4 out of 4 stars
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During the dark ages, black people were viewed as nothing more than property. In the thick of things, one brave and talented girl emerges to bring about a revolution. She helps make the white owners realize that slaves were worth more than a single name and a certain kind of cloth. It is on January 14th, 1845, the era of slavery. Lily is snatched from her black mother by her very own white father. She is then sold to Jesse Adams, who would own and control her for the rest of her life. It is at his plantation that Lily learns of the musical prodigy that she is. Here, she also meets a man who brings her so much joy and pain. Will interracial love win against all odds? Will her musical talent change the course of her life? These are some of the questions that had me glued from the beginning to the end as I ruthlessly devoured this book.
What I loved most about this book is its ability to hit different emotional cords. With each orchestral performance, there was a variety of feelings evoked. The book delicately addresses the issues that slaves went through and how far the black man has come. To know that there can be a black American president makes one appreciate the book even more. Even though the characters are fictional, I feel that some of the slaves had almost similar stories. The book also adds suspense and quite unpredictable plot twists. For the first time in a long time, I found myself dumbfounded by the ending of a book. Never in my wildest dreams did I even imagine such a twist.
There was nothing I did not like about this book. I loved it so much I had to research who Londyn Skye is. She impressed me, and I feel she possesses an incredible writing talent. Indeed, The Prodigy Slave: Journey To Winter Garden was quite an exceptional read.
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This is because of its ability to capture fine details that mirrored the slavery period across Europe and America. Plus the positives mentioned earlier and the insightful character development, I found nothing adequate in this read to warrant deduction of a point.
I recommend the book to lovers of historical fiction. They will not only learn about black history but also be entertained while at it. People who want to learn more about slavery will find this book helpful. It has quotations of the slave acts at the beginning of each chapter. It contains vulgar language and sexual scenes fit for an adult audience.
I noticed a few errors. However, they were minimal and did not affect the book's rating. Therefore, I believe it was edited by a professional. Londyn Skye achieved her goal of a unique type of romance novel. I celebrate her for that.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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