled and the lands were revealed.'