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The Banished Ones: (previously titled "A Perpetual Mimicry") Kindle Edition
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Synopsis: Almega throws Ani to earth to rot and die in the body of a man. Simon finds him first, and shows him how to exchange his decrepit body for a new one. Ani thinks he is the best guide an exiled angel can have. But Simon is shrewd and wants Ani to help him get back the thing Almega has taken from him: his wings.
When Ani falls in love with Sarah, he does not know she is the key to a banished one's survival and the reason he forfeited his wings in the first place. Ani has to resist Sarah in ways he cannot, and somehow save her from the one creature who wants to use her up: Simon.
This work is both beautiful and terrible, and left me breathless at the end as I sat back trying to absorb it all. This will definitely be worth a second read in the future!
The writer has a fabulous vocabulary; the dictionary feature of the Kindle app certainly came in handy. I even learned a few new words, including: pinions, virescence, pulchritude, Lethean, sidereal, plumule, empyrean, and egregious. We may wonder what all the disparate story lines have to do with each other, but it all becomes clear in the end. "A Perpetual Mimicry" can be described as an angelic Groundhog Day.
This is one of the best-written and well-edited works I have read. "A Perpetual Mimicry" is the definition of beautiful writing; it is poetic and lyrical, profoundly moving, and will haunt you for a long time to come. I look forward to reading more by this author.
"I stood for a moment listening to a woodpecker puncture its way into a treetop far above me. Two doves made love with their required coos, while sparrows chirped."
Or (as a character contemplates a return to bird form): "He spoke in a voice lower than a whisper. 'To glide amidst the great beyond with feathered fins again, shedding this dreadful suit of mortality.' Was that even possible?"
In this book, all things are indeed possible.
It is, truth be told, a small, rare gem. I would say it is beautifully written, but that's not the right word. It's more like gorgeously written. For an intelligent reader. You need to be the sort of person who feels a thrill at the use of words like 'verdurous.' Better still, all the exquisite prose and poetic imagery are wielded in the service of telling a story that deeply engages the question of what it is to love, to be human, and to be mortal.
I didn't mind that it was short. You know how a fabulously rich chocolate ganache needs to be served in very small portions? This book is like that. Can't wait to read this author's other works.
The writing is poetic, but it is very readable and entertaining. I want to read more from this author.
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