A Company of Spears (Matthew Hervey, Book 8)

A Company of Spears (Matthew Hervey, Book 8)

Allan Mallinson

The 8th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling sequence unearths Hervey on his strategy to South Africa the place he's getting ready to shape a brand new physique of cavalry, the Cape fastened Rifles.

All appears to be like set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy may still enable him to buy command of his liked regiment, the sixth gentle Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and really to his shock, the item of his affections — the widow of the past due Sir Ivo Lankester — has easily consented. yet he has reckoned with out the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared money handy; and earlier than too lengthy, he's looking for a brand new posting. in spite of the fact that, Hervey has continuously been well-served by means of previous and constant buddies, and Eyre Somervile involves his reduction with the technique of merchandising: there's desire 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 immediately thrown into frontier skirmishes with the Xhosa and Bushmen, however it is Eyre Somervile’s guideline to diversity deep around the frontier, into the territory of the Zulus, that's his maximum try. followed by way of the captivating, 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 country poses to the Cape Colony.
he climax of the radical 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.

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