By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Empire for Liberty
By Terri Sedmak (Vivid Publishing, $34.95, softcover, 486 pages)
If captivating historical fiction—and a family saga at that— is your preference, then this second book in the Liberty & Property Legends series will nicely fit the bill.
Terri Sedmak has again produced a sequel that is rich with characters, where we get the chance to observe the best and worst of humanity, a narrative that’s warmed with humour and romance.
However, it will make for a more enjoyable experience if you read the prequel Heartland: On the Side of Angels.
The second instalment continues the story of Luke Taylor’s journey for justice, introducing intriguing and impertinent lively new characters who shed light on the darkness surrounding betrayal and murder.
Set in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1885, the narrative sets a fast pace.
In the State Penitentiary in Colorado, prisoner Five One Three serving a life sentence is in poor health. Laramie County Sheriff, Cliff, has trouble extracting pertinent information from him.
All the while, Cliff himself is surrounded by controversy with rumours circulating that he and prosecutor, Cam Faraday, have conspired to hide evidence. Disturbing consequences result after motivated journalist Emmaline Roberts is given the task of investigating these claims.
Each chapter tells the story through the eyes of a different ‘person’, well developed – just like in the first. It’s easy to get immersed in the vibrant history, walking along with the individuals, having to remind yourself that they are only fictional. As you are swept into the lives of an engaging Cliff and a feisty Emmaline, you start caring for the characters.
Another emotional rollercoaster is assured with Empire for Liberty, a second instalment in a six-part series.
This Australian author certainly knows how to paint a vivid picture!
Edition 257, 8 February 2012