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AWARD WINNING HISTORICAL FICTION ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY STORIES EVER TO EMERGE FROM SOUTH AFRICA'S TURBULENT PAST
There was no greater warrior king than Shaka of the Zulus. Above all else, he valued two things; courage and loyalty. He would find both in his unlikely hero - the 12-year old Highlander known as 'John Ross.'
In 1825, when 9-year old Charles Rawden Maclean sets out from Fraserburgh, Scotland on his first sea-voyage, he is unaware of the dramatic, life-changing events that lie ahead. When he is shipwrecked on the unknown coast of Zululand, his arrival is not unexpected. A silent watcher, one with extraordinary mystical powers, has been waiting for him..
Launched headlong into the dangerous and unpredictable arena of Shaka Zulu's kingdom, the stranded mariners face impossible odds, their chances of rescue very slim. Their captain's betrayal by his partner fuels tension in an already precarious situation. Fever ridden and desperate, they try to re-build their ship in an effort to escape. When the young Maclean, also known as John Ross, is detained against his will in Shaka's stronghold of kwaBulawayo, the place of killing, his future looks bleak. However, all is not as it seems...
For those who love Africa, this story is a must...
Within the pages of KINGDOM OF A THOUSAND DAYS lies a truly unforgettable tale, one that has not yet been fully told. Though etched in cruelty, treachery and betrayal, it also portrays the other side of the coin - human kindness, life-saving generosity, and the discovery of the deep bonds of friendship in the most unlikely of places.
From the timeless sands of the Wild Coast, to the lush, war-ravaged hills of Zululand and the autocratic rule of Shaka of the Zulus; from the shadowy political intrigues of the British-held Cape to Mozambique and the horrors of the slave trade, follow in the footsteps of CHARLES RAWDEN MACLEAN the 'JOHN ROSS' of legend, and become immersed in the enthralling. spell-binding story that still lingers in the heart of KWAZULU NATAL.
WINNER OF THE PITLOCHRY QUAICH AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION Scottish Association of Writers.
Excellent...memorable. What the story-teller's art is all about. Alanna Knight, MBE, Hionorary President