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The Quest for Cush

(Imaro #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  21 reviews
It begins with the reunion of Imaro and his kidnapped lover Tanisha, who has been taken to the ruined City of Madness. With the help of their new found friend Pomphis, a Pygmay from the eastern forests of Nyumbani, they learn of the sorcerous forces that may have been behind the dark wizard that destroyed Imaro's youth. The trio goes to Mavindi, the port capital of the Eas ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Night Shade Books (first published 1984)
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Mohammed Abdi Osman
This second book built on the Nyumbani world really well. I was so impressed by the world building,the different peoples,the language of the book that fit world so well.

Imaro is himself is a fresh breath. He might be the martial S&S fantasy hero alà Conan but his personal history,his outlook on life is very different.

A Must read this series if you call yourself a fan Sword and Sorcery/Heroic fantasy.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A short take:

Great adventure, awesome monsters, wicked magic, and healthy servings of combat--both armed and otherwise. Saunders builds on his earlier Imaro stories and sends his hero to other portions of the land. The setting is rich, the villains are delicious, and Imaro is magnetic. Saunders even finds room for introspective moments that give each character real weight. These stories represent excellent sword-and-sorcery fiction.

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I am upset that the first two Imaro books, publish
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To find answers about his past, Imaro, his lover, and newfound friend must endure many trials to reach the land of Cush.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sword-n-sorcery
Excellent Sword & Sorcery/ Sword & Soul fiction. Imaro is a hero in the same mold of both Conan and Herakles, but placed in a unique setting, rich in African culture and mythology. The Nightshade books' remastered version of the second book in the saga, puts into perspective the epic conflict in which Imaro's actions will determine the fate of his world.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
the second book in the Imaro series. Saunders does the heroic fantasy riff very well.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Betrayed and abandoned by his people, a peerless warrior seeks to uncover the secrets of his past and future. Imaro's quest leads him to the farthest corners of Nyumbani - to the legendary Cush empire, where the queen is said to have the answers he seeks. But powerful enemies plot against him, hoping to prevent his involvement in the upcoming war...

This novel has an inherent problem: it's a sequel. In the storytelling world, sequels are notoriously difficult. They need to fulfill expectations, c
Derek Fraser
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Man, this is just a fun read. Somethings let me down, like the constant need to remind the reader about everything that already happened, or just general sloppy dialogue but apart from that there's nothing but fun to be had here. One thing I'm appreciative of over the first entry is how Imaro finds exciting new ways to beat his enemies that dont just come from his super strength. don't be me wrong, his strength is the answer to all of his problems, but how he uses it this time around is much mor ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book introduces Imaro's companions as more defined characters. They provide some constant for imaro to interact with on his journeys, but tend to do the thinking and interacting with society for him. This results in Imaro turning from the competent military leader of the previous book to something more like a violent grunting child, unable to understand basic social interactions or navigate society on his own. The setting is further developed, so that is fun.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great follow-up that adds sharp twists on genre tropes. The saga of Imaro takes further shape as he tries to make his way in this rich and lush setting. This is where the story starts to shift from sword and sorcery into epic fantasy as secrets are revealed, the settings' social dynamics come into play and Imaro's youthful inexperience with that world come together.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book, and even better than the first one. My review remains the same as the first, in regards to this being a great book , with a positive pro-African background. If you loved Black Panther, do yourself a favor and read these books.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great fantasy; we need this on the big screen or small. It's just fantastic.
Amon Poston
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Imaro sucht seine Vergangenheit

Hier schreibt einer der Besten der "New Wave" der Fantasy, der zweiten, innovativen Welle der Fantasy der 70er Jahre. Und man merkt es: Vom ersten Absatz an reißt die Geschichte mit, man versinkt in der sehr glaubwürdigen und trotzdem fantastischen Welt Nyumbanis. Der Held des Romans entwickelt sich weiter im Vergleich zum ersten Roman, und trifft auf alte wie neue Freunde und Feinde. Der Pygmäe Pomphis ist eine interessante neue Bekanntschaft und gleicht mit sein
Aug 09, 2008 added it
Shelves: sword-sorcery
The second volume of Imaro’s adventures picks up where the first left off. If you aren’t familiar with Imaro, here’s his story thus far. It takes place in Nyumbani, a fantasy version of Africa. Imaro is from the Ilyassi, a fierce warrior tribe of the plains. But he is an outcast because his father was an unknown man from another tribe. Hounded by evil sorcerers who serve demonic entities, Imaro becomes an exile and a leader of bandits. The Quest for Cush begins in medias res, with Imaro in hot p ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is probably the best sword and sorcery novel I have read in the last decade. Granted I haven't been reading in that genre for awhile, as I did not think there were still works for me to discover that would invoke that same sense of wonder I was given when I first started reading books in this genre. Well, now I stand corrected. Charles Saunders' writing is poetic, but not overly flowery, his plotting and pacing are masterful, and his characters are interesting, varied and believable in thei ...more
Vincent Stoessel
I'll stand this up against any Robert E. Howard sword and sandles epic. Very exotic and cool. Looking forward to the next book
Imaro 2 : The Quest for Cush (Imaro) by Charles Saunders (2007)
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Builds well on the first.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Imaro ll picks up where book one leaves off, and it only adds to this stellar Sword and Soul adventure. A must read!
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
not a fan. it was rather crude and not all that engaging. felt like i was reading bootleg chaka zulu devoid of anything enjoyable.
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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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