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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient traditions and superstitions interwoven with the spirit world, 28 Mar 2014
This review is from: Mysterious Depths: An African Adventure (Kindle Edition)
Young Mamuke is sent by her beloved sister Sisim to search for her missing husband and the father of her unborn child, Otobo. What follows is a curious, Alice-like adventure into a nether world of spirits, oracles, vengeful gods and sacrificial rites. However, danger lurks around every corner and Mamuke’s adventures become ever more bizarre and violent, her trials more demanding and her foes more numerous and sadistic, culminating in battle scenes and confrontations that are positively Homeric.
Mysterious Depths is written with extreme clarity and an unusual amount of care as there are very few errors. It is in turns exciting, touching and gory and is obviously a world in which the author feels comfortable, and she is a fine writer. So what are its faults? Few really, once it is accepted that it is not a traditional novel but rather a folkloric tale. Yes, the characters are delineated into saintly good and irredeemably bad but that works in this kind of quasi-fantasy where ancient traditions and superstitions are interwoven with the spirit world. There is one moment of Hollywood (a bugbear of mine) where one of the heroines (no spoiler here) encounters three armed adversaries who, for reasons best known to them, instead of simply overpowering her, come at her one at a time enabling her to dispatch all three one after the other. But this minor quibble should not deter anyone from reading this enjoyable and highly imaginative African fable.
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