Tane’s War by Brendaniel Weir (Cloudink Press, 2018), 352 pp., $29.95
From the outset I was intrigued by the title of this book: Tane’s War. The idea of Tāne, the atua of the forest and the realm of peace, seemed to conflict with the idea of war – the domain of Tūmatauenga. This was enough to spark my interest to open the enticing red cover of the debut novel by Brendaniel Weir.
Tane’s War spans two time periods and locations: the Great War in Europe, and rural Auckland in 1954. The consistent character across the two storylines is Tane. We follow him in his youth as he flees from family shame and the law, travels by ocean to Europe as a soldier, and there forms a bond with a British officer, a relationship that must be concealed in a setting where manliness and heroism are prized. [Read more…]