Title: A Land Apart
Author: Ian Roberts
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
A gripping story of adventure and courage set in a magnificent wilderness with the French, English, Iroquois and Wendat just starting to do battle for what would become Canada and the US.
“The flintlock releases with a click and then three powerful, exhilarating sensations hit him at once: the kick of the musket hard into his shoulder, the deafening roar, and the dense, acrid smell of burnt powder smoke. As the crashing echo of his shot rolls back from across the lake he knows the blow of the musket ball would be lethal to Wendat flesh. Totiri knew before lifting the musket that he wanted it. Now the desire consumes him.”
It’s 1634 in New France. Etienne Brulé has lived with the Wendat and helped them develop the fur trade with France for 25 years and fought beside them against the Iroquois. When the English sell the Iroquois guns, Brulé is the only one who can get guns for the Wendat. But he knows the price everyone will pay in the end.
I took Canadian Literature for a full year in University, followed by Canadian Fiction and then Canadian Short Stories, and so I am no stranger to historical fiction. In fact, I probably read too many of them and haven’t picked up a single historical fiction since finishing University.
A Land Apart is a lovely piece and I am so, so happy I picked it up when I received the email that it was available for download. I recognized the familiar themes of man versus wilderness, of cultures opposing one another, and of the strong emotions caused by nature. Ian Roberts writes well and is sensitive to the story he is representing, and I truly enjoyed the book. The illustrations within are also beautiful and so I recommend reading this book on a large, bright screen, or getting a physical copy to truly enjoy it.
This is a shorter book and the ending left me craving more. I think the book could have easily went on for another chapter or two to satisfy the reader a little bit more.
I’d like to thank Atelier Saint-Luc Press for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For Netgalley users: please note that this book isn’t available on Kindle.