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He Who Leads Gods Paperback – February 29, 2016
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
- "He Who Leads by M.A.N. was an interesting read."
- "He Who Leads by M.A.N. is filled with unique characters with exceptional abilities. Numerous female characters are emotionally and magically powerful. That is definitely one of the pleasant aspects of this novel. If you love battles scenes and magic, this would be right up your alley. He Who Leads has copious, detailed magical battles as well as emotional ones."
- "Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I would certainly read more from this imaginative author."
- "I found the plot engaging...packed with high-action battle scenes, and a well-built science fiction/fantasy world. Likewise, the characters are well developed and I enjoyed the complex traits and abilities of all the lead characters, especially the strong roles played by Amare's mother, and his queen, Izwi."
"I found "He Who Leads" by M.A.N. to be a good story overall."
"An overall great reading experience."
From the Back Cover
The new Chief of the Akachi clan must find a way to avenge his father's death while still leading the clan to prosperity and new beginnings.He will combat his way through Earth, Ocean, Skies, and the Stars themselves to lead his clan to the promise land. A true coming of age story is told as he battles personal demons, both physical and mental, to finally become a great leader for himself and for his clan.
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First off, let’s take a look at how it’s written. To be honest, this isn’t the first time I’ve encountered a book written in the second person POV, but I am still weirded out. The story is actually harder to digest because I still can’t seem to place myself in the main character’s shoes, when it’s actually the main purpose of the author why he wrote the book this way.
This book talks about good leadership and politics. The way the plot was executed, which involved a lot of special powers and magic tricks and plot makes me suspect that young boys would definitely enjoy this. The main character, Amare, is only fifteen years old when he acquired the responsibility of fighting off to save his clan. At first we might think that Amare is some sort of a promising teenager, but then if we are going to evaluate things, he only succeeded because he has the more talented people on his side—his wife, younger brother, mom and childhood friend.
I couldn’t say that there’s nothing special about it, because the plot was actually well-executed. I guess, it would be up to the reader on how he or she would take the story. So basically, I’d still recommend this for anyone to read, maybe just expect something that you’re not expecting.
The story pace is steady. I think the story has great potential to appeal to young people but felt the 2nd person perspective was too confusing. I think the story would have been more effective being in 1st person or even 3rd person. 2nd person point of view was sometimes difficult to follow along because it normally is in past tense so was awkward showing present tense action. It also made shifting perspective from Amare to Onye complex and perplexing. I think if the author had prefaced the switch it would have made it easier. I truly enjoyed the story itself but feel like the perspective added additional complications that distracted from the rest of the content.
The story is told in second person as the author describes. This technique takes a lot of getting used to but was easier than anticipated to read. That is, until the narrative shifted perspective from one person to another without warning. I would suggest to the author that he preface the changes in narrator with a heading indicating whose perspective the reader is viewing. Imo that would have solved a lot of my confusion with the perspective shifts and allow a smoother reading experience.
The very first thing, which is also one of the most important things that makes this novel different from many of genre, is the fact that the novel is written is the second person. When reading we cannot but get this feeling as if the author is actually giving us (his readers, that is) the orders. It is like we are put directly into shoes of our main protagonist – a fifteen-year-old boy named Amare. Although it took me a while until I managed to adapt this “newly’’ discovered (at least for me) approach when it comes to narrative, when I finally did, I have discovered that it perfectly fits everything the novel is about. It is like we are on a quest, not the main protagonist. It is like it is entirely up to us whether we will be able to finish everything Amare is supposed to do or not. All in all, I liked it. The story is, at least for my opinion, very interesting and very untypical. Very good novel.