4 stars says C.R. May for Clash of Empires

As other reviewers have already stated, this book deals with the events in North America during the seven years war, the French and Indian war as it has become known in America. The storyline largely follows a settler of Irish stock, Thomas Mallory, and his extended family. One of the best parts for me was the way in which the author showed the degree of intermingling between the various peoples who inhabited the American frontier at that time. It is always easy to view history through the prism of the official accounts: two sides who never meet except in conflict, in this case the French and their Indian allies vying for control of the Ohio valley against the British, their own colonists and tribal allies. I was also pleased that this book took the story beyond the fall of Quebec and French Canada to include Pontiac’s war. Obviously book two will deal with the early part of the Revolutionary War, and this was an important prelude to that conflict. How Thomas and his family will fare during that traumatic time remains to be seen, but I am looking forward to finding out.


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