Near fine condition.Quercus Publishing,2008.First UK paperback edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Large format paperback(two small nicks and creases on the edges of the cover and spine) in near fine condition.Illustrated with a b/w map.Nice and clean pages but with some ink marks and small nick on the outer edges,a couple of creases and ink mark on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book except for the ink marks on the outer edges of the pages.591pp including Select bibliography.First edition-first printing.Heavy book. This is another paragraph Synopsis: Set on the southeast coast of southern Africa in the early 1800s, Walton Golightly's magnificent historical epic tells the story of Shaka, the father of the Zulu nation. An illegitimate and bullied child, Shaka shrugged off his troubled past to become the ruler of one of Africa's mightiest empires. Combining revolutionary military tactics with a frightening thirst for revenge, Shaka was able to conquer great swathes of southern Africa for the Zulu people, creating an empire as powerful and revered as Napoleon's France and Caesar's Rome. Brimful of intrigue, heroism, pageantry, nobility, treachery and some of the most magnificent battle scenes one could hope for, AmaZulu sweeps across the burned hills of South East Africa's interior to tell the story of Shaka's irresistible rise to power. AmaZulu is the first in a trilogy that tracks the birth and growth of the Zulu empire to its ultimate clash with the British empire in 1879 n nFrom the Back Cover nAn empire born. n1818, south east Africa: on the summit of a low hill, encircled by a foe six times their number, fifteen hundred men armed with cowhide shields and short stabbing spears sit and wait as the midday sun blazes overhead. Calm in the face of the horde gathering below, they know it's a good day for dying. but a better one for killing. nAt the centre of their formation a tall, broad-shouldered man surveys his troops. Only at his command will they rise and engage the enemy. He is Shaka, his men are Zulu - the best trained foot soldiers in Africa - and the blood spilled in the coming battle will write the opening chapter of their legend. nAmaZulu sweeps across the burned hills of south east Africa's interior, charting the dawn of the Zulu nation. Aflame with conflict and intrigue, nobility and treachery, it tells the story of an unquenchable thirst for revenge and a genius for warfare that forged an empire as powerful and revered as Napoleon's France or Caesar's Rome. n. a legend forged.