I really enjoyed The Book of Phoenix. I found it to be both entertaining and quite educational. I will start of by saying that I didn't give this book five stars because I don't think it's life changing. However, it still deserves high marks because I think it is well written and a unique kind of story. Three aspects of this book that I appreciated: 1. The weaving in of African culture, language, and history into the story. 2. If the reader takes the time to look into the many interesting things that are casually mentioned in this book, they will certainly find themselves to be more well informed. Like the languages that are mentioned. Or the tribes. They are actual languages and tribes. 3. Though the whole book prepares you for the ending, I still found it to be intriguing, and atypical of many books I have read in recent years.
My only warning is this: if you need causes explained to appreciate a story, this is not the book for you. Like the African mysticism that this story often calls upon, you are asked to accept many things without knowing how or why. This did not negatively impact the story for me personally, as I thought it fit the theme perfectly, but some people require explanation before they can give acceptance.