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Serving Shaka

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Real page turner - leaves you needing to know what happens next

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 March 2023

Serving Shaka takes our protagonist Richard into an entirely new world that of the emerging Zulu nation. Having immersed the reader into the world of the napoleonic wars and Napoleon’s banishment to St Helena in book 1, where the imagery is so good, you can even feel the rain dripping down your neck, we are now plunged into the heat of the Zulu intertribal wars, what a contrast! As the middle book of a trilogy this book doesn’t disappoint, it allows our “hero” to develop into still a somewhat flawed but increasingly a more understandable character, and I can’t wait to see where the author takes him next…. Third book please…. I really want to know what happens next.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  An excellent read

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2023

In order to create a story such as this around real people, an author must really know his/her subject before they can start to twist it and mould it to suit their narrative.
And Gareth Williams clearly knows his stuff.
A fascinating “what if” novel intertwining fact/faction/fiction.
Buy it.
Read it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Good read

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2022

I enjoyed this second book in the series. Love the characters and story line. Highly recommended.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Lively narrative set among the Zulu tribes

Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 12 November 2022

I really enjoyed Williams’ first novel ‘needing napoleon’ and so was excited when this came out. Again, I was quickly absorbed into the narrative and remained committed to the main character- Richard.
I knew nothing at all about the history of the zulus and so found the novel had taken me to a new (for me) but fascinating time of bloody and colonial history.
I’d say it’s really worth a read- well written with a good pace and attention to detail.
I’m looking forward to the next one of the Richard Davey chronicles. I hope we don’t have to wait too long……

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  A novelist who is clearly also a gifted historian

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2022

I read this author's first novel, and was captivated by his extensive knowledge of his subject and his ability to translate what could be dry and dusty history to the pages of a novel. He makes his characters come alive with a stroke of his pen.

For anyone who loves history with a touch of the personal to lighten it, I recommend this exciting book and this author.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An excellent book by a writer who should stand beside Bernard Cornwell, only Mr Williams is more historically accurate

18 August 2022

Mr Williams is a gifted and thorough historian and this shines through in all his work. I very much enjoyed reading both of his books and would highly recommend them to anyone interested in what really happened as opposed to a romantic view of history. I love nothing more than reading a book in which the events really took place and being able to look them up myself and learn something new.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I really enjoyed it

June 6, 2022

An excellent follow up to Needing Napoleon. Gareth knows how to tell a story.


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