What a gem! What a sensational read! I hadn't head of Clayton before this, and as a first time novelist he remains relatively unknown...BUT...This is a masterful book, researched well and beautifully told. The story of Te Raupraha, a famous Maori chief is told from the perspective of seamen arriving at Kapiti Island to trade. Through their interaction with the fierce Maori chief, the massacre in Banks Peninsula ensues.
The beauty of the book lies in the language Clayton uses, turns on it's head and reworks to describe the unique landscape of New Zealand. This is the book I would send my friends overseas to encourage them to learn more about us.
Wonderful read, exciting new author.