By Allan Mallinson
The 8th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling sequence unearths Hervey on his method to South Africa the place he's getting ready to shape a brand new physique of cavalry, the Cape fixed Rifles.
All seems set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy may still enable him to buy command of his loved regiment, the sixth gentle Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and fairly to his shock, the item of his affections — the widow of the overdue Sir Ivo Lankester — has effectively consented. yet he has reckoned with no the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared funds at hand; and earlier than too lengthy, he's in search of a brand new posting. even if, Hervey has constantly been well-served through previous and dependable buddies, and Eyre Somervile involves his relief with the technique of merchandising: there's want of a guy to aid reorganize the neighborhood forces on the Cape Colony, and specifically to shape a brand new physique of horse.
At the Cape, Hervey is without delay thrown into frontier skirmishes with the Xhosa and Bushmen, however it is Eyre Somervile’s guide to variety deep around the frontier, into the territory of the Zulus, that's his maximum try. observed via the fascinating, cultured, yet dissipated Edward Fairbrother, a black captain from the disbanded Royal African Corps and bastard son of a Jamaican planter, he makes touch with the mythical King Shaka, and thereafter warns Somervile of the risk that the increasing Zulu state poses to the Cape Colony.
he climax of the radical is the conflict of Umtata River (August 1828), within which Hervey has to struggle as he hasn't ever fought ahead of, and in so doing saves the lifetime of the nephew of 1 of the Duke of Wellington’s closest friends.
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