Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set. Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Wilbur Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the.

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They are attacked by the tribal warriors and Manyoro is shot in the thigh.

Courtney carries Manyoro for 3 days to a mountain fortress where Manyoro’s mother lives. More books from this author: Glimpses of African tribal life and African history were indeed of interest,but the paternalism and obvious glorification of Britain rather intruded.

View all 3 comments. This page was last edited on 1 Augustat They are war-mongerers but subjects of the greater evil which is being dealt with by the British army in Africa. Smith ups the ante in this Courtney novel, lucky number thirteen, which has very fluid ties to its predecessor. The relationship asdegai Leon and Manyoro is both humorous at times and deeply moving at others. None of the characters even the leads were anything worth rememberingand it was all very “basic” character development.

I know the glorification is historically correct but I wish there had been a moment when the book agrees on what a cruel and awful thing it is in reality, instead of, well, completely forgetting about it at asseagi point.


This sparked my curiosity about these people, and I found out a little diamond on Youtube: Leon CourteneyPenrod Ballantyne. Assegai is one of the 13 novels in the saga of the Courtney family, which spans the five hundred years beginning in the s. Another Wilbur Smith classic, love the ability to be transported off into a different world in a different era.

Assegai by Wilbur Smith

Jul 23, Erin rated it it was amazing. I can only hope the last to date novel in the Courtney series, which awaits me, is as detailed and enjoyable as this. Books by Wilbur Smith.

Jul 04, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ilove stories about Africa and I was so looking forward to reading this. The book clocked in at over pages, but all in all it was assrgai quick read and didn’t take that long to finish.

The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy

A fabulous tale set in Kenya and Nyasaland before the first World War, when shooting animals was a thing. As the novel moves closer and closer to the beginning of WWI, the hunting gives space to a historic spy-novel plot that is just as interesting and well crafted as the portion wilburr focuses on the hunting.

None of the characters even the leads were anything worth re Wilbur Smith has enthralled me in the past. The characters Liked none of them. I zssegai quite lose myself in this book, but I asseegai it was only due to the description of so many animals being killed.


Yes, hunting wilbut big rifles was kind of cowardly even back then, but a big lion running at you is still a big lion running at you, whether you’re armed with a rifle or not, and after you miss a couple of shots, my guess is your adrenaline kicks in have you seen the movie “The revenant”?

To say the least, Leon Courtney is hard to believe, as is his love, the extraordinary young woman whom we first meet as Eva von Wellberg.

At least we are told he is. The setting for this book is World War 2, the heroine,Saffron, determined and beautiful and strong and brave. This is particularly egregious because the laws snith physics say that the same force was applied to the shooter, who is not thrown back. See more by Wilbur Smith.

But I finished it,and passed it on quickly,with a disclaimer. Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: The plot revolves around Leon Courtney, 19 y. This gent is a proven story teller for sure. As a novel, Assegai is far from perfect. Levy rated it liked it.