A Land Apart by Ian Roberts

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A Land Apart Historical Novel

A Land Apart
Author: Ian Roberts
Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Historical Fiction
Release date: 1 Jan 2019
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A little About A Land Apart

I do love a good history lesson, I am a firm believer that people who know their history are less likely to repeat it. I was offered this book by publisher via Netgalley, which makes me a happy person. At the moment, I am back to using WordPress Classic, the Gutenberg update is terrible!

Between packing for holiday and working, this book has be hooked. I finished this book in one sitting, sacrificing my sleep for some time with Etienne Brulé. The book also has beautiful black and white landscapes, courtesy of the author. He is the artist and the writer for A Land Apart.


First we have Etienne Brulé, the French who found a home in Wendat (or Wyndat). We also have the French Governor Champion, who is a nice bloke from the looks of things. There is not many characters in the book, but at times can be confusing as important characters can come and go without warning.

This book focuses on a few things: the tribal war between Iroquois and Wendat, the war of territory between French and English and the trade agreements. But most importantly, the issue of diseases and guns. The book touches on all the topics at equal weigh, giving rise to a good read.

Story …

The book starts during a very interesting trade, it is where the author captures my attention. He describes the exhilaration when a Native Indian first held a gun. The scene shifts to the French in Quebec, where we witness some interesting conversations. While Etienne Brulé is the main hero in the book, I have to say that he is not the only one.

Perhaps it is hard to explain without going into detail, but history is rarely a one sided event. To tell a story using only one angle can create bias and distortion, but A Land Apart at least tries to cover all. We could see how guns are affecting our modern lives now, so we can definitely relate to the fear and apprehension when Etienne Brulé first hears about how his enemies get hold of some.


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Aside from the engaging read, this book is also educational. The book might be a for an older teen, but there are definitely a lot of discussion points available. We can actually look at how colonisation had negatively affected the natives. To tell the truth, it is still visible even till today. In Australia, our Aboriginal people (easier than naming all the tribes) have a higher mortality rate in heart infections and diabetes.

Just to prove that one size does not fit all, the British and French mentality that they are better. In fact, the Brits have ruined many lives by kidnapping native children and putting them in other British foster homes, in hopes of civilising them. While now we will rage against it, our ancestors thought that they were doing a good thing.

So as they say… road to hell is paved with good intentions


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