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Meji: Book One (Meji #1)

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Meji Book One Book Description Change: On the Sesu grasslands of the continent of Uhuru, Inkosi Dingane is granted his wish. His Great Wife Shani bears him a son, and heir to his growing empire. But the ancestors have plans of their own. Shani bears him meji, twins boys considered an abomination among the Sesu but a blessing to Shani's people, the Mawena. Thus begins the s ...more
softcover, 230 pages
Published July 19th 2008 by MVmedia, LLC (first published 2008)
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Feb 13, 2011 Roxane rated it really liked it
Meji is a book belonging to the sword-and-soul genre, a fantasy subgenre.

So what exactly is sword-and-soul? Charles R. Saunders who needs no introduction, explains this in his introduction to the second edition of Meji, Book One. As the great man himself says:

"... The potential existed for the conception of many other variations on classic African themes. A limitless number of stories were waiting to be written by other authors. Consider the dozens, if not hundreds, of ways the legend of King A
Kc Joyce
Aug 08, 2014 Kc Joyce rated it it was amazing
So I have a weakness for the genre I refer to as historo-fiction, and it includes embroidered tales of documentedly real historic characters such as in the series by Harold Lamb that encompasses Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and Cyrus the Great of Persia. I also am quite partial to African-American speculative fiction; among my favorites being Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due. What I love about Milton Davis is that his work bridges these genres for me. I know "sword and soul" is a thing, but I think ...more
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Jun 27, 2012 The Urban Book Source rated it it was amazing
By the time one has even finished a couple chapters of new Fantasy novel, Meji, author Milton Davis will have already introduced us to the continent of Uhuru, where in the dark lush pastures of Sesu, Inkosi Dingane is hoping for his wife Shani to bears him an heir to the throne. Shani, in fact, gives birth to twins, of which Meji becomes an important figure to the Mawena tribe. While the one twin struggles to find respect and admiration among his people, the other also struggles to find his plac ...more
Malcolm Petteway
Mar 19, 2011 Malcolm Petteway rated it it was amazing
Milton Davis has opened the door to African mystical fantasy through his powerful storytelling in his Meji series. Meji is presently a two book ride through African history, folklore and mythology; built around two strong and endearing protagonists, Ndoro and Obaseki. Ndora and Obaseki are twins born to the Sesu Inkosi Dingane. But Sesu tradition frowns upon twins as an abomination. In Book One, Ndoro and Obaseki are separated, in order to spare their lives. Ndoro is raised Sesu, and Obaseki is ...more
Nov 18, 2010 D.K. rated it it was amazing
Cursed the day they were born because they were twins, both Obaseki and Ndoro should have been killed. Their father, who wished to have a son more than anything, ordered the death of one of the boys. At great risk to the twins’ mother, Shani, and her two servants, Ndoro and Obaseki were rescued and taken to the village of their grandfather. He faked the death of one son, Obaseki, and gave the other, Ndoro, to his father.

Though shun by his people, Ndoro grew to be a great warrior, while his broth
Dec 01, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I owned this book for a few years and never got around to taking the time to read it. This I took the time and I was pleasantly pleased with the story i found in the pages. Meji tells the story of a set of twins born to a powerful tribal chief in a fictional African country. The Sesu tribe have been led to believe that the birth of twins is a bad omen and must be killed. The mother of the twins tribe believes that twins are a Blessing and secrets away the twins to her native land. Thus begins th ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of sword-and-sorcery fantasy
This fantasy is set in an alternate Africa. The various tribes and their cultures are very well developed, and the effect of culture on personality and goals shows through well. Lots of action. The African-influenced setting (as opposed to the common medieval Europe setting) makes this book fresh and unpredictable. This book is self-published and can be ordered at
Balogun Abeegunde
Fantastic read! Milton Davis is a master storyteller and delivers Sword & Soul in a powerful and entertaining package. Deep, soulful, thought-provoking and enjoyable. This is fantasy at its best!
Apr 28, 2015 PickinDavis rated it it was amazing
Exceptional. The best fantasy I've read in a long while. Feb 1, 2014
Scott Seydel
Definately the open salvo of a high-powered, well studied,action packed adventure writer that will send your adults to the library to study the maps, tribes, rituals, and spirits of their ancestry.
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Milton Davis is owner of MVmedia, LLC , a micro publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of eight novels; his most recent The Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword ...more
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