Summary

Saunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre-colonial, alternate Africa. Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of science fiction and fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre. It addresses this both structurally (via its unique setting) and thematically (via its alienated, tribeless hero-protagonist). The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions, and provide a unique perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan.
©2006 Charles Saunders (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Saunders alone has appreciated the potential of Africa as a backdrop for heroic fantasy." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By jamil anthony on 03-04-18

A masterpiece of Fantasy

I am enamored with this book. I can read a book that I like in a day. I took my time reading this book both because it is so good that as the saying goes "Take your pleasure slowly" and the book made my contemplate on my life. This is a must read for fantasy fans!

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By frankcrum on 23-01-18

Good Read

I really liked this book. It is rare to read or listen to an adventure story set in classical Africa, in which the main protagonist is African! This book also does a good job at adding to African/Afro-Diaspora fantasy. It provides a fun way to grow in understanding about the continent of Africa and its people.

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