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Imaro by Charles R. Saunders
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it was ok
bookshelves: alternative-history, based-on-folksong-myth, fantasy, short-stories, historical-fantasy

“I go… but I leave a warrior,” so says five year old Imaro’s mother as she leaves him with the Ilyassai (Masai) to train him. But wherever he goes, whenever he accomplishes something there are magicians, shamans and witches to take all his accomplishments, girlfriends and sense of community. Over and over in his life he must battle not only his community, but magic. After the Ilyassai’s savannah he crosses all of Nyumbani (home in Swahili, or Africa here) to the forest and river of Mtumwe. Once he gets comfortable there, bandits or haramia kidnap him and steal the village’s god. He joins the haramia, then leads it.

I didn’t love this book like I hoped to. The language is daunting and dense, even when it’s not in an African language. I have another book in this series, I don’t know if it’s number #2 or #3. I hope I'll like it more, because I really like the idea.
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Reading Progress

May 27, 2011 – Shelved
June 21, 2011 – Started Reading
June 24, 2011 – Finished Reading
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: alternative-history
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: based-on-folksong-myth
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: short-stories
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fantasy

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