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- Print Length: 161 pages
- Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency (April 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W4LI29E
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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. Pre-order today
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Firstly, in the interests of the potential reader, it is fair to say that this is not a tale of the macabre or in any way akin to "The Walking Dead" television series. There are no zombies, no grotesque animated corpses or brain seeking, shambling un-dead hordes. Fans of this type of story will be very disappointed, so please be forewarned.
Rather, Ms. Lo-Bamijoko's effort is much more akin to the type of story telling found in Native American "Spirit Journey" myths and folklore, with a dash of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Petit Prince" thrown in for good measure.
Our story opens with Osundu, the son of our heroine, Gloria, being lost in the depths of the mystical lake Ezu, eponymously named after the god of the underworld. Gloria calls the women of the village together to entreat Ezu to release Osondu, but as she walks into the water to call him forth, she too is suddenly translated into the mystical under/other world of Akajiani. No spoilers but the journey of Osondu and Gloria is only beginning and they find a different sort of truth and relationship to themselves and to their families and world thru the many mystical experiences they undergo.
I gave this book a rating of three stars. Not for any lack of good writing. There are in fact several good stories, mostly based on traditional Igbo legends and mythology. This collection loses due to its somewhat disjointed narrative as well as a near complete lack of character development of the protagonists.
This work would have been better organized as a collection of tales, stand alone works with specific characters and story arcs. As it stands it is a wandering read and the bewildering number of characters, spirits, worlds, minor deities and magical beings only serves to confuse the reader and obfuscate the obvious talent of this author's word craft. That said - I did enjoy several of the tales and I feel with a strong re-edit and reorganization this could be the basis for an excellent collection of mythological tales!
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko’s Legend of the Walking Dead unapologetically ignores the dense, post-colonial results of the syncretization of the Christian and Odinani religions for the earnest purpose of presenting the unadulterated mythologies of the Igbo people. In this aspect it is a rousing success as the author presents a collection of stories that, though based on a singular culture, feel at their core to be both timeless and universal in their reach. Arguably, the greatest flaw in the book is in the somewhat uneven flow of the story as Gloria, set up to be the protagonist and primary eyes through which we experience the tales, is frequently pushed aside including in the final chapters of the book where she is barely even mentioned. Nonetheless, Gloria’s manifest advancement from life to death and ultimately to divine stewardship represents a cohesive, progressive development that spiritual seekers can readily embrace when viewed within the context of these particular myths. Just as good historical fiction invites a study of real history, Legend of the Walking Dead will leave international readers wanting to know more about the people and culture of a nation they may have never before had the chance to experience.
If you are a fan of learning about different cultures, you will find this novel fascinating. It has a different tone and a different sort of narrative style, which you would probably expect of a book so deeply rooted in a different culture. It mixed magical realism with a very matter-of-fact tone, which gave the book a very timeless, allegorical feel.