Son of the Storm
"Everything I love in a fantasy novel. Damn good stuff!" —Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
In the ancient city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of ...more
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This story is a new release from Orbit, adding to their growing collection of authors from a wider background and expanding on the fantasy settings and inspirations they have in their listings. The author Suyi is a Nigerian author, and many of his West-African origins and heritage can be seen in the setting for this story. Looking all the way back to old civilisations of Nigeria and inspired by places like Benin City ...more
I really enjoyed this book! The magic system was unique, the setting vibrant, and the political system thoroughly written. Each chapter is a different POV with multiple chapters, the three main being: Danso -a scholar and dreamer, Esheme -an ambitious achiever, and Lilong -a traveler out for revenge. Each character is extremely flawed while still being likable, and I found myself rooting for all of them (even wh ...more
On the book's page, some random user posted a question for this book (and I quote) "Does this have romance", and the author responded (and I quote again):
"Not between the main characters, no. Other characters have love lives, but none of them is centered as the main story."
To the author I say:
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! I am most definitely NOT a fan of romance in any adult Fantasy books and series ... NO ...more
I usually avoid DNFing books past the 30% mark but Son of the Storm and I...we aren't vibing (one of those it's not you it's me cases).
That is not me saying this book is bad, far from it. The author's writing is pretty solid and the setting is vividly rendered. Alas, the book is not so great when it comes to the world-building, story, and characters. I need to feel something (positive or negative) for the characters in order to be invested in a story. And here, well I didn't feel much of ...more
Such a vibrant piece of storytelling, setting up the political and cultural background pitch perfectly, allowing the audience an insight into the reasons behind this burgeoning tale of good versus evil.
A perfect mix of action and consequence ensues, with the nuanced nature of the story really keeping ...more
The storyline is interesting though very politically charged and I had a hard time getting through some of the story.
Son of the Storm explores racial, political and gender topics. There is much conflict in this story between most of the characters so it is rather tension filled.
I did enjoy the ...more
We mainly follow 3 main characters (see below) but there is an excellent side cast as well:
Danso - Danso is a great character to follow, he is the disaster scholar genius of my heart. I love it when ch ...more
I liked it! The world is SO vibrant. The different cultures, complex caste systems, characters who are BADDIES, a naive scholar, a skin changing warrior -- everything and everyone leap off the pages. I maybe enjoyed Danso's chapters the most. Seriously, the book needed more Danso.
The magic system is very interesting and I can't wait to learn more about it.
Now, on to the negatives--- there is something off with the pacing. Even though the book is slow a lot happens at a very short time and ...more
As much as I don't want to say it this novel didn't strike me the way I wanted it to. It's story and characters went in directions that didn't interest me and I found myself drifting by the end of it. I was underwhelmed and I am so sad about it. I really wanted to like this novel as it is the debut of a new series. Due to this I will unfortunately not be continuing on with it.
Aside from my feelings about this book, I can ...more
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I was so excited to read an African inspired Own Voices story. Especially after having spent a summer doing medical work in Africa, living in the bush, working in the Serengeti, staying with the Masai, and bouncing between Kisumu and Nairobi. I absolutely love anything African inspired.
I haven’t found a ton of books like this out on the market. Every book has its own discerning ...more
The reviewer pointed out their discomfort with the term "yellowskin" as used in this book/series, and was concerned about its offensiveness to Asian-descended peoples. My response was to clarify that: (1) in The Nameless Republic as a series, there are no Asians or Asian-inspired peoples or people of any other race--everyone is Black/African-inspired; (2) the "yell ...more
I was so excited to read Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. Fantasy books are my favorite genre, and I was honored to get approved to review this book ahead of its release date. A fantasy based on "the pre-colonial empires of West Africa" sounds innovative and exciting, and I always support representation by #ownvoices authors. However, I just could not get over the depictions of Asian people in this ...more
This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2021. The cover, the synopsis, and the hype surrounding it all promised a new epic adult fantasy book. Unfortunately, this one did not pan out for me. There were absolutely good and bad aspects of this books so let's get into them.
Good: The setting was lush, evocative, and unique. The world the author created was spell-bind ...more
"Son of the Storm" follows multiple POVs, Danso a naive scholar who soon becomes disillusioned with the lies his school taught him, Zaq, a sort of friend/employee of Danso's, Esheme is the daughter of a ruthless politician who is suddenly incapacitated and has to rise to her mother's position in the only way she knows how. Lilong belongs to a race of people long thought to be a myth and she has escaped her land in or ...more
Character 5| Setting 5| Plot 4.5| Writing 4.5| Enjoyability 5|
Overall rating 4.8
Okungbowa's Son of the Storm is a work of art. He makes sure right away we know what's going on, where it's going on, and who his characters are.
I am just amazed at all the detail he's put into this world. The setting itself is so intricate and I can visualize it so easily, I know what Bassa is. I know her people. I know her politi ...more
Unfortunately, for now, I am DNF-ing this at 68%.
I've having issues with pacing, as well as having so much information seemingly dropped at my feet over and over in this book. I tried to stick it out, but overall feel that it's better for me to put this one down for now, and possibly pick it up in the future to finish it.
For me the plot was the most enticing thing about the blurbs I've seen, and think that most other pe ...more
Take all the stars - all of them.
I adored this book! Everything about it was just fantastic, Orbit have really impressed me recently I don't think I've had an arc I didn't like for a while. Plus the active diversity being shown both in their author selection and through book picks needs to be mentioned.
This is a Multi-POV book, with each chapter following a different character.
The 3 we get to know best a ...more
Son of the Storm was an enjoyable read and I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens in the next instalment.
The characters were varied, interesting and with great character arcs. The description of the people and their culture is really different (exotic almost) and believable. The world building is also a strength in the book with the author creating a rich and magical world that has enough realism in it ...more
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