Author: Enna Neru
ISBN: 978-1-4327-2348-4
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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Set in Africa, the story begins in the past to give the reader an understanding of the history involved in order to bring the reader up to date with present times. Part myth, part truth, the story basically is generated around Ledimo (which means water finder), a God who appeared to be immortal and whom controlled the weather, such as draughts, floods and inclimate weather  and all the water bodies..

As his powers begin to fade, he uses up most of his remaining power to salvage the waters and powers into a stone. He has two descendents whom must derive the powers from the stone as a somewhat “team” effort, meaning they had to work together and agree on the goal in order to do this. Since they come from very different backgrounds, this proves to be a difficult task. As the story progresses though, they come to depend on each other.

An interesting fantasy tale based upon myths and truths with a story weaved around it, the author sets the scene from the beginning, but later in the book, you have to pay closer attention as the story unfolds because it gets a little confusing. Still, I think the reader can form a picture in their mind of the events as they occur if they remember to keep the past events in mind as well.

All in all, a fine example of African lore sure to entertain children who seem to soak up information like a sponge. It’s a great fantasy tale, reminding me of some of my grandfather’s tales when I was a young girl, about far away places, magic, and ancient beliefs.

It is a great storybook to read to smaller children so you can explain things as you go along. But for reading purposes, more suitable for an older child who might comprehend the story better. It’s a story children are sure to remember and possibly tell their own grandchildren one day.

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