By Allan Mallinson
The 8th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling sequence reveals Hervey on his option to South Africa the place he's getting ready to shape a brand new physique of cavalry, the Cape fixed Rifles.
All seems to be set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy may still permit him to buy command of his cherished regiment, the sixth gentle Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and really to his shock, the thing of his affections — the widow of the past due Sir Ivo Lankester — has effortlessly consented. yet he has reckoned with no the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared funds handy; and prior to too lengthy, he's looking for a brand new posting. although, Hervey has continually been well-served by way of outdated and constant pals, and Eyre Somervile involves his relief with the technique of advertising: there's want of a guy to assist reorganize the neighborhood forces on the Cape Colony, and particularly to shape a brand new physique of horse.
At the Cape, Hervey is straight away 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 out. followed by means of 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 chance that the increasing Zulu state 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 prior to, and in so doing saves the lifetime of the nephew of 1 of the Duke of Wellington’s closest friends.
From the Hardcover version.