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Book Review- Of Captivity & Kings: A storyline that is very captivating and rich in African culture!!!!!!

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The laws are different in the Kushite ruled Kingdom of Nabara. The penalty for involvement in the slave trade is death, and if the King fails to provide justice and order under ma’at, the High Priests can order him to commit suicide. When a Roman slave ship wrecks off the coast of Nabara, peace is shattered. Ancient caravan routes, pastoralists, and nomadic hunters are threatened by kidnappings, robbery, and murder, forcing Nabaran High King Amkar Kashta to invoke the power of the six-kingdom alliance that is Nudolla. Each member of the ruling families finds themselves thrust into the rising slave trade, and the corruption of everything and everyone it touches.

It is an adventure told from the secret sanctuaries of the desert fathers in the Scetes Desert, and the massive pyramids of Meroë, to the Skeleton Coast, and over the Great Barrier Mountains of Apedemak. Here, kings and queens, princes and princesses, slave traders and gladiators, high priests and slaves, scribes and warriors, caravan robbers, and hermits collide under the thread that links them all.


My Review:

If you are looking for a book that stems from African history and culture, then look no further. 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, specifically my book reviews, then you know that I struggle with reading a book that is told from lots of POV! My memory sucks, and there is nothing that I can do about that. This book had 13 POV!!! THIRTEEN!!!!! I was so close to DNFing this book. I reread the 1st 20% of the book many times, but I would still end up feeling lost and confused. 

So why didn’t I DNF it?

Because the storyline is very captivating and rich in African culture. Besides, all of POV ended up adding essential perspectives to the story. So, I started taking notes, and connecting all of the characters to each other. 





And I am so glad that I did that! It was 101% worth it. After passing 41% of the book, I was able to read without stopping for notes…….. you can say that I devoured the rest of the book.

With strong female characters, events that will leave you petrified, a culture that is so exquisite and not often discussed in books, and the showcase of love, hate, and betrayal  among families, enemies, friends, and “allies”, how can someone dislike this book?

This was a fantastic read!!!!!I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

Of Captivity and Kings is full of African culture and history, so please add it to your!!!! This book is so good…..  AND Awesome……  AND Deserves More Love!

It is also #OwnVoices, so……………

I received a copy from the Author in exchange with an honest review.


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10 thoughts on “Book Review- Of Captivity & Kings: A storyline that is very captivating and rich in African culture!!!!!!

      1. I need to start journaling again, for sure. I do lists and to-do’s when I do but I also need to track things so (eventually) I plan to set up a full bullet journal. Right now, it’d be mostly creative procrastination! 😁

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