BLOOD IN THE DUST by Bill Swiggs
Source: Publishers via Readers First
Publisher: Zaffre Books
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 19th September 2019
“1853, Victoria, Australia. Five bushrangers led by the murderous outlaw Warrigal Anderson raid a small homestead. When they ride away, nineteen-year-old Toby O’Rourke’s life is changed forever. His parents lay dead at his feet and his brother, Patrick, is badly wounded.
But Toby O’Rourke is made of steel forged in the hardship of colonial life. Forced into adulthood, he and Patrick will seek to restore the family fortunes and outwit not only the rich businessman who conspired to rob them of their birth right, but the vicious men who murdered their parents.”
My Thoughts & Review
Blood in the Dust is a book set during the Australian Gold rush. When I first read the synopsis and the first impressions I was instantly drawn to the book. I love Australia and I love reading books that are set in the country.
This is a story about tragic events that happen to a family in Victoria, Australia in 1853. We follow the journey of Toby and Peter O’Rourke, two brothers who are trying to get their lives back on track after their parents are killed, and their home has been taken by a greedy business man.
I found this to be a beautifully well written. It was fast paced and very easy to read. It kept me wanting to read to the very end. There are some wonderful characters in this book, from the two brother to the family they meet and even the enemies. My favourite characters were Toby and Paddy, I felt sorry for them, but at the same time I was routing for them to have some good luck. But in particular I felt sorry for Paddy, who becomes mute after the attack on his family and himself at the start of the book.
I wouldn’t have necessarily picked this book up on my own but now that I have read it, I can truly say it was a great read. I’ve already recommended this one to some friends and have also discussed it with a member of staff at my local library who is going to try and get a copy for the library which would be so great. I highly recommend this book.
I would like to thank the publisher’s Zaffre Publishing’s and Reader First for my physical review copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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