A Song of Wraiths and Ruin book review: Roseanne A B..ves African mythology into classic YA Fantasy elements
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin retains the traditional elements that make YA Fantasy captivating, such as strong female characters, a sense of otherworldliness, and intrigue, while also stepping out of the norm by weaving in West African culture, to create an intricate background to this exquisite tapestry
“To listen to a griot was to enter a new world, one where heroes danced across the heavens with spirits in their wake and gods churned mountains into being with a flick of their wrists. Malik’s body seemed to move forward of its own accord, caught on the hypnotic lure of the woman’s voice.”
The ancient oral traditions of Africa go far beyond keeping historical records of past events — they provide opportunities to understand much deeper matters, such as the relationship between the creator and the creation, the relationship of humans to the environment and the universe, matters of life and death, spirits and beyond.
Just as Malik is hypnotised by the griot, so too are readers when they pick up A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, a compelling tale that embellishes the traditional Young Adult Fantasy novel with the rich culture of West Africa. Released in June, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown is the first work of mythological fiction in an enthralling duology that speaks of courage, acceptance and dealing with irrevocable loss.
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