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Londyn Skye has me off guard, as a plethora of emotions ignites and dissipates in close succession. The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey To Winter Garden's cover and reviews do well not to prepare you for what's coming.
Lily leaves her mother's arms at the tender age of 9 and becomes the property of a wealthy landowner. Duties includes all tasks the slave owner needs completed. A slave ilk has zero rights. The stables provide the highest level of comfort allowed. 23 Chapters describe a heart wrenching tale of abuse, courage and eventual emotional triumph.
Lily and James deepen a friendship, the crux of the book. I enjoyed following the development of the relationship. The author provides more that enough detail to curate possibilities and provide the glue of something realistic. Short excursions into the forest turns out to be the gateway to what propels the story. Clearer thoughts and emotions form in James and Lily's Psyche. Character development is flawless.
Slavery ostracizes Lily. She has no personal choices and very limited emotional and physical boundaries. The author lists limitations to slave freedom and inhumane punishments. Scant left over meals serve as grub. Reprieve from a grueling day's labor attracts grueling punishment. James and Lily's mind and heart vistas reflect the way their characters and relationship is developing.
It is impossible to identify with the suffering from the 1850s, but to consider racism and classism in South Africa now. Is slavery not alive currently, with companies exploiting employees to the detriment of health, safety and personal boundaries? Wisdom emanates from the text as Lily and James reframed their realities into something that makes sense for them. This is the success of the text. It proposes that we can rise above that which is in our environment to take hold of life.
No less than a four out of four stars rating is suitable. The text requires no additional editing. Grammar or spelling errors do not appear. The book serves an important message to a worldwide audience. I did more than peruse the cover and read the book reviews, therefore meeting Lily, James and Londyn. There is nothing in the text that interferes with my reading experience, or the flow of the story. I am still digesting the alarming information of slave trade practices in 1853. The penultimate paragraph in the text leaves you with no other choice but to keep turning the pages of the sequel.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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