The scene is teeming Zanzibar just before the American Civil War, when the Isle of Cloves was a center of African slave trade. To it comes Hero Athena Hollis, a Boston bluestocking filled with self-righteousness and bent on good deeds.
Then she meets Rory Frost, a cynical, wicked, shrewd and good-humored trader in slaves. What is Hero to make of him (and of her feelings for him)?
"Tightly plotted, crammed with detail and irresistibly romantic." (Cosmopolitan)
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Epic historical novel.
Shadow of the Moon and Far Pavilions - by the same author. They each teach us something about actual events, but add the element of personal drama. The stories make me want to research what actually happened in those places long ago.
She gave the main male character -- an intelligent British rogue -- a wimpy southern drawl. He was definitely NOT from Britain, and definitely not the character the author created. The disconnect almost made me stop listening to the story. But I liked the book too much (I've read it many times) to do that.
I've always enjoyed this story and all of MM Kaye's historical novels. I'm sad that the reader made it so cumbersome to get through. If there was another reader, I'd trade this version in to try him/her.
- D. D. Worden
Wonderful Story, Beautiful Writing
Yes, all the writing by M.M. Kaye is classic, articulate, well-written, engaging.
The unique plot. Unfortunately, the cover art here, as well as the blurb, portrays the book as a bodice-ripper, which it absolutely is not. It's very well written historical fiction. The characters are developed well, the plot is intriguing, and the writing is top-notch.
Anytime an accent is called for, be is English, Irish, Scottish, whatever, the narrator does it in a Caribbean-Jamaican lilt. It's off-putting. Also, she mispronounces words that were common to the time, such as "blackguard." It's "blaggard," not "Black Guard." Her voice is pleasant, though.
- Katy J. Hadduck