4 out of 4 stars
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Close your eyes and reminiscence on a time when black people were viewed as property. A time when a faction of people considered itself superior while others were branded less deserving. A time when people of color stood before a multitude of people for auctioning. A time where the highest bidder walked away with a black man to do as he pleased. The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter by Londyn Skye is one amazingly crafted book. It is an emotional rollercoaster that tells the story of a slave by the name Lily. As a young girl, she is snatched away from her mother. Her very own father, a white man, sold her to Jesse Adams. At the tender age of nine, Lily is coerced to perform chores befitting the old. Detached from her roots, she battles depression, harassment, and loneliness. Luckily, Lily establishes a friendship with James during one of her frequent adventurous visits to the creek. The friendship and her impeccable skills of playing the piano proved therapeutic. Her joy is short-lived when Jesse finds James (son) helping Lilly with household chores. The punishment meted on the two children ensured that their friendship hits its rock bottom. Will the debilitated bond survive more atrocities? Will the sun eventually shine on Lily's path?
What I loved most about the book is the strong feminine character, Lily. I could feel her plight from the beginning. She underwent so much, yet her strength remained steadfast. Having lost her mother and living in strange and pitiless circumstances, she finds her escape, playing the piano. That is quite relevant given the history of music therapy. I liked that the book incorporates a crucial part of the history of blacks. By highlighting Lily's plight, it sheds light on the catastrophes faced by people of color. I also admired James' character. Despite his father inculcating doctrines that subverted the slaves, he retained his warm heart towards them.
There was nothing I disliked about this book. Its ability to evoke a barrage of emotions is impeccable. Its suspenseful nature deterred me from putting it down. Skye also possesses a sense of humor. She lit my face even while navigating a journey of despair and desolation.
I gladly rate this book four out of four stars. It addresses a spectrum of relevant themes in a gripping manner. As already mentioned, there was nothing that I disliked. I also feel that the author did well in selecting the book title.
I recommend this book to human rights activists, historical-fiction lovers, and romance enthusiasts. Through the characters, slavery is fought against, love chemistry sparks, and history beautifully depicted. I felt the book contained grammatical errors. However, upon intensively researching the words, I concluded that the book was proofread by a professional.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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