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 fixed Rifles.

All appears set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy should still permit him to buy command of his loved regiment, the sixth gentle Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and particularly to his shock, the thing of his affections — the widow of the past due Sir Ivo Lankester — has conveniently consented. yet he has reckoned with out the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared funds at hand; and sooner than too lengthy, he's in search of a brand new posting. even though, Hervey has continuously been well-served by means of previous and constant pals, and Eyre Somervile involves his relief with the technique of merchandising: there's desire of a guy to aid reorganize the neighborhood forces on the Cape Colony, and particularly to shape a brand new physique of horse.

At the Cape, Hervey is instantly thrown into frontier skirmishes with the Xhosa and Bushmen, however it is Eyre Somervile’s guideline to variety deep around the frontier, into the territory of the Zulus, that's his maximum attempt. observed through the fascinating, 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 kingdom poses to the Cape Colony.
he climax of the unconventional is the conflict of Umtata River (August 1828), within which Hervey has to struggle as he hasn't ever fought earlier than, and in so doing saves the lifetime of the nephew of 1 of the Duke of Wellington’s closest friends.

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