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'Zululand' by Oliver Strong

Book Description

“Frederic Augustus Thesiger, 2nd Baron of Chelmsford and Major General of Her Majesty’s Royal Army, accepts a commission in the Cape Colony after the tragic death of his wife and child.

Princess Nkosazane kaMpande, daughter of Zulu King Cetshwayo, flees Ulundi to the Buffalo River rather than endure a forced marriage to her father’s half-brother.

The pair discover a historic connection on the plains of Africa, much to scandal, disgust and outrage from Cape Town to Ulundi. It’s not long before plotters on both sides conspire to usurp their bond.”

Zululand is a BWWM, historical fiction/romance based in 1880's colonial South Africa.


Review for 'Zululand' by Oliver Strong. 

Read and reviewed for Oliver Strong. 

Publication date 11th December 2022.

This is the third book I have read by this author. I have also read Frank Midgette's Case Files: The Dead Pan which and 'The School Of Hard Knocks' which I would also highly recommend!! 

This novel consists of 10 chapters. 

This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonist is Frederic Augustus Thesiger and Princess Nkosazane kaMpande. The benefits of third person perspective with multiple protagonists are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. 

This book did take me a little while to get into but once it started picking up in speed I just could not put it down!! It is filled with romance, war, regency, history, tension, suspense, heartbreak and love. It is a unique storyline and I loved discovering more about the Zulus and Zululand. It was fascinating discovering the different ways they do things. I love that we get to see from both Frédéric and Nkosazane's points of views as we get to see everything that is going on. I'm always a bit dubious with books based historically as I worry about not being able to 'deal' with the language used but I absolutely love how Oliver has written his book. The language used is perfectly suited to the era whilst being easy to read. The atmosphere and descriptions were perfect. The fact that Oliver has done his research absolutely shines through. There's not much worse than reading a book littered in errors as the author hasn't done their research in the area they are writing about but you don't have to worry about that with this book. It is heartbreaking how hard it is just to be able to marry the person that you love and it definitely makes me realise how lucky I am not to live in an era, area or in royalty where it is so complicated. I love how Oliver would describe the characters as animals such as Nkosazane being a springbok, Cetshwayo as a hippo and Frédéric as a lion as they described them perfectly. 

The characters are all strong and realistic and Oliver's descriptions really bring them to life. I love how Nkosazane is such a strong female protagonist. She does not stand and is so unapologetic, a true female role model!! She fights throughout the book to live the life that she wants and be with the man she wants to be with. I also loved Frédéric and how passionate he was about Nkosazane. I could not stand several of the characters such as Nkosazane's father Zuku King Cetshwayo who treated his daughter as an object for trade, the Zulu Nkosazane was meant to marry Dabulamanzi who also treated Nkosazane as nothing but an object as well as the way he spoke to her, Soepenberg who treated Nkosazane and others as nothing but a way to earn money and Sarah who was jealous of Nkosazane and who wanted Frédéric to herself. I absolutely loved the witch doctor Xhegu who made me laugh a few times with his attitude. Regardless of whether you love or hate them these characters come together perfectly to make an absolutely fascinating storyline. 


Congratulations Oliver on yet another fantastic book!! Here's to your next success 🥂 

Overall a fascinating historical romance filled with romance, war, hate, love, Zulus and a witch doctor that will keep you up until you have finished. 

Genres covered in this book include Historical Fiction, Romance Novel, Victorian Historical Romance, Romance Fiction and Multicultural Romances amongst others. 

252 pages

This book is just £4.89 to purchase on kindle, free on kindle unlimited and £9.78 in paperback via Amazon at time of review which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

Rated 5/5 (I LOVED it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. 

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Oliver Strong is an independent author, based in the UK, with over 10 books self-published in the Sci-Fi genre.

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Oliver Strong
Jan 19, 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words ❤️ May God bless you and your family and send you all a prosperous new yer.

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