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Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa – ARC Review

Thank you to orbit books for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis from goodreads:

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. 

I loved Danso so much! He is my favourite type of character, a soft nerd who often acts first thinks later but has good intentions. And then we have Lilong who is a warrior and a grumpy one at that who has to deal with Danso and his act first attitude. Lastly we have Esheme who is absolutely terrifying and gets scarier as the story progresses.

Danso is treated as an outcast because he looks more like his mother than his father and so he has never really fit in. He is also incredibly smart academically and loves to learn new things and so he is at the top of his class but it’s never enough for him. He wants to know more about his mothers family and his constant searching for answers gets him into trouble. He is also set to marry Eshmae and while they are civil to each other there is no real feelings between them.

Eshmae is driven and will not let anyone get in her way, her mother is essentially a fixer and does what cannot be done through legal channels quietly and discreetly. As a result Eshmae is some what of an outcast too but she uses any all advantage she can find to further her goals. She is ruthless and doesn’t take any crap from anyone and honestly I loved her character so much although it does mean she’s out to hurt my baby Danso but I want to see more characters like her in books!

Lilong is a warrior and one who does not trust easily. She is sassy and sarcastic and does not like asking for help but I loved seeing her slowly warm to Danso and eventually start to trust him after everything they go through. I am so looking forward to seeing more of her and her people.

One of my favourite things about the book was the incredible world building. It’s set in a world inspired by a pre-colonial empire in West Africa and it was just so vibrant and I loved reading about the world and the cultures. There is a complex caste system and so many different cultures living in this world and it’s so vastly different to worlds if read about before and I just loved every single second. I also loved the magic system we are introduced to and I hope we get to learn more in the sequel!

This book slowly builds to an incredibly tense end and had me screaming because WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?! I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel because I need to know what will happen to all the characters.

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