Fantasy

Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

If I have changed anything about my reading style in the last few years ( and I have changed a lot of things), I have tried more different types of fantasy fiction written by people from all over the world.
This book depicts a very intricate political system that limits certain sections of society and uses very visible affiliations to your ‘roles’. We have two main threads of the narrative. One is a power-hungry woman, and on the other, her betrothed, a confused man uncertain of his position in life. Both come from unusual lineage, and this is what had thrown them together. By the end of this first book, they could not be further apart!
My one dominant reaction in this well described and complicated plot is that it felt slow. Given the near-death situations, the people continue to find themselves in, it should have felt like it was moving faster.
As a wrench thrown into any political system, we have unknown magic. The presence of this magic is a hidden piece of information, only town to a select few who use the myths behind it to suppress most of the nation.
One plotline dealt with immigrants and why they found themselves there in the first place. This formed the foundation on which the emotions of the story were built. None of the characters is completely innocent in their actions and how self-centred they are. This makes for an enticing setup for what future books hold.
Unlike some of its counterparts, the first in this series does not reveal as much as I had expected. We have a semblance of understanding of how things are, but the actual sequence of events and possibilities for a future is not clear. This last bit is a good thing.
I would recommend it to readers looking for books (fantasy or otherwise) based on non-white nations.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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