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 fastened Rifles.
All appears to be like set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy should still let him to buy command of his cherished regiment, the sixth mild Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and really to his shock, the item of his affections — the widow of the overdue Sir Ivo Lankester — has effectively consented. yet he has reckoned with out the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared funds handy; and earlier than too lengthy, he's searching for a brand new posting. even if, Hervey has consistently been well-served by way of outdated and constant acquaintances, and Eyre Somervile involves his reduction with the technique of promoting: there's desire of a guy to assist reorganize the neighborhood forces on the Cape Colony, and specifically to shape a brand new physique of horse.
At the Cape, Hervey is immediately 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 attempt. observed through the captivating, 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 chance that the increasing Zulu country poses to the Cape Colony.
he climax of the unconventional is the conflict of Umtata River (August 1828), during 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.
From the Hardcover version.