Son of the Storm
Author: Suyi Davies Okungbowa Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit
- Most of the characters. You’ll see below the character that really grinded my gears, but WOW were all of these characters fantastic. I loved the depth to each character (Lilong and Esheme, especially). Plus, shifting POV is used to show the perspectives of both major players and secondary characters from all sides.
- The focus on the affects of colonization. I won’t lie: I come from a major colonizer country. I haven’t done my due diligence of learning about the harmful affects of colonization. Books like The Unbroken and Son of the Storm helped open my eyes to that, reminding me of the importance me to rectify that.
- The richness of the world. You can certainly tell the care and craft that were taken in creating the worlds and cultures here. Each area, from Bassa to the Breathing Forest (which was SUCH an amazing concept) to Whudasha and beyond, all felt so distinct and alive.
- Pacing. I think this “dislike” might be more due to the fact that I was in a really bad reading slump caused from real-life problems as I read this book. But I found the pacing to be slower than I hoped and the ending a bit drawn out.
- Danso. I know this is a me problem. But, characters (/people) who have the smarts and the opportunities and just don’t apply themselves drive me up a wall. I can sorta understand why Danso behaves the way he does. But personally? I was pretty frustrated with him most of the time.
This was a solid read for me! I really enjoyed the world and the characters. I was very curious about the magic and how the storylines interweave together. And while I had some frustration with Danso and the pacing, I’m excited to see what happens next!