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This classic by Charles R. Saunders, the father of Sword and Soul, has been updated and reissued for your teens, ages 15+ (more or less). This rip-roaring tale set in Africa is simply awesome!! And even better, there's four books in the Imaro series AND Saunders has a brand new book ready for preordering!! Oh, and lest I forget, they're also available on Kindle!!
"Saunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre-colonial, alternate Africa. Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre. It addresses this both structurally (via its unique setting) and thematically (via its alienated, tribeless hero-protagonist).
"The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions, and provide a unique perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan."