Review: Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Not only was I fortunate to receive this via Netgalley, I also received a physical ARC through Orbit Books, so thank you so much for that! This gorgeous cover pulled me in right away and I couldn’t put it down once I started!

Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) book cover

Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1)

by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Published April 11, 2021 by Orbit Books
Series: The Nameless Republic
ISBN: 0316428949

Data 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.

My Review: Exciting West-African-inspired Fantasy!

Rep: West African, non-binary, LGBTQIA+

What a complex epic fantasy! I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about West African culture through the vivid storytelling!

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • The worldbuilding was incredible! The author didn’t skip a single detail in creating this magical world. From the clothing to the political climate, every aspect was carefully described and vivid.
  • The female characters were very well done. Esheme was my favourite and I’m looking forward to reading more about her in the next novel!
  • I loved learning about West African culture! This is a story told completely from an African perspective and it is wonderful.
  • The magic system was well developed and there is great scope for it as the series continues.

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • I was not a fan of Danso. He was simply too naive for my liking and I couldn’t connect with him.
  • At times, the pacing of the story was slow; this book was great for setting up the stage but interesting moments only happened after the first half.

In all honesty, I found this to be a fun read. It was well thought out and has great potential as a series. I’m excited for what the next book will have in store, so I’m giving this a solid 3/5 stars!

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