This was one of those books which sadly promised a little more than it was able to deliver in the end - the main issue I had with it was that, while it was an interesting premise and well-written, it got bogged down in unnecessary amounts of exposition and felt as though it was a novella-length plot dragged out to novel-length.
The basic idea of the book is that it's set in Lagos, Nigeria at a time after a number of gods have come to the place, understandably causing chaos. Our protagonist, the eponymous David Mogo, makes a living dealing with the minor gods and makes an unsavoury deal at the beginning of the book to capture a pair of twin gods. In the end, he's only able to catch one of them and then starts to realise that he's been played for a sucker and that his erstwhile employer is actually trying to accumulate power by using the gods he wants David to deliver to him.
Our hero is, of course, something special too - half god, through his mother's side, and raised by a magician to use the powers he's inherited. As the book goes on, David comes into his inheritance more and more, as well as allying himself with a number of others (both gods and mortals) in order to deal with the risks to the people of Lagos.
There's no disputing the author knows how to spin a story, keeping my attention despite the amount of monologuing the villains get up to. I can see why the publishers picked this book up but a stronger editor might have made for a better book in the long run, as well as taking the many interesting ideas laid out here and making them into something more robust.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
All the lost socks from the dryer end up in the land of fairies/shidh!
Now that's a thing you know. LOL
Time is being drained through a leak between the two worlds.
A young boy is lead on a quest to discover why and fix it. As long as he doesn't forget.
Slither up the ladder to space 95.
I don't think I have any memoirs.
I don't think I've read more than two or three in my entire life.
1. Author is a woman : League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison
13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton
55. Is more than 500 pages long: The Godfather by Mario Puzo
63. Cover is more than 50% blue: The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
by Amanda M. Lee
This one has a YA feel to it, but the characters made it a fun read. There's a sort of amusing snark among the members of a witch family. Three cousins and their four aunts have some love/hate family dynamics than lean towards the humorous.
It's also a murder mystery. A body is found in an Autumn festivities corn maze and as one of the cousins can see and talk to ghosts, the mystery of how and why this person was killed becomes the central theme to the story.
A lot of things were predictable. I spotted the killer almost as soon as they were introduced and an elusive character was also a bit obvious, but the dynamics between characters really carry the story. While I don't feel a compelling need to read more of the gazillion stories written by this author, I did really enjoy the read.