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Son of the Storm

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Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (May 11)

Son of the Storm marks the beginning of Suyi Davies Okungbowa‘s new trilogy, The Nameless Republic. This series is epic fantasy set in a world inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa. It’s a bit of a departure from Okungbowa’s last book, the critically acclaimed urban fantasy novel David Mogo, Godhunter…but damn does it look and sound good. The cover art on this book stopped me absolutely dead in my tracks.

The official description:

In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands- which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist- and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields.

Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso and Lilong will set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.

Son of the Storm comes out on May 11 from Orbit Books.

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