- File Size: 1616 KB
- Print Length: 484 pages
- Publisher: MVmedia, LLC (December 10, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 10, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5FV8WC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Griots: Sisters of the Spear Kindle Edition
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In addition, almost all of the characters juggle multiple roles that add complexity to who they are. Furthermore, personality traits such as kindness, bravery, and resilience make certain characters very admirable.
Another great aspect of these stories is the magic featured in some of them. Many of the stories are really brought to life because of certain magical creatures or events. For example, one story involves a warrior girl who has a brother who can shape shift into a lion.
Besides the black women and the magic, the pacing of most of these stories is really good. There is action and adventure in many of these stories, so the pacing becomes fast enough that the reader wants to know how the story will end. If they find themselves craving for more, they will find themselves moving on to the next story until they reach the end of the book.
Overall, this is a fantastic sword and soul anthology. I recommend this book to black women who want to see good representations of themselves in fantasy fiction.
"Fantasy fiction with an African connection in either the characters or the setting…or both. The setting can be the historical Africa of the world we know, or the Africa of an alternate world, dimension or universe. But that’s not a restriction, because a sword-and-soul story can feature a black character in a non-black setting, or a non-black character in a black setting. Caveat: Tarzan of the Apes need not apply."
Best stories: "The Night Wife" by Carole McDonnell, "Old Habits" by Milton Davis, and "The Ghost Marriage" by P. Djeli Clark. Everything else is decent to really good. No total cluinkers in the book.
Anthologies of exciting new fiction like Griots: Sisters of the Spear are exactly what are keeping heroic fiction alive and moving forward. What is so powerful about Davis, Saunders, and all the other writers creating sword & soul fiction is their unspoken rejoinder to anyone complaining about what he or she finds lacking in fantasy fiction: Do It Yourself. They don’t blog, they write. Some are killing it while others are still working it out. But every single one tells a story using characters, cultures, and histories I don’t get to read about that often. Even the stories I don't love are a refreshing departure from the same Euro-Disney fantasy world I’ve read about all my life.