4 out of 4 stars
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The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey To Winter Garden by Londyn Skye is a story of Lily a young slave, who at the age of 9 was ripped from her mother’s arms by her slave master, who happened to be her father, and sold off to another plantation. Lily found solace in the friendship between her and her new slave master’s youngest son James. When their friendship suddenly ended without an explanation, Lily found comfort in playing the piano. However, she must play in secret because she is not allowed to touch the slave master’s late wife’s piano. After James returns home from college her worst fears come true. He catches her playing the piano. James decides that Lily must be “punished” for her actions. Lily had no idea that her punishment would lead her to a completely different world, one she did not even know excited.
This book is just simply amazing. I am not sure how else to describe it. There was not a single thing I disliked about it. I am giving it a rating of four out of four stars. Ms. Skye weaves the imagery of the horrendous treatment and conditions that the slaves lived in, with innocent and sweet childhood moments, and true wholesome love. And not just love between James and Lily but the love that Lily finds in all her newfound friendships. There is so much detail put into each character and their relationships with each other that you feel like you are living the story. And she did all of this without the book dragging on or seeming repetitive.
The slave codes at the beginning of each chapter were not only super informative, but I felt like they added to the suspense of the story line. With each new code, you realized just how far James and William were willing to break the law in order to make Lily’s dreams come true. I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, which law was going to get them. Who was going to turn them in.
Now I do have to say when the shoe finally dropped, I was speechless, angry, confused, and heartbroken. I did not dislike the ending, I actually think it was a very brilliant way to lead into the second book, I was just not prepared for it to end that way. There is no way I can not read the second book now. Emotionally I have to find out what is next.
I highly recommend everyone read this book. I think this story provides great insight into our country’s history of racism, which everyone should learn about at some point in their life. There are racial slurs and small amounts of profanity but nothing over the top. And the erotic scenes are passionate but not too graphic. Taking all these things into account, I would suggest readers be 18 years of age or older.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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