4 out of 4 stars
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The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by Londyn Skye is a story about Lily, who at nine years of age is taken away from her black mother, and sold by her white father. She grows up as a house slave cooking and cleaning for Jesse Adam’s plantation. Lily and the youngest son, James, develop an uncanny friendship between black and white. When James reaches his teens, Jesse teaches him how slaves are to be treated. At 17-years-of-age, James goes away to study to become a doctor, and Lily fears that their friendship is gone forever. Fourteen years later James returns home and catches Lily playing his deceased mother’s piano. James discovers that Lily has been teaching herself to play the piano for years but never told him. Furious he convinces his father to let him take Lily away from the plantation to a breeder. In truth, he takes her to the Werthington Estate to get her away from his father. Why the Werthington Estate? Is this where the breeders are? What are James’s true intentions? Is James a friend or a foe? What is going to happen to Lily?
This book will take you into the darkness of slavery where black people have no rights; where animals have better shelter from nature than they do. The things that other races take for granted are denied to Negros. The right to an education, the right of ownership, the right to food and shelter, and the right to freedom are just a few of the things that Negros were not entitled to. All the Negros had to look forward to was servitude and submission to their White masters.
I liked how the author included slave codes or definitions at the front of each chapter. They helped me have a clearer understanding of how the slaves were treated, and the justification the slave owners felt that they had in administering this treatment. These codes showed the attitude that slaves were not human.
There was nothing I disliked about this book. It was well-written, and I only found a couple of errors. Some of the dialogue was a little confusing but it was not distracting. For instance, sometimes when Lily and James were speaking, it was in a southern or slave dialogue, and other times the language was formal.
I recommend this book to anyone over the age of eighteen. I do not recommend it to younger readers because there is some graphic exotic sexual content and profanity not suitable for younger readers. I will caution that this book will put the reader on an emotional roller coaster of being furious, angry, and sad.
I gladly give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I believe the book has been edited by a professional. The story flows smoothly, and the cliffhanger has resulted in my anxiously wanting to read the rest of the series. In fact, I have purchased the rest of the series to read at my leisure.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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