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Charles R. Saunders, critically acclaimed author of the cult classic Imaro novels, has created yet another heroic-fantasy icon in an Africa of a different place and time. Orphaned at a young age, Dossouye becomes a soldier in the women’s army of the kingdom of Abomey. In a war against the rival kingdom of Abanti, Dossouye saves her people from certain destruction; but a cr ...more
paperback, Perfect-bound Paperback 6 wide x 9 tall, 200 pages
Published April 5th 2008 by Sword & Soul Media (first published 2008)

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Timothy Mayer
Apr 10, 2009 Timothy Mayer rated it it was amazing

Dossouye is the latest book from Black writer Charles Saunders. Not exactly a novel, it's a collection of short stories and novellas, some of which have been published before. Saunders is best known for his books and tales about Imaro, the African hero who wonders across the mythical land of Cush. Most of his stories are based on actual ancient civilizations, much as were Robert E. Howard's. Of course there is a difference: magic and sorcery work.
The stories are about Dossuye, a woman warrior in
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Roxane
May 27, 2008 Roxane rated it really liked it
You would thing that the fact that Charles R. Saunders is a writer and a damn good one at that would be common knowledge by now. The man has been writing since the seventies and despite the lack of literary acknowledgement he has received from the genre, he has kept to it and his fans are glad he did.

One thing I love about Saunders’ work is that he manages to illustrate just to what extent the English language is rich and diverse (and believe compared to languages like French, it’s not ; not tr
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Andrew
Nov 23, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Dossouye is a soldier in the women's army of the nation of Abomey. Just at the point at which she saves her nation from disaster, she goes into exile.
This book is a collection of stories, set in an alternative Africa, following the adventures of Dossouye. Another great sword and soul title from Charles Saunders and recommended reading.
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May 21, 2016 S.E. Lindberg rated it really liked it
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Dossouye, a female version of Imaro in many ways; just as entertaining. A solid entry in the Sword & Soul subgenre by the man who started it, Charles R. Saunders. Highly recommended for fantasy fiction readers.

Sword & Soul & Availability: Charles R. Saunders led the creation of the Sword & Soul sub-genre (under Fantasy). My previous review of Saunder’s more famous, male character Imaro details more about his writing history. In short, he was compelled to create myths stemming fro
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Jordan
May 20, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it
Dossouye is a quick, vibrant read. To merely say it’s sword and sorcery set in Africa would be a disservice. The language is concise yet vivid. And elevating the stories is an underlying existential bleakness.
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Saunders was born in 1946 in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and emigrated to Canada in 1970. He has published science fiction and screenplays, two of which have become feature films. Saunders has also written a radio play, as well as other non-fiction works. He currently works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the author of two recent works of historical non-fiction: Share and Care: The Stor ...more
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