I love Wilbur Smith. But until now I had only read two of his books so when I saw NetGalley offering Call Of The Raven I immediately requested for it. I am so glad I did because this book was one amazing read.
About The Book
The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Augustus Mungo St John is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. Fuelled by anger, and love, Mungo swears vengeance and devotes his life to saving Camilla – and destroying Chester.
Camilla, trapped in New Orleans and powerless to her position as a kept slave and Chester’s brutish behaviour, must learn to do whatever it takes to survive.
As Mungo battles his own fate and misfortune to achieve the revenge that drives him and regain his power in the world, he must question what it takes for a man to survive when he has nothing, and what he is willing to do in order to get what he wants.
Author: Wilbur Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction. General Fiction (Adult)
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre USA
Date Of Publication: 21st April 2020
I seem to always get Wilbur Smiths books in the wrong order. The first two books of his that I read were from the Egyptian River God series. I LOVED them so much I had to read more of his work. Of course, those were not in order but I made do with what I had. The same thing happened with The Call Of The Raven. It was only after I received the book from NetGalley did I realise that this book is a prequel to the Ballantyne series. Fortunately, it is a prequel so I didn’t miss out on much. But I have got to read the Ballantyne series as soon as possible!
Coming to the plot, the book is a rollercoaster of emotions. Such a lot happened in the first few chapters which made me know that this book was going to be a good one. Call Of The Raven is a story of revenge. When Mungo St. John’s inheritance is stolen by those his family trusted, he leaves no stone unturned to get back what is his.
The books take you on an adventure through several American cities and on a voyage to the coast of Africa. There are many characters that you would fall in love with and those who you would hate most sincerely. Set during the peak of the slave-trade this book shows you the reality of that very dark time of human history. Call Of The Raven is action-packed from start to finish. Each time you think you know what is going to happen next, something else comes up and leaves your surprised/stunned/devastated.
This is a fast-paced book that will keep you wanting more. I am beyond thrilled that I got to read this book and would definitely recommend this one.
About The Author
Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.
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