Book Review – Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof

GLKINDLETitle: Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof
Genre: Fiction – Historical fiction
Length: 726 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: November 30, 2015
Publisher: White Stag, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 4/5

Great Lakes, the novel is a tale as wide and deep as the lakes themselves; a rare combination of history, romance and, “what just might have been,” rolled into a read so fascinating it is literally impossible to put down.

From the earliest days of the old “wind wagons” to the steel behemoths of today, Great Lakes, sails into the drama, mystery and outright treachery of the dark side of navigating the lakes. Screaming “nor’easter’s” and back-stabbing corporate boardrooms all form part of the novel’s captivating saga of the sweetwater seas.

As an historian reading “historical novels” has always been like scraping fingernails down chalkboards for me. The plot may have been believable but the scope of the times was so misunderstood and characters mere poorly constructed cardboard cutouts, the book invariably collapsed of its own ponderous ineptness.

By contrast Great Lakes, is everything a historical novel should be; rich in history with an overarching storyline balancing nicely between fact and fiction, believable characters, a narrative rarely told; all set against a backdrop that while we think we understand it, surprises keep emerging from the shadows.

Great Lakes, the novel is certain to become a classic for the inland Seas.

~~ Fred Stonehouse


TGIF! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof. Thank you to the author and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas is a historical saga centering around the Great Lakes and the Gilster family.

I am generally a fan of historical fiction but I have only read a few that centered around seafaring life so I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. I went into my reading of it without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find that I rather enjoyed reading it. It is definitely NOT light reading as it definitely is a story that is epic in scope and has a bit of length to it as well. I have read books about families but I don’t believe that I have ever read a family saga and I must say that I rather quite liked it.

I loved the writing. I am a huge fan of detailed and somewhat dense writing. I love the storytelling aspect that we get from that kind of writing that really builds up the world and paints a history rife with descriptive elements and events, I especially enjoy this in fictional stories that are based on historical events or settings. That really makes a story like this feel real to me. This book had that kind of writing and I really enjoyed it.

While I can’t say that I am a great fan of maritime literature, I can definitely attest to the fact that I thought this book enjoyable – there were quite a few aspects that I enjoyed like the danger and the romance that this type of lifestyle possessed.  I ended up giving it four stars because I enjoyed it greatly. I will admit that I didn’t get into right away with the prologue but I did start getting into it in the first chapter so that is still pretty good! I think historical fiction fans, especially of lengthy dramatic historical fiction sagas would definitely enjoy this! You can purchase a copy at one of the links below!


About the AuthorLK!

AUTHOR BIO:  Lilly Kirckof is a Mechanical Piping Estimator and builds cars in her spare time. She recently completed, with help, an “Eleanor” Mustang from “Gone in 60 Seconds.” She is a certified Nitrox diver under Richie Kohler and an SCCA GT1 race car driver. She is currently writing her next fiction novel.




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