After reading the book, the editors wrote:
This is a fictional account of the Battle of Culloden, where Scottish Highlanders under Prince Charles Edward Stuart valiantly fought and died in an attempt to recapture the crown. In these pages, the author addresses the ever-present question, “Why did the Highlanders go into battle hungry and virtually unarmed?” and sheds some light as to its answer. In vivid, descriptive language and a remarkable talent for capturing the Scottish language and brogue, the author engages the reader from the outset.
“Survival of the Blood” is about the clans before, during and after the battle. Nearly all who fought died either in the battle or just afterward. Only a few were taken prisoner and they were either killed or if young and healthy enough, sent to other countries, Nova Scotia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and the American colonies where they were sold as slaves. With one single incident, thousands of years of belonging to and being a part of a clan was destroyed. It was a time of desolation and sadness, but, the worst is yet to come.