4 out of 4 stars
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The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by Londyn Skye is a profound book. The book is set in the South during slavery in the 1800s. As much as racism and slavery are portrayed in such a raw sense, the book still offers hope.
The book opens with the sin of a young girl, Lily, being snatched away from her mother Maya. She tried very hard to keep her daughter, but in the end her efforts were fruitless. We are then taken 14 years later where Lily is sitting in front of a piano playing a song to numb the pain as this day is the anniversary of the day she was taken from her mother. As she sat there playing the piano, her master’s son, James, stood behind her listening as she played. James used to be Lily’s best friend, but they had a falling off. He just caught her playing a piano that was off-limits to a slave. After a brief confrontation, James promised to punish his old friend. However, the “punishment” wasn’t what Lily imagined. The book explores Lily and James’ story as they mend relationships and achieve their dreams.
The book is incredibly written, the introduction of each character is detailed. Lily and James’ character development is interesting and keeps the reader interested and engaged. William offers some much-needed comfort and hope. The rest of the characters fit right in place along with the main characters of the story. The story flows even though there are scenes that look at the past, it doesn’t break the sequence of the book. As much as the southern accent brings authenticity to the story, the readability was sometimes difficult.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was a pleasant book to read, it had the ability to capture the readers attention. Although some parts were hard to read as they were too graphic and triggering, there were still some elements that offered hope that things would be better as the book went on. The editing was done professionally, even though some things may slip through the cracks, but they were negligible and didn’t take anything away from the story.
I would recommend this book to a mature audience as the book contains some sexually explicit scenes. Also, some of the slave treatment scenes are quite graphic and not recommended to people who are normally triggered by slavery. The Prodigy Slave is a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the other installments.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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