Flood of Fire: Ibis Trilogy, Book 3
The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.
One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.
Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Donna828 - LibraryThing
This book answered most of my questions about what had gone on in the first two books of the trilogy. I now understand more clearly how commerce and greed can affect common sense and world affairs ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thejohnsmith - LibraryThing
The third of the Ibis trilogy, this is another thoroughly entertaining and satisfying novel. It has plenty of historical detail and continues the stories, and back stories, of characters that we met in the previous two installments. I've really enjoyed all three volumes. Read full review