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Ridgeway An Historical Romance of the Fenian Invasion of Canada   By: (1815-1896)

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Ridgeway: An Historical Romance of the Fenian Invasion of Canada by Scian Dubh is a captivating historical novel that sheds light on a lesser-known but significant event in Canadian history. Set against the backdrop of the Fenian Invasion of Canada in 1866, the book intertwines romance, adventure, and the struggles faced by a nation on the brink of war.

The author, Scian Dubh, brings the era to life through his meticulous research and vivid storytelling. The story follows the lives of various characters, both ordinary citizens and historical figures, who find themselves caught up in the turmoil of the Fenian threat. From the very first page, the reader is transported back in time to experience the tension and uncertainty that permeated the Canadian landscape during this tumultuous period.

What sets Ridgeway apart from other historical novels is its ability to balance historical accuracy with elements of romance and fiction. Dubh skillfully weaves together the personal journeys of his characters with the larger historical narrative. The relationships between the characters are complex and heartfelt, adding depth and richness to the story. The romance, although not the central focus, enhances the overall reading experience, providing a human perspective amidst the political and military struggles.

Furthermore, the author's attention to detail is commendable. The descriptions of the Fenian Invasion, the battle of Ridgeway, and the societal atmosphere of the time are vividly portrayed. Dubh's research is evident in the accurate portrayal of historical figures, such as John O'Neill and Sir John A. Macdonald. This level of authenticity adds credibility to the overall narrative and enhances the reader's understanding of the events that unfolded during this critical moment in Canadian history.

Despite its strengths, Ridgeway does have a couple of minor shortcomings. At times, the pacing feels a bit uneven, with certain sections moving too quickly, while others could benefit from a slightly faster pace. Additionally, some readers may prefer a more focused exploration of the historical events rather than the inclusion of romantic subplots. However, these minor flaws do little to detract from the overall quality of the book.

In conclusion, Ridgeway: An Historical Romance of the Fenian Invasion of Canada by Scian Dubh is an engaging and well-researched historical novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into a pivotal moment in Canadian history. With its blend of romance, adventure, and historical accuracy, this book will captivate both history enthusiasts and lovers of fiction alike. Dubh's ability to bring the past to life through his compelling characters and narrative ensures that Ridgeway is a must-read for anyone interested in Canadian history and the human experiences that emerge from it.

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[Transcriber's Note: The nonstandard spellings of the original have been retained in this etext.]






" On our side is virtue and Erin; On theirs' is the Saxon and guilt ." MOORE.



In the dark, English crucible of seven hundred years of famine, fire and sword, the children of Ireland have been tested to an intensity unknown to the annals of any other people. From the days of the second Henry down to those of the last of the Georges, every device that human ingenuity could encompass or the most diabolical spirit entertain, was brought to bear upon them, not only with a view to insuring their speedy degradation, but with the further design of accomplishing ultimately the utter extinction of their race. Yet notwithstanding that confiscation, exile and death, have been their bitter portion for ages notwithstanding that their altars, their literature and their flag have been trampled in the dust, beneath the iron heel of the invader, the pure, crimson ore of their nationality and patriotism still flashes and scintillates before the world; while the fierce heart of "Brien of the Cow Tax," bounding in each and every of them as of yore, yearns for yet another Clontarf, when hoarse with the pent up vengeance of centuries, they shall burst like unlaired tigers upon their ancient, and implacable enemy, and, with one, long, wild cry, hurl her bloody and broken from their shores forever... Continue reading book >>

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