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When the Lion Feeds

Something always dies when the lion feeds and yet there is meat for those that follow him.' The lion is Sean, hero of this tremendous drama of the men who took possession of South Africa in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Book 1 in the Courtney Series.

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'What is it?' Sean felt the first tingle of alarm.

'N'yoni', said Mbejane softly and Sean saw them. A dark pall, still so far off that they could not distinguish the individual birds: only a shadow, a thin dark shadow in the sky. Watching it Sean was suddenly cold in the hot noonday sun. He started to run.

Brothers by birth. Enemies by blood.

Natal, 1860; the Courtney twins are born. Heirs to their father's fortune, destiny divides the boys from the start - Garrick is eager to stay indoors with a book and escape the hardships of cattle-rearing, while Sean, strong and much-loved, wants to try his hand at everything.

When Garrick is forced to take ownership of their farm, Sean must explore the opportunities awaiting him: the rush and horrors of the Zulu Wars, the women who will fall for his charms, the rise and fall of gold fever and the deadly thrills of big game hunting on the African plains. But will Sean's adventures really be his making – and at what ultimate cost . . .?

A Courtney Series adventure – Book 1 in the When the Lion Feeds trilogy.

Reviews

Plenty of incident and colour.
The Observer
Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together. . .
The Daily Telegraph
Wilbur Smith has built up his wide-screen adventure story with energy and shrewdness.
The Sunday Times
Mr. Smith is a natural story-teller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitement.
The Scotsman
A very impressive book in its wide scope and its descriptive colour.
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Publication date ISBN Format RRP
2018-05-01 9781499860009 Paperback $16
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The 'Courtney' novels trace the fortunes, and misfortunes, of this sprawling, ambitious family, from the dawn of the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, starting with When The Lion Feeds. The Triumph of the Sun brings the Courtneys and the Ballantynes together, in Egypt, and Assegai continues the Courtney saga in East Africa just prior to the outbreak of World War I. . .