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David Mogo Godhunter

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  691 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Nigerian God-Punk - a powerful and atmospheric urban fantasy set in Lagos.

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Abaddon
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Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a Nigerian girl, all my life I read fantasy books by white writers and always understood it no matter how it was written. I was almost misdirected by reviews of white readers of this book. Most of them don't seem "to get it." They DNF it at 25% and have the guts to put long commentary on the book, they even go as far as rating a book they didn't finish. Who the hell does that?!?

Enough of this negative talk, here is why you should read David Mogo, Godhunter.

1- It’s a pleasurable adventure. A d
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The gods rained from the sky in a deluge known as the Falling, and Lagos will never be the same again. Godhunter David Mogo, half god himself, has taken on a job way about his pay grade and now everything he holds dear is in danger etc etc.

Split into three interlinked sections, this follows a pretty typical path of self discovery. Yet what starts out as a decent intro quickly morphs into torturous internalising, over explanation, repetition, and a serious lack of forward momentum. Even the figh
K.J. Charles
Absolutely genius idea--the gods have come to Lagos and they aren't very nice. David Mogo is a half orisha half human godhunter, who starts off trying to deal with the weird godling creatures that infest the city, and ends up getting into a full blown war.

The worldbuilding, steeped in both Nigerian and other African myth and in Lagos itself, is fantastic and the dialogue in particular terrifically vivid. I love the different gods, and the way David's found family grows around him. I kind of wan
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 33%

While "David Mogo, Godhunter" started off on the right foot with a Nigeria-set "Phillip Marlowe meets 'American Gods'" atmosphere, I was put off by many of its writing decisions that became more and more obstrusive as it went along.

What worked: the setting and world-building. The story takes place in modern-day Nigeria a few years after an event called The Falling, when gods had been kicked out of their pantheon and are now forced to roam the surrounding the region of Lagos. David Mogo
Lara Kareem
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been peppering my friend Amyn about my feelings when it comes to this book (which I completely adore) all day, because of how an ethnic group of people have decided to copy and paste each other’s review, with many of them not finishing reading the book and giving it 2 stars ratings on Goodreads. I really hope lots of Nigerians pick up this book to read and share their thoughts about it on Goodreads with good ratings, to bump it’s ratings up fairly.

This book is so good and magically, in my
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Urban Fantasy is not a genre that i hold in the highest esteems. There's something about fine tuning mythology that just makes me unable to relate to the genre. That being said, i'm not going to hate on a well written book simply because of the genre.
This book started out great and crash landed into terrible. It was insane how much of a 360 it did in terms of going from good to bad.
📍The Bad

📌Suyi Davies drags out this story in ways it should not have been dragged out for. Honestly if the story ha

Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it

Future Publication Date: July 9th, 2019

Execution: ⭐⭐⭐
Enjoyment: ⭐⭐⭐

Key Descriptors: Gods, Godpunk, Novellas, Urban Fantasy, African Fantasy, Nigeria, Lagos, OwnVoices

Applicable /r/Fantasy Bingo Squares: Novella (hard mode), Twins (hard mode), #OwnVoices

Premise: The heavens have burst and the gods have fallen. Some are minor pests, mere godlings, but some are high gods with unknown magics and powers. David Mogo, a half-god, contracts himself out to the people of Lagos to help with godling infesta

Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are some books that remind me just why I love SFF so much, and this is one of them. David Mogo, Godhunter has a wonderful balance of believable characters in fantastical situations and entertaining adventures that speak to realistic dilemmas and issues. Every time I picked this book up, I found myself drawn into the story and world, often reading for much longer than I had planned. I am really looking forward to reading more from this author!

Some specific things I loved:
-David's voice, whi
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok

Described as a Nigerian god-punk, Okungbowa’s David Mogo sounded like something I absolutely had to read. The story, told through the first-person POV of titular Godhunter, dives into Orisha mythology. The story develops on the street Lagos. As European I found the setting fascinating and exotic.

David works freelance hunting lesser godlings. It turns out a powerful wizard plans to use one of his catches to seize control of the city. David has to fix his mistake and save the day.

I like the
Julia Sarene
The publisher calls this God-Punk - that is a bit to detailed or me, so I'll go with either Urban Fantasy or Dystopia...

While David Mogo wasn't just as fast paced and fun as some of my other favourite UFs, the fresh setting, and different tone and voice more than made up for it!
I've seen some other reviews complaining about too much introspection and not enough action, and I can't say I consciously noticed that or was in any way bothered.

I did really like the main character and especially his Pa
temi ★

[this has bad reviews, but idc idc 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾]
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I recieved thus ARC for review from Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing (thank you so much!) I enjoyed these stories very much. It's always awesome to see yourself represented in a story.

The code switching was very interesting to see. It's something that I have to do in my life as well. Seeing the main character use it was relatable.

The was tons of action and description. Some might say info dumpy, but I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to learn a little bit about the some of the Gods of Lagos a
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Trigger Warnings Implied predator / Implied torture / 'Curing' of Speech-Impaired Character

David Mogo, Godhunter is an interesting own voices fantasy novel set in our world, that with a bit of extra attention could have been great. Instead it flies just short of falling flat.

I was quite honestly very excited for this book. I mean it is an own voices book when it comes down to the culture. Lagos, Nigeria is where the author comes from and just that alone is something that sets this book apart. A
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

this was so much fun! it was action packed, fast paced, and filled with mythology. however, i found myself not emotionally invested in the characters due to the focus of plot and worldbuilding. overall, a solid read and i cannot wait to read more of suyi davies okungbowa's works in the future.
A Nigerian urban fantasy set after a godpocalypse, I think this would make an epic graphic novel. It’s full of superhuman feats, raging gods and gritty endurance. It’s really three novellas stacked together rather a novel, though, which left me frustrated as I found it light on character and lacking depth in service to packing in all the action. However, Okungbowa has a strong vision, and I’m curious to see what he dreams up in future.
Everything about this book intrigued me. I was so excited to see Urhobo representation in this book too, which is super rare.

I definitely want to read everything Suyi Davies Okungbowa writes. This is how you write Nigerian-inspired fantasy, my goodness! 😍
Nov 15, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Dora Okeyo
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
David Mogo is a demigod. His mother is the god of war and chaos and his father, well, he was just a common man- a mortal which is why he hunts gods and godlings, because his essence can sense their presence. And also their presence in Lagos causes nothing but chaos for human beings and he is not pleased about it, not one bit.
But David’s not perfect: he is conflicted about a host of things that go as far as his birth, being abandoned by his mother, always feeling like he doesn’t belong and now th
3.5 stars. Really liked it but I just could not give four stars. It's an interesting world. Even though I just came back from reading War Girls (also set in Nigeria), Suyi really brought Lagos into life. If you're tired of reading urban fantasy set in the US and Europe, this would be your thing. Very immersive.

The magic, the colorful gods and so on, I love it.

The way the story is divided into three parts also made me feel I was reading three novellas, kinda like The Gods Themselves. I enjoyed th
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
I've been looking to get into an exploration of African Mythology and Spirituality and DAVID MOGO GODHUNTER is an excellent jumping-off point. Our snarky, always uncertain, feckless-hero protagonist David Mogo is a half-orisha, half-human, in a wildly Apocalyptic Lagos, Nigeria, one in which the gods have fallen to earth after war, and plague humans. But the Apocalypse is far from finished, and David and his compatriots must face war, aggression, tragedy. ...more
Aisha (thatothernigeriangirl)
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

This book came under my radar courtesy of Amyn and because I haven’t read speculative fiction in a while, I gave in and requested a review copy. It turns out I was right when I said Children of Blood and Bone did a terrible job of portraying Yorùbá gods🤷🏾‍♀️.

David Mogo Godhunter tells the story of a half-god/half-human, David Mogo, who inadvertently has to save Lagos from complete destruction and oblivion, and on the same quest, reconcile with his ‘otherness’. While not flawless, I maint
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read, I liked Mogo's writing style and world-building, the story was exciting and unique with good character development. I love the cover art and the cultural elements. I did not know I was a fan of the "Nigerian God-Punk" genre but this book convinced me!

Synopsis: "Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley, author and publisher for the ARC as an ebook copy.

David Mogo, Godhunter was an interesting story by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. The book is told in first person POV that is action packed portrayal of an apocalyptic fall of gods. The chapters are short and always leaves the reader in a cliff hanger to keep the page turning. If you are a fan of the supernatural and urban fantasy with amazing characters, this book is for you. I loved also the inclusion of the language involved (such

Thomas from SFF180 in their SFF180 🐉 Anticipated Fantasy 2019 video published on 24 dec. 2018

I beginning to feel a bit superficial because I think most of the books that ends up on my TBR get there because I watched somebody's video and the cover intrigued me...

Do I really care?

Not really.
Oleksandr Zholud
This is an urban fantasy set in Lagos, the largest city of Nigeria and written by a Nigerian author. I read is as a part of monthly reading for March 2021 at Speculative Fiction in Translation group.

The story starts shortly after African gods (orishas) descended to Lagos, heavily damaging it in the process. Now gods walk the earth and wizardry is real. The protagonist, David Mogo is a half-god (half-human), whose job is to hunt down gods, who disturb people. He lives in almost post-apoc Lagos w
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
A new take on classic Urban Fantasy—Godpunk?

Gods have rained down on Lagos, the capital of Nigeria. We enter the story some time later, into the dystopian society that has developed here in the aftermath. David Mogo, our 1st person narrator, is a demi-god working as an illegal godhunter. An old wizard with dubious morals sends David Mogo off to catch two high gods, Taiwo and Kehinde. David is in need of money to fix his roof, so off he goes, despite his misgivings about this wizard. Obviously t
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent an eARC of this through NetGalley for my honest feedback.

I really liked the premise of this story but sadly, it didn't grip me as much as I wanted.

Bit of a confusing start, jumps right into the story without giving the reader enough background to be invested.

Literally describes 'Naruto running' in it.

I enjoy the idea behind the story but find the flow difficult.
Mairi White
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Brief disclaimer, this is the first book I have received since signing up to Netgalley so I read an advanced reader copy for free in exchange for this review. I had been wanting to read the book since I first heard about it (also look at that cover, it is absolutely gorgeous). It’s described as Godpunk, which isn’t a term I have heard before, but sounded fascinating.

I will try and keep at least some of the review spoiler free since the book isn’t out yet, if there is anything that has spoilers i
(e ARC received via Netgalley)

This novel had immense potential, but it was uneven in terms of plot, pacing, and the execution of the story. It is basically dipped in Orisha mythology and the Yoruba folklore. I was eager to read this book because of the awesome description in Goodreads, and had high hopes of an action-packed, and a thrilling story. But, it didn't fulfill my expectations. There is action, and some of the characters were really intriguing, but, the book showed more, rather than tel
Jul 14, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc
DNFed @ 25%

Although the mythology is super interesting, the narrative choices were very jarring to me. The unexplained switch between a Nigerian dialect and typical Western English every now and then kept forcing me out of the story - the characters spoke in dialect but David's internal voice didn't, which didn't make sense. And it's very telling, not really showing.

In general, I was very disappointed with this story.
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Suyi Davies Okungbowa is the author of Son of the Storm (Orbit, May 2021), first in The Nameless Republic epic fantasy trilogy, and the godpunk novel, David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019). His shorter works have appeared internationally in periodicals like, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside, and anthologies like Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, A World of Horror an ...more

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