Having read the first book in the Renegade Series, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, I was very keen to get stuck into the second book, A Beckoning Hell Fire. I really wanted to know what would happen to David Summers and his family, after the events of the first book.
A Beckoning Hell Fire
During the bloody American Civil War, the stark reality of death leads one young man on a course of revenge that takes him from his quiet farm in northern Alabama to the horrific battlefields of Virginia and Pennsylvania.
On Christmas Eve 1862, David Summers hears the dreaded news: his father has perished at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Reeling with grief and thoughts of vengeance, David enlists and sets off for Richmond to join the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
But once in the cavalry, David's life changes drastically, and his dream of glamorous chivalry becomes nothing but a cold, cruel existence of pain and suffering. He is hurled into one battle after another, and his desire for revenge wanes when he experiences first-hand the catastrophes of war.
A haunting look at the human side of one of America's most tragic conflicts, "A Beckoning Hellfire "speaks to the delusion of war's idealism.
At the end of the first book, we learnt that David's father, Hiram, had died.David is already desperate to join the fight and find adventure. With the added draw of avenging his father's death, it's not long until he sets off to join the army himself.
David convinces his best friend Jake to come with him and join the cavalry. David and Jake soon learn that was isn't the wonderful and glorious adventure that they imagined and that war is a terrible thing. Not only are they faced with death and destruction on the battle field, but the soldiers are starving and living in terrible conditions.
As with the first book, the period and events are really well portrayed. As David faces more trouble, danger and heart break, we are with him every step of the way. Hoping that somehow he will find a way through this terrible nightmare. I quickly devoured this book, desperate to know what would happen to David and his beloved horse, Renegade.
Once I reached the end of this book I was keen to read on to book three and find out what would become of David. If you like historical fiction, I'm sure that you will love this series.