I loved losing myself in this adventure story based in 19th century Alaska and seeing life through the eyes of the main characters: Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester and his wife Sophie. The deftly described secondary characters - native Americans, trappers, prospectors and disillusioned soldiers - also help bring the tale alive; as does the present day correspondance between one of Forrester's great nephews and a curator in a small-town Alaskan museum. What really makes it so spell-binding, though, are the beautiful descriptions of nature and the odd touch of the supernatural which Forrester comes across on his voyage into the wilderness. One of my best reads of 2016!
Thank you, Netgalley, for providing me with an electronic copy to read and review.