Friday, November 5, 2010

Historic fiction readers get high sea adventure, daring traders, and abolition in Ice King

Iconic image from the British abolition movement
I added my review of Ice King by Geoff Woodland to Historical Novel Review yesterday. I enjoyed the novel very much. It is fast paced and wraps the big historical issue of slavery in a personal drama. Set against the complicated world of trans-Atlantic trade, the Ice King focuses on the economic factors that relied on the Slave Trade and the efforts of abolitionists to establish new economic models that were more humane.

This novel has a broad scope. The action swings between Liverpool, England, Boston, Massachusetts, and the West Indies. Every historical setting is carefully crafted, and having read this novel I feel much more informed about the era of the early 1800s when Great Britain was beginning to disassociate itself from slavery and the young United States was still plagued by the issue. All while the wealthy world relentlessly craved the sugar coming from the slave plantations of the West Indies.

The hero of the novel is Captain William King. He is a capable and creative character. I enjoyed reading a novel in which the hero already had many of his skills established. It was not a story of him gaining experience. It was the adventure of a man applying his experience.

Please enjoy my full review at the Historical Novel Review blog: Ice King by Geoff Woodland review.