I used to think I was bored by fantasy novels, but I think I was bored of elves-and-dwarves-and-orcs, LordAndLadyofWoodyWood, boy magical prodigy fantasy novels.
This one? This was was really really good.
So sure, there’s magic and religion and war, and it’s set on another planet, but this one is different because its grounded in African religions and lore.
It took me a while to get in the swing of things, but once I got the hang of who is who and who did what (and found the glossary in the back of the book) it picked up. I’d get grumpy when my train ride ended and I had to put it away. And I ended up reading the last 150 pages in one sitting.
The sequel to this book, The Shadowed Sun, is on my to-read list.
For those keeping score, the Book Riot Quarterly “try reading new things” box is now 2 for 2.