Book Review

The Black God’s Drums – P. Djèlí Clark


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Book Title: The Black God’s Drums


Author: P. Djèlí Clark

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  8/21/18

Star Rating:  gold stargold stargold stargold stargold star –  Loved it!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This puppy is short … 110 pages.  That’s all there is! I wish it were twice … no three times as long! I’m going to keep this review short as well but don’t let that fool you, I loved it.

I have to say I love these novellas being published by Tor. It started with Binti for me and now I just want to collect all of them.  The quality of writing is top notch, they are written by a diverse group of authors, and feature brilliant Scifi/Fantasy.  This little story is right up there at the top of a distinguished list.

I don’t want to take a chance at giving away too much so I’m sticking to bare bones on the plot. Creeper, is a young girl living on the streets in New Orleans.  She is intelligent, daring and somehow chosen by the gods. Oya, an African Orisha speaks to the girl and lends her power. Scrapper wants to escape her life on the streets and get accepted on the crew of an airship but she has to prove herself.

Right off the bat the thing that impressed me most, besides the wonderful characterization of Creeper herself, is the language of the book.  This story is full of characters from so many different cultures and they speak with such distinctive dialects and voices. There is never any confusion about who is speaking. You can almost hear  the rhythms of their speech and it lends a musicality to the dialogue that I really enjoyed.  As I said, I would have loved to have spent a much longer time in this world. I’m looking forward to seeing what this writer will come up with next. I keep adding to my Tor novella pile as we speak!

Song for this book: Creole United: African American Creole Music from Louisiana



2 thoughts on “The Black God’s Drums – P. Djèlí Clark

  1. You referenced Binti, so now I have to add this to the TBR! This one sounds like it would be fabulous in audiobook form… with the right narrator of course! It almost sounds like you listened to it via audiobook? Or was the writing just that good that you could “hear” the dialects?!

    1. No I didn’t listen to it. I have to admit I have trouble with dialects in books sometimes. They can be distracting and confusing, but the way he used them in this book made reading them completely effortless. I bet it would be excellent as an audiobook.

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