I have read many "first look" excerpts by Wilbur Smith, and I'm always a little bummed that they appear to be a part of a series of one kind or another. "Call of the Raven," however, piqued my interest enough that I might be inclined to read this whole series! This look at the 1840s South seems very interesting and looks to provide a different point of view for readers to consider. Mungo St. John is a well-spoken man and will surely be devoted to his pursuit of Camilla and her safety. I loved reading this "first look" and can't wait to read more!