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Publisher's Summary

From one of the most exciting new storytellers in epic fantasy, Son of the Storm is a sweeping tale of violent conquest and forgotten magic set in a world inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa.

"Everything I love in a fantasy novel. Damn good stuff!" (Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings)

In the ancient. city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatness - only he doesn’t want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls. The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The city’s immigrants are sworn to secrecy. 

But when Danso stumbles across a warrior wielding magic that shouldn’t exist, he’s put on a collision course with Bassa’s darkest secrets. Drawn into the city’s hidden history, he sets out on a journey beyond its borders. And the chaos left in the wake of his discovery threatens to destroy the empire. 

Praise for Son of the Storm:

"With an intricate and irresistible plot, Okungbowa weaves a vibrant tale of betrayal, intrigue, and revolution.” (Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song)

"A thrilling, fantastical adventure that introduces a beguiling new world...and then rips apart everything you think you know." (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass)

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Son of the Storm

©2021 Suyi Davies Okungbowa (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is everything I love to see in a fantasy story: masterful, fully-realized worldbuilding, morally complex characters, thoughtful and piercing interrogations of power, privilege, and all the facets of human nature. Damn good book!" (Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings)

"A mesmerizing coming of age tale set against a thrilling, fantastical adventure that introduces a beguiling new world...and then rips apart everything you think you know.” (S. A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass)

"Okungbowa weaves an intricate and irresistible plot around the tensions and contradictions of a corrupt, decadent society which is both dependent upon and resentful of its diverse migrant population. The result is a vibrant tale of betrayal, intrigue, and revolution which benefits greatly from an original setting, a fresh take on magic, and deftly executed characterization." (Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song)

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A story with so much potential

I purchased that story knowing it will take me out of my western comfort zone and take me somewhere else. It delivered in that sense but still, I have to be honest in my review.
Pros:
The main character is pretty likeable and will change throughout the story towards being a hero.
The worldbuiding is okay, and the characters well developed.
it's a nice story overall
now to the cons
I will blame everything else on the lack of editing. The author stopped showing at some point and started telling. I feel like there wasn't a lot of action especially throughout the breathing forest. I was so excited abt it and thought a lot of monsters were abt to show up but nah.
I finished the story and I would recommend for different culture- away from the European fantasy.

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Hmmm, interesting start

Overall, I’m willing to give the next book a try and see if I can get more into it than this book. This book was meanders for long stretches, but hopefully it is more level in the next book.

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Spectacular!

My only regret, is now I have to wait for book 2! Discovering what you know to be lies is always life shattering. This book definitely sets up for a fantastic book 2. If you're looking for a new Fantasy, this is definitely it!

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Original and Fresh

I loved this book. it has reawakened my love for the Fantasy Genre. I was surprised repeatedly and I can't wait for the next installment. The tension was great. characters and their struggles and relationships were so real. just a fantastic journey.

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Giving up

This is an endless dialog - I can tell the author would talk your ears off all day long on all kinds of things but that does not mean it makes for a good story.

I don’t know if the Sci-fi part is coming somewhere towards the end but having one artifact that hardly plays a part in the plot, at least to three quarters through, does not make for sci-fi.

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pleasant surprise




enjoyed it hope there's a sequel with babies even fast forward lol next generation

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Liked the non western POV

Interesting and different than a western perspective. For that reason it was both a bit difficult to follow and more interesting than most fantasy books I listen to.

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A solid first entry.

I enjoyed it overall. it's a unique setting and interesting magic system. My issues are primarily technical.

I do think it'd be well served by a more stringent editor, as there were many times we were taken away from the action to be given detail about the world that would never again be relevant and took away from the gravity of a given moment.

For example: there's a instance where a character is about to do something dangerous, and we suddenly get a paragraph regarding to climate of the area. Does said climate affect the task at hand or add depth? Not at all. It took me out of the moment every time it happened.

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Quality writing but didn't like pacing

quality writing. thought provoking but not my of tea on pacing nor story ending.

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Good story but overacted narration was a bit too much.

It was like being in kindergarten and the teacher being overly dramatic with her reading. Just too much. I won’t get any more of this series as it’s just too annoying.