Liberty's Children

David More

Liberty’s Children is the third of the Smithyman novels.

Book One, The Eastern Door, introduced Billy Smithyman, a tall, handsome English-Irish immigrant to the New York colonial frontier. Billy becomes a fur trader, Indian warrior, soldier, landowner, and member of the Governor’s Executive Council. As he builds a relationship of trust with the Indians through his fur trading business, he falls in love with beautiful, influential and deadly Laura Silverbirch, niece of revered Mohawk war Chief Emperor Marten. Billy struggles to achieve fortune, fame and happiness in the face of war, corruption in high places, and the hatred of lifelong enemy Edward Stoatfester.

Book Two in the series, The Lily and the Rose, introduces several characters from New France whose lives gradually intertwine with those of the Smithyman clan during the Seven Years’ War in North America. Hippolyte de St-Rémy is a young French Canadian soldier who becomes sickened by frontier warfare. As he rises through the ranks of the French colonial forces, he steals the heart of violet-eyed Gabrielle, who leaves her husband, the sinister French Indian agent Joncaire, to go to Hippolyte’s side. Hippolyte’s half-Ojibway stepbrother Pierre-Martin is a coureur-de-bois, a runner of the woods, whose allegiance since his father’s death has been to his family and his own survival, rather than to the thoroughly corrupt regime governing New France.

Liberty’s Children extends this saga sixteen tumultuous years, from shortly after the end of the war (the French and Indian War, if you’d prefer) through 1777, a decisive period in world history. This book, as its title suggests, begins to focus on the boys and girls who are offspring of the characters introduced in the first two novels. Variously aged, and from a variety of backgrounds, they are all growing up in an environment so completely different from the one their parents lived in as to almost make them from different cultures.