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The Fire Blossom and the follow up book Fires of Change by author Sara Lark are wonderful books. Full of emotion, challenges, danger and love. I used every emotion during the reading of these extremely beautifully written books and really did not want them to to come to the end. I am so pleased to have found Sarah Lark. I am now a fan.
At the start of this book I was frustrated at the continual references to what happened in the first book of this series which I didn't think was necessary as it was labelled book 2 - then finally it got into the story and I loved it! Was sad to get to the end of the book as it was like saying good bye to friends I wouldn't meet again.
I was totally engrossed with this series from page 1 of the first book. I’m not going into the story line of it but will say that the treatment of the maoris, and the aborigines of Australia, are something we British should be ashamed of. We had no god given right to remove “savages” as they were called from their own lands, they were there first. This book not only holds you with the incredible story line but give an insight to the indigenous people of the island. Just p,ease read it for yourself.
I love the books of this author, have read all of them and this did not disappoint either. This book - like the others - is fiction but it is closely connected to historic facts and events, this one to the Hauhau movement of the 1860-s North Island. There were other historic elements, like those about shipwrecks and castaways, all very interesting and well researched. The story is full of emotions: love, loss, anger, loyalty, betrayal, happiness. Her books that are set in New Zealand also tell a lot about the Maori, their lifestyle and culture.
As a frequent visitor to New Zealand, having two daughters and their families living there, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all Sarah Lark’s books set there. I have visited many of the areas where the stories have been set and the dramas she has created have felt real. The characters in all the books have been fascinating and I have really enjoyed learning more about the history of the country through the books. The section at the end of each novel describing the research of the story lines has added to my enjoyment and complements the novels so well. I try hard to pronounce all the Maori words correctly but I am sure fail in many cases, as I do when I am in the country! I have really enjoyed reading Fires of Change as I have the series In the Land of the Long White Cloud, the Sea of Freedom Trilogy and the Fire Blossom Saga. I would recommend all the books to anyone who has visited New Zealand, plans to in the future or just enjoys well written stories that also contain actual history.