Sunday, 2 April 2017

#bookreview ~ To Kill For Land (The Stolen Years Book 5) #histfic


To Kill For Land

(The Stolen Years #5)

Ryn Shell

Do you crave a good, old-fashioned yarn? 

This novel from the author of To Kill for a Ghost is exactly that: an engrossing story of love and adventure in Australia, complete with gorgeous landscape. That i t is also the best kind of contemporary historical novel – the kind that teaches you something about the real people and events of the time as a bonus. 

Teenage Jarrah and Emily come of age in this novel of crime, betrayal, resilience, love and Australia.

What did I make of the book?

In the Australian outback land is everything — but is it worth killing for?

Jarrah may be young, but he is determined to straddle the two opposing worlds of his heritage. But if he embraces the Aboriginal culture he will lose his most beloved friend, Emily.

There is nothing Emily would not do for Jarrah. She understands his obligations to his heritage, and she knows that the two of them could never be, but she shares his dreams and will do anything to make them come true.

To Kill For Land takes you on a breathtaking journey of post-war Australia. I have to admit I am a big fan of Ryn Shell's books. I know what I am going to get when I open a book by Ryan Shell and that is wonderfully real characters,  a beautiful setting and a strong, engaging plot that will keep me turning those pages.

To Kill For Land is book 5 in The Stolen Year Series, but it works incredibly well as a standalone. But, I think you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not start with book 1. I am truly captivated by The Stolen Year Series, and I cannot recommend this series enough. It is just fabulous.

I Highly Recommend.

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About the author
From one of Australia's finest storytellers comes historical fiction stories of crime, betrayal, mystery and love.

​With family connections to the Pallawa Aboriginal Tasmanians and Australia's first European settlers, septuagenarian Ryn writes with the cultural understanding and experience of an elder who has listened to the oral histories of people closely connected to country in Australia and the Pacific.

While Ryn writes about resilience and love, don't expect sweet romance. Her focus is on the coming-of-age adventure, and of course, history. She even challenges NASA's version of the supposedly "safe return" of Skylab.

During her career as a fine artist, Ryn spent decades researching and verifying the historical background to the books she would write. In 2010, Ryn set aside a fifty-year successful art career to write full-time. It is Ryn's family's hope that a more factual history of the land might emerge from the recorded inaccuracies concerning the colonial invasion of Australia and many Pacific Islands.

For the latter part of 2016, Ryn is taking a sabbatical from historical fiction novel writing, to assist fellow authors and bloggers with marketing, and to study and merge her existing traditional fine art skill with the latest graphic design know-how and tools. About the author

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