4 out of 4 stars
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The most fascinating thing that I liked about this book is the length at which the author went in her vivid descriptions. Her abilities to graphically present a character foregrounded every minute detail in the most artistic way, which endeared me to them. Skye managed to draw the line between the suffering of enslaved Black people and contrasted their lifestyle with those of freed slaves. Moreover, she went ahead to distinguish the economic superiority of wealthy White men with that of the corrupt White law enforcers.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by Londyn Skye deserves a maximum rating of four out of four stars for its excellent presentation and professional editing. I found only two grammatical mistakes, which could be easily fixed by another round of editing. There is also nothing that I did not like about this well-researched book, which historically describes the oppression and discrimination faced by Black people during the slave trade era.
Lily was barely a decade old, when she was forcefully and violently snatched from her mother and sold into slavery by her own father. Memories of the tug of war between her father and mother are always rekindled by the scars left on her skin after the struggle. She cannot forget the torture she went through at the slave auction, where her new slave master, Jesse, bought her. She since believed that everything had gone down the drains and her miserable life would never see salvation. However, Lily's recruitment into slavery has plenty of surprises waiting for her. She is transfixed between trusting the very race of her betrayers or clinging to her oppression.
The overall presentation of this book is really commendable. Skye included slave codes at the beginning of most chapters, which served as great reference sources and guided the events that ensued in the subsequent chapters. The codes also portrayed the virtues held by slave trade sympathizers, who attempted to improve the lifestyle of Black people in this book. I also found that dating the events in real time enhanced my ability to follow up with the action and made the events quite realistic.
I recommend this book to history students and fantasy readers alike. The twists and turns in the plot development will bring to light the effects of slave trade: disintegration of families, physical molestation, rape and other sexual assaults that were meted out on slaves. However, there are gory presentations of inhumane acts that may negatively affect sensitive readers.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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