Print Length: 338 pages
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
So as the world was busy celebrating new year yesterday, I finished reading this wonderful book by Dele Daniel.
Dele was born in what he calls the mystical, ancient city of Ibadan in Nigeria. After studying and working in different cities in England and the United States, he has finally adopted the city of Toronto as his home. He is the Author of Winds of the Forest, the first book in the planned Forestborn young-adult series. He is also working on a YA historical fiction based on the ancient Benin Empire.
In the only surviving part of the earth sits the post-apocalyptic West-African kingdom of Nayja. In the only place where humans still exist lives four tribes, the Kingfishers, the Ammirians, the Rowans and the Arnazuris but one tribe is dominant and must remain so.
Seventeen-year-old Genesis Romunda is one of the elite hunters of Black Forest, the Arnazuri community where there is no electricity except for solar-powered lamps sent from the capital, King’s Forest.
Genesis the only hunter not joining the rebellion that is stirring thanks to the rebel Hawks, is distraught that her father believes in the rebellion. Why join a stupid rebellion when you know you have no chance? Why believe in prophetic songs of Griots when you know they are merely fairy tales?
When she is chosen by the Central Royal Council as one of the first females to ever attend Promenade, the elite university at the capital, everything changes as her world is turned upside down.
‘The mind is a powerful weapon but a heart is far too easy to break.’
One of my favourite lines from this witty, intelligently written book.
A young adult series dotted with adventure, betrayal, love and friendship, this first book in Forestborn series takes you for a ride. What I loved about this book was it’s easy language, yet it had the power to hold you captive.
The story was detailed and well explained from the angle of all the characters. That’s another plus point of this book and the flow in between all story parts was as smooth as butter.
I loved how the author depicted the humane emotions and how he sharp-wittedly touched the argument of injustice towards women. The protagonist seventeen-year-old Genesis Romunda can be very well related to any young adult of same generation. It’s a bit surprising considering that the author Dele is himself a member of opposite sex. I would love the answer to this question if I ever stumble upon him.
Though more than 300 pages, I couldn’t believe the book ended so soon. I am much excited for the next book in this series.
“Wind beneath your wings!’ (as people of Nayja wish well)