Warlock – Wilbur Smith
Warlock is a 1981 historical fiction novel by Wilbur Smith, set in South Africa in the early 1800s. It is the second book in the Courtney series, and follows the adventures of Thomas Courtney, the son of Hal Courtney, the protagonist of the previous novel, Birds of Prey.
Thomas Courtney is a young man who is eager to prove himself. He joins the British army and is sent to fight in the Kaffir Wars. Thomas is a skilled soldier and a brave leader, and he quickly rises through the ranks.
Thomas Courtney is eventually given command of a small fort on the frontier. The fort is constantly under attack from the Kaffirs, and Thomas must use all of his skills and experience to defend his men.
One day, Thomas Courtney is captured by the Kaffirs. He is tortured and interrogated, but he refuses to give up any information. Thomas is eventually released, but he is a changed man. He is now haunted by the memories of his time in captivity.
Thomas Courtney returns to the fort and continues to fight against the Kaffirs. However, he is now a more cautious and calculating leader. He knows that the Kaffirs are a formidable enemy, and he is determined to defeat them.
Thomas Courtney eventually leads his men to victory over the Kaffirs. He is hailed as a hero, and he is promoted to the rank of colonel. However, Thomas is a changed man. He is now a hardened veteran of war, and he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect his people.
Warlock is a thrilling adventure novel that is full of action, suspense, and romance. It is a story about courage, determination, and the cost of war.
The novel explores a number of themes, including:
- The cost of war
- The importance of leadership
- The power of love
- Thomas Courtney: A young British officer who is sent to fight in the Kaffir Wars.
- Colonel Charles Russell: Thomas Courtney’s mentor and commander.
- Grace Russell: Charles Russell’s daughter, who Thomas falls in love with.
- Chief Hintsa: The leader of the Kaffir tribe.
Warlock was a critical and commercial success upon its publication. It was praised for its fast-paced plot, its well-developed characters, and its exciting action sequences. The novel has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 2 million copies.
Warlock is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and adventure novels. It is a thrilling and exciting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
- historical fiction
- well-developed characters
- exciting action sequences