Daughter of the Sky (Paperback)
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The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don't accede to their outrageous demands. The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour. With no idea why the British are marching three massive columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk. But the life he's gambling with isn't his own . . .The sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Zululand coast, 15 year-old Elizabeth Jones is taken in by the Zulus, the people of the sky. Six years later, her white skin becomes useful to the Zulu army as they try to work out why the Victorian Empire has pointed their war-machine at the Zulu nation. Elizabeth is suddenly Zululand's most important spy.While infiltrating the British camp, Elizabeth's disguise as a young soldier is uncovered almost immediately by Captain Jack Burdell. However, he believes the tale she spins of searching for a missing brother and shields her from discovery, allowing her to bunk in his tent and giving her a job as his batman. Burdell is war-weary and disillusioned - no longer willing to follow regulations at all costs.But as Elizabeth and Jack explore their growing attraction to each other, the two armies move towards their inevitable clash. Elizabeth is torn between the guilt of betrayal and her fierce loyalty to her Zulu family, and when Zulu and British meet on the battlefield, both she and Jack find their hearts and their lives caught in the crossfire.
About the Author
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes IN A TREACHEROUS COURT and KEEPER OF THE KING'S SECRETS & IN DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN. She is also the author of historical novels THE EMPEROR'S CONSPIRACY and BANQUET OF LIES, set during the Napoleonic Wars in London. Her fantasy novels include MISTRESS OF THE WIND and THE GOLDEN APPLE. Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.