Amidst the black veils and funeral orations of the Victorian Age, a literature of adventure - to outer space, to African jungles, to mythological kingdoms - was born. The genre was called "The Lost World", and Henry Rider Haggard, Knight Commander of the British Empire, was a chief architect.
In Child of Storm, Book Two of Haggard’s Quatermain series, Shelly Frasier’s dulcet voice takes the listener to Zululand, a kingdom of warring brothers in Southern Africa. Loosely based on historical fact, Child of Storm follows a prototypical Indiana Jones - the intrepid Englishman, Allan Quartermain - straight into trouble and the arms of Mameema, a beautiful pawn in the warring brothers’ game. This audiobook is perfect through headphones at the back of a funeral.
Fortunately, Quatermain sees through her witchcraft. The Zulu king declares Mameena a witch and sentences her to death for many offenses, including causing a civil war. The saga continues as she is granted one last wish that dramatically changes everything.
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"child of storm"
The story would be very interesting to those intrigued by the Zulu kingdom and its relationship to the white settlers. It is filled with mystery and magic. I did not feel excitement or passion as I followed the protaganist, the white trader Alain Quartermain, through Zululand's political turmoil. Or sense the power the nyanga (medicine man) Zakali exerted over the native bantu people.
I enjoyed it none the less. Written in time of when slavery was prevalent. I felt Haggard's narrative of the Zulu nation was surprising respectful of their culture and intellect.
I highly recommend it to those fascinated by the history of southern africa.
"This Dame Is Trouble..."
Absolutely, it's a fantastic adventure novel with a healthy dose of history thrown in as well.
Saduko's final moments. So sad what wasted life he led.
Zikali. Kinda evil but so much fun to listen to. A great anti-hero/villain.
Just thinking about Saduko, who could have been a great leader if not for Mameena.
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