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In this sweeping story of love and loss, fortune and fate, this masterful storyteller recounts the journeys of the McCabe and Skye families, along with the people who shape their lives, as they strive to make good in the penal colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land during the early 1800s. The saga chronicles the two families’ trials and triumphs as their lives come full circle and old secrets are revealed.
The Soldier’s Seed, the first book of the Southern Skyes family saga, is a novel that captures the wide range of relationships between colonial, convict, and indigenous families during the tumultuous events that defined the early penal colonies of Australia.
Nicholas Thomas, a soldier in the New South Wales Corps, loathes his life in Sydney Town and through a series of events he finds himself running from his past to what could be an even worse fate. While pioneering a new settlement in Van Diemen's Land that encounters one problem after another, he struggles to find his true self and identify what he really wants from life until he falls for a woman a soldier shouldn't love - a high-spirited convict - but tragedy leads him to the arms of a beautiful native woman. From these unions arise generations of proud Australians who play their part in forging the Great Southern Land. The story of these courageous men and women, their dreams, their dynasty, and the heritage they share is as unique as the land from which they sprang. Southern Skyes brings Australia's history to life with compelling characters, rendering the Australian landscape in all its rugged magnificence.
The Soldier's Seed is a heart-rending adventure and an exciting introduction to Australian history and the epic Southern Skyes series.
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The Southern Skyes series is focused on the beginnings of settlement in Tasmania, then called Van Diemen’s Land. This first installment focuses on Nicholas Thomas, the soldier whose seed/descendants are the leads in the story. This is a well told story that keeps the history accurate but in the background. I appreciate how Lunn has been faithful in letting the reader see both the good and bad of the English settlement process. Thomas is an interesting character who has plenty of flaws and plenty of pluses. This story obviously lays the foundation for those to come. If they are told with the same skill, they will be worth reading. ~ Amazon Reviewer
Roam the high seas and explore the empty lands called Australia and New Zealand. This novel takes you to the early years, the hardships of those people, the courage that it took to sail thousands of miles to a new land.
Very good storyline and the characters are well developed. You won't be disappointed. Looking forward to getting the next in the series. ~ Amazon Reviewer