5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent saga
ByTomon 24 December 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
I arrived at the end of this trilogy in the knowledge that the story and many of its characters would live on in my memory for a long time to come. For me this is the sign of a well-told tale.
In this third book we are treated to more wonderful characterisation and imagery, enabled from a foundation of solid research. Once again we find love, deceit, heartache, hardship, honour, and a host of other things which set this saga apart from other stories. Relationships and the development of character are central to the tale and we see people demonstrating the best and worst of humankind.
The journeys in which the characters are involved could have been skipped over with a few sentences, but in keeping with the earlier parts, we are invited into a world where nothing comes without effort and endurance, for the men, women, children, and animals.
I commend the author for the detail which is present throughout. Occasionally a phrase encompasses a fact related to the period, whether it be in the homeland or the penal colonies. Now and then, something of interest is slipped into a scene and holds the reader in the moment. Having an interest in natural history, I was impressed by the mention of the thylacine and the part played in the tale.
From the opening scenes of this wonderful story the circumstances and plight of women as a subordinate gender is explored, examined and explained in detail. Slavery was alive and well in Victorian times without having to look at the capture and exploitation of indigenous races.
This trilogy ranks in my top ten, and I’ve read a few stories.
Kudos, Rebecca Bryn.
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