This is the 5th book in David Hair’s very popular Aotearoa series. Matiu (the powerful adept who is revered and feared in the mystical Aotearoa) goes back to Aotearoa in order to save his best friend Rikki, who has been tricked into passing through the barriers to the past.
This story deals with one of the most deplorable moments in NZ colonial history – the removal, imprisonment and enslavement of peaceful protesters on Parihaka (Taranaki). They were relocated to the coastal cave prisons of Dunedin, where many perished in captivity.
If you have read the first four in the series, you will love this one. Hair notes that #6 will be the final installment.