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Emily Heard

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warning: This is a Hard Read

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Reviewed: 2021-03-29

Everything about these characters is both touching and disgusting. I found myself rooting so much for the father as much as I wanted his removal from his family's life. Don't take the warnings of domestic violence lightly as they are laced throughout the entire book, beginning to end. if you're sensitive to that consider another option. if not enjoy the wonderful worldbuilding, cast of characters and Unique voice of Hannah as she takes you through the life of the Allbrights

Creolization Of Writing

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Reviewed: 2019-12-23

it was a wonderful blend of Caribbean, African and especially surprising, Canadian culture and story telling. the characters were interesting and complex with very distinct personalities which is rarely seen nowadays. it also allows for adult characters to be more than pawns in a story, giving them a kind of agency rarely seen in modern literature.

Very unnerving

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Reviewed: 2019-11-06

There was a lot to unpack about here about slavery, slave women and the abuse that happened on the plantations but beyond that there was much to be said about how very human people can be in times of suffering.

Thought Provoking

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Reviewed: 2019-10-26

An amazing work of Afrofuturism that both makes you think and questions the way stories are told, shared and controlled.

Gripping

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Reviewed: 2019-09-03

As much as all these stories were different I felt that they all focused on one universal truth. That truth is that struggle and hopeless are universal and that despite all we move forward.

Absolutely Breathtaking

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Reviewed: 2019-08-28

This is a book that is worth more than the money charged for it. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds were so intricately built that I felt myself walk the same paths as the characters, breath the air and feel the heat as they moved through the desert. If you're looking for a book about good triumphing over evil look elsewhere as there is no good or bad only complex characters trying to banish their demons. Bahni Turpin did an excellent job as narrator, weaving more life into each character than I expected but thoroughly appreciated. I cannot imagine this work with a different narrator. If you love high fantasy, African mythology and just a damn good story then do yourself a favor and get this book.