Monday, April 1, 2013
An Excellent Prequel for A Spear of Summer Grass
FAR IN THE WILDS
April 1, 2013
Far in the Wilds is an excellent prequel novella for Deanna Raybourn's A Spear of Summer Grass (coming April 30 from Harlequin Mira). I was lucky enough to get a review copy of A Spear of Summer Grass from net.galley and loved it, as I do all Deanna's books. Far in the Wilds serves both as a prequel and a deeper look into the back story of Ryder White.
Ryder White is a hunter, trader and reluctant guide in the Kenya of 1918. A mixture of adventurer and lover, he has an abiding love for Africa, it's peoples and his friends. He also has a backbone of steel and strong convictions. Unlike many others, he will only kill animals to eat or to destroy if they become man-killers. When he allows himself to be hired as a guide by a minor Danish prince, it is only to keep the prince from killing a healthy animal or causing trouble for any Kikuyu tribesmen he might hire otherwise.
Far in the Wilds tells the story of the hunt for a man-killing black leopard. It also fills in the story of Ryder's friends; Jude, Tusker and Gideon, the Masai warrior. It's a very short story, but well-worth reading, especially as a foretaste of A Spear of Summer Grass. Only available as an eBook, Far in the Wilds includes an excerpt of A Spear of Summer Grass.