The Morland Dynasty series is one of the longest running series I’ve read in my life (Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club don’t count). Set in England, this series covers centuries of the one family, the Morlands of Morland Place, near York.
Trying to buy these books in Australia is a difficult task. Very few Dymocks stores stock more than one or two of the series (although I’m sure they would order them in for you). Borders is a bit better, but I’ve never found any in Angus and Robertson. It took me several months to find the first book in the series (at Reader’s Feast, a truly awesome bookstore in Melbourne) and then years searching across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Thank goodness for Book Depository and Amazon in later times – the search was definitely worth it as this series is not only engaging, but an excellent portrayal of major events to occur throughout the ages. (Some books in the series are now available at Kobo for ereaders, but I’m not keen on the prices as yet – same or more than the book!)
As the series has progressed, the time period for each book as become shorter. The Fallen Kings covers 1919 only, the last year of World War I. The book covers the war from the British perspective (both the air force and the army), as well as the roles women played (FANYs, nurses and other work). It also covers the fall of the Russian tsar, Spanish‘flu, votes for women and the immediate aftermath of the war.
I don’t want to give away the character developments to anyone reading the series around this time period, but as is usual with the Morlands, there is tragedy as well as some happy plot developments.
If you’re interested in English history, I highly recommend the Morland Dynasty series. Great stories tied in with real history.
9 out of 10.
You can find out more about the Morlands at Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’ website.