Title: The Black God’s Drums
Author: P. Djeli Clark
Page Count: 110 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Science Fiction
Rating: 4.5 stars
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans.
Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber.
Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.
But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers.
And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…
What could be better than a story with magic? A story with magic and AIRSHIPS. The Black God’s Drums was emotionally potent, full of strong diverse characters, an entire black cast and airships! The main character, Creeper, has a voice that will hit you with a force you won’t be able to handle. She is fantastic!
Clark’s storytelling is mesmerizing and I’m going to describe the worldbuilding as asthetically perfect, steampunk-esque if you will. The sci fi vibe is on point with African mythology mixed with futuristic technology.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, TorDotCom finds the best short stories!
**Thank you TorDotCom for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.**