- File Size: 1853 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: MVmedia, LLC (December 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H0J152G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The cover is intriguing, and really says it all in one image: a young black girl who discovers another side of her identity rooted in a magically hidden city in Africa. Given the history of African-Americans and the separation to their ancestors' culture, I thought this was a highly relevant story, using fantasy to explore some concepts I have never seen portrayed in the genre; such as black people from different cultures meeting each other with realistic differences and similarities, and experiences black people from all backgrounds have with both benign and aggressive racism. It was a fun story, but also socially conscious, not shying away from these issues, but not obsessed with them either.
When we have many more stories such as Amber which treat blackness as just one aspect of identity that happens to be more significant in some scenarios than others, then we can fully humanise these characters beyond tokenism, and side-kick status.
Cons: There were a few minor errors in the text itself, which for the most part can be corrected in future editions easily enough.
Amber is a very likable character from the reader's perspective, although it's explained why she seems overly blunt to her friends and classmates, and I began rooting for her in the first chapter.
I recommend this book for young readers who have a good grasp of language - perhaps beginning at about age 10 or so and for adults who still love to find magic in their lives.
I'm tapping my foot, waiting for the next entry in this series.
I write Africentric fantasy fiction, and Amber and the Hidden City inspires in me the very emotions and intellectual curiosity I hope to inspire in my own readers. Davis combines relatable contemporary characters and dialogue with fascinating denizens and magic systems from an ancient world. What a delight to be learning about classical and medieval West African civilisations inside the world of a thrilling fantasy novel.
Final note: I love finding novels I can share with my daughters. I read the entire book to my six-year-old, who loved every bit of Amber and the Hidden City. The hero is a girl, and her mentor (her grandmother) is a woman; one of the two main villains is a woman, and various other entertaining characters are girls and women. Add it all together, and Amber and the Hidden City belongs on countless “must read” lists.
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Davis crafted a tale that is intriguing, as well as, entertaining. The main character is a stable African American girl living in Atlanta. She is not the stereotypical African American teen: she has two parents, is an excellent student, and has a positive self-image, is upper middle class and can wrestle (read to find out). Amber has no idea just how exceptional she really is, in the novel or as a fictional character in young adult literature.
I will not plot out the story because that would kill all the fun! However, I will tell you the novel has a dash of teenager romance with plenty of action! The action leaves you breathless and is absolutely riveting. Most importantly, they are age appropriate and can also be enjoyed by adults, as well as, teenage boys and girls.
What really impressed me was the mythology Davis created based on Africa. Readers did not need prior knowledge of African culture, terms, or lore. Davis created a world that could be easily accessed. I could see this made into a movie.
Amber is the type of girl I would want my daughter to grow up to be. She is gusty, but not overly zealous. She is sensitive, but not a crybaby. Likes boys, but is not overly obsessive like a popular heroine from a certain vampire series. She disobeys her parents and pushes boundaries, but still knows when enough is enough.
Kudos to Davis for this marvelous tale, especially in a genre where people of color are overwhelmingly underrepresented. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did and spread the word