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Zulu Heart

(Lion's Blood #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This book is the sequel to Lion's Blood

Zulu Heart returns to the 19th Century of Steven Barnes's justly acclaimed novel Lion's Blood, a brilliant alternate history in which black Africans have colonized the New World with white Europeans as their slaves.

As Zulu Heart opens, New World nobleman Kai ibn Jallaleddin is a senator of New Djibouti, an envied plantation owner, an

Hardcover, 463 pages
Published March 19th 2003 by Aspect (first published 2003)
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We return to an alternative history of North America and the lives of Kai ibn Rashid and Aidan O'Dere. It is four years on from the events of Lion's Blood and the dominant world powers, Abyssinia and Egypt are on the brink of war. Their colonies in the New World are about to be drawn into the conflict.
Kai, a member of the privileged ruling class and this friend, Aidan, the freed ex-slave, must work together to establish a future for themselves and their people.

Zulu Heart is a well written nove
Tananarive Due
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to LION'S BLOOD, and also an amazing book!
Elisa Berry
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: alt. fiction, american lit. fans
Recommended to Elisa by: Octavia E. Butler
Same great character development, a rich and though provoking world, a story to sink into. The plot line did seem a little strained, not altogether convincing, rather it seemed a necessary play-out to allow the character's to achieve their destinies. And the end seemed a bit rushed which is a shame after so much development throughout the two books to just try to wrap everything up in the last couple of very short chapters. Not all was tied in the bow though, with room for another novel. I do ho ...more
Stephen Matlock
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is just a fine book. It is the sequel, of course, to Lion's Blood, but I have to hand it to Mr. Barnes in that the story and the characters have advanced.

We still have Kai and Aiden, brothers beneath the skin in a nation on the North American continent where things are delightfully awry compared to today--somehow in the distant past it was the African nations, and not the Europeans, who conquered the world with learning and art and culture and military prowess.

Kai is now functioning as the
Yvonne Eliot
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found the first book in this series, Lion's Blood, to be well-written but too heartbreaking to want to re-read. Zulu Heart, on the other hand, I loved unconditionally.

I loved the solidity of Kai and Aidan's friendship, the way that over the course of the two books they grew both individually and together. I loved the nuance of understanding throughout, such as Kai's acknowledgment of the economic practicalities of slavery. I like the balance of exposition and mystery. I like how martial prowes
Eileen Conner
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eileen by:
The second book in the In'shalla series. We follow the freed slave Aiden as he tries to build a settlement of freed slaves, and his former Mastr Kai who is now lord of his lands, and being pulled by different powers as Ethopia and Egypt extend their wars into the colonies. Another look at what the world in the 1800's would look like if the Romans had not been able to build their empire and lands in Africa were the colonizers of the world instead of the Europeans.
Vicki Revander
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book left of everything Kai and Aiden faced for both of their futures. I feel that both books were beautiful written. And despite race and class both Kai and Aiden shared a loving friendship and bond that could not be broken. I loved the wisdom of Babatunde. I would have like to find out what happened to Kai's sister. I would strongly recommend reading both books. I wish there was a third book.
Patrick St-Amand
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
***3.5 stars***

I`m torn a bit for this one but ultimately i liked Book 1 better. This one had a lot more spiritual introspection which while i understand the background for it seemed to bog the story down a bit. Things pick up more near the end of the book and i like how success or victory always comes at a cost so the protagonists don`t come out unscathed.
Jason Prodoehl
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the series was so excellent, I just had to read the sequel. This book could probably be read as a stand-alone, but why not read the series from the start? It is richer and far more interesting. The character development was astounding. And the storyline was surprising and engaging. Really, really excellent read.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was different from the first book and really depended on you having read the first book to understand everything that happened in the second book. Also, the motivation in the book seemed more abstract and convoluted, making it hard to root for the characters in the book. The characters in the story were missing the depth that was in the first book. It's almost like this book and the first book should have just been one book. It was a good story, but when comparing it to the first book, ...more
Seth and Valerie Clark

I cannot possibly recommend this series more. It is exceptional and eye-opening. The second book in the series picks up right where the first left off and simply flies from beginning to end. Truly outstanding material. The only problem is that there aren’t MORE books!!
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
while i liked this book with the same fascination as "lion's blood," in that barns continues his exploration of african colonial superiority in the new american colonies, the characters have aged and their interests include romance. this, i don't find as interesting. although this does allow for some female characters, now teenagers and older, to take more significant roles as heroines in this sequel that is less male centered.
Ade Oluyemisi
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have to read previous book, there are things I needed to understnd however it did't disrupt the flow of the story for me. I love Steven Barnes writing and in process of collecting as many of his books as I can get my hands on. His writings touch all of the "isms" in life in various ways yet not over done.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it
3 1/12 stars.

On it's own, this is a really, really good book. However, it follows Lion's Blood, which is a truly exceptional book, and it simply does not stand up to that level. I expected more, and while I was not disappointed per se, I feel that this novel lacks the emotional punch, the heart, that made Lion's Blood such a great book.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A good follow up to Lion's Blood. The characters grow and develop in interesting ways. Steven Barnes shows one of his strengths well in this book, namely, his ability to write great hand to hand combat scenes.
A story set in an alternate America where Africa colonized the new world.

Aidan has a chance to find his Sister and Kai is involved in the court intrigues of Egypt and Abyssinia

Better than the first one.
Mish Mosh
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Well written but not as in love as I was with some of his other books such as blood brothers and street lethal series WHooh
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As alternative history this book was amazing. I do hope Barnes will eventually continue the series.
Ronald Jones
An exciting sequel to Lion's Blood.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Zulu heart was amazing, reverse rolls in slavery, and a warioirs journey. great read. it took me a few days to get into it, but once i got into it i couldnt stop. Amazing!
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rte-bookclub
Great series. I loved Zulu heart more than lions blood
Feb 11, 2012 marked it as wishlist
Phil O'Neal
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great follow-up to Lion's Blood!! A must read!
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Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch, as well as the Stargate SG-1 episode "Brief Candle" and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes' first published piece of fiction, the novelette The ...more

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