"There will rise up a leader among us. Someone with great power, who will drive away the white devils so that we may return to our land by the sea!"

In this historical fiction narrative, Skeel develops upon an oral African legend of the Sorceress who drove out the slavers from her village in, what is now, Ghana. Skeel’s novel is perfect for those who wish to enjoy an enthralling tale of passion, spirituality, and bravery. The novel begins as an origin story for those who will play different roles throughout this tale. Many of the characters are under constant progression that helps readers become attached to the outcomes of not just the main characters’ lives, but all those involved. These characters, especially Kisa, are easy to empathize with, which is in part due to the authors well researched vernacular, setting descriptions, and historical connections.

Skeel’s narrative choices gives the novel an elevated and well thought out component. Through the different character perspective chapters, Skeel compares ideologies of the story that help in both story and character development. This writing style also displays the historical aspects of both the slavers and those they hunted without keeping the story historically one-sided. Another strategy is the use of oral stories. These stories embody the legend that Skeel works so hard to bring to life. Without these telling occurrences, the novel would be missing a very important cultural aspect that makes up the essence of Kisa’s story and legend. Skeel’s background in research no doubt is what makes the story so effective. Without the use of the historical components and African identifiers, the story would not have been as enchanting. You will not want to put this book down until you find out what becomes of Kisa’s village.

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