Done! Proud of myself for finishing in about 3 weeks. I thought it would take me much longer.
I really liked the book a lot. Glad I finally read it & knocked it off my TBR pile. It is a huge book! I really did get sick of holding the darn thing while reading it. An e-version would have served much better, but I like having the actual book in my library, so oh well.
If you don’t like big-ass, historical fiction novels, this is not the book for you. I am partial to really huge books with historical themes, so I had a feeling I would enjoy this book. I also really like Colleen McCullough, who I find very easy to read. Her research is great. I find that she blends the research with the fiction quite well. I often lean towards British history, but also enjoy reading about Australian history.
The book really was a love-letter to Richard Morgan. At times, it seemed like I was reading a diary of his day-to-day life. I enjoyed all of the details of his life before, during and after transport. I felt super-sad when William Henry died, and I feel like I never really recovered from that. It just bothered me the entire book. I rooted for Richard the entire time though, and he as an easy protagonist to like. I wasn’t a big fan of Kitty when she came into Richard’s life toward the end. She was pretty darn boring. But it was like, okay, Richard is happy so I am happy 🙂
My favorite relationship in the novel was that of Richard and Stephen. Loved their friendship! OMG, they reminded me so much of Jamie and Lord John from Outlander. CM does what Diana G. so often fails to do, and that is stop being so damn pedantic and just tell the story. Thus, I felt like the friendship of Richard and Stephen flowed very well.
There are several other CM I would like to read eventually, but maybe the e-version haha!