Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Morland Chronicles #9, "The Flood-Tide" (and Hamilton)
One of the things this book is really good at is demonstrating the length of the war, and the uncertainty of it all. That said, of course it's very much from the British point of view, but that didn't stop me singing "The world turned upside down" at the end of the Battle of Yorktown.
I really wanted this review to be peppered with Hamilton quotes. I've been listening to this musical since the moment the soundtrack was announced and I love it to pieces, but I'm just not creative enough to drop bits and pieces in as easily as I'd like.
That said - Charles' story was poignant. Calculated to appeal to the British reader, but also very interesting, and something I hadn't so much thought of. It wasn't only the British who were threatening to kill friends and family...
William's plot may convince me to read Patrick O'Brien and other Age of Sail authors. I was so sad about poor dear Charlotte, but William has a wonderful story... of guns and ships. And oh, Thomas - you see, this is the problem with writing the review two books later: I forgot Thomas! Key to the battle of Yorktown, where the world turned upside down, for Charles, for Flora (for the other Charles...)
Next up: the French Revolution and The Tangled Thread - everyone give it up for America's favourite fighting Frenchman!
(Maybe I didn't do so badly on the Hamilton quotes after all.)