GENRE: Science Fiction/Fantasy
About the Book
A young Nigerian telepath faces a crisis. After Somadina’s sister is forced into a frightening marriage, Somadina cannot find her sibling or even her thoughts. She seeks another telepath to help.
What she finds is Lola, a busy Texan scientist who has ignored the disturbing phenomenon in her mind for decades, and has no intention of embracing this nonsense now. Yet these two have more in common than they know, and a powerful link will be forged.
Once Somadina discovers her sister is a pawn in a dangerous political game, the stakes rise for everyone, including an ancient organization of telepaths compelled to intervene. Both women are stronger than they realize, and they have ignited the wrath of a fanatic willing to kill anyone to alter his nation’s future.
Read an Excerpt
In the days that followed, Djimon discovered how fortunate his choice in a second wife had been. Throughout the drive toward Lagos, Nwanyi was not only timid, she asked for almost nothing and didn’t even seem to expect kindness from him. She stopped her attempts at conversation early on when they were met with stony silence, only asking twice to use his cell phone to call her sister. He informed her his charger worked poorly and he was saving the battery for important calls. After the second time she did not ask again.
She appeared to be fearful about sex, or at least shy enough that although they slept in the same bed, she never brought up his lack of interest. As they traveled, he saw to it she had whatever meager food and water she required, and in return she didn’t complain to him. He hoped that useful condition would continue through what he had come to think of as phase two. Phase one, of course, had been finding and procuring her.
Four days later, they arrived at his home. Mairo, his true and beloved wife with her beautiful Fulani features, got Nwanyi settled into a particularly cramped and poorly ventilated room in the rear of the house, and assigned her a sizable share of less desirable household chores that would normally have fallen to the servants.
Djimon had to smile. Even though Mairo understood how important Nwanyi was to their plans, and what little husbandly interest Djimon had in the woman, Mairo did not seem inspired to exhibit any kindness to this second wife. Now that Djimon thought about it, it was just as well. He would let Mairo inflict all the petty insults she wanted.
The blurb for this book intrigued me. I’ve always enjoyed putting myself in the shoes of someone with special gifts and wondering how I’d handle those gifts.
I wanted to really get into this story and immerse myself in the life of an empath. Unfortunately, it took quite a bit of time to get there. For me, the story didn’t truly begin until the second half of the book. Prior to that, I felt as if I was reading a history book about Nairobi. Not that it would be bad thing, I just wasn’t looking for a non-fiction fact dump when I started the book.
It’s obvious the author put a lot of effort into creating both the culture and history of the country. However, including it as she did, it skewed what should have been a beautiful story about the connection between two sisters who share a special bond. I also like the premise of using a third person to help bring the sisters together and the addition of the political intrigue.
If you’re a fan of sci-fi you will enjoy the way the author deals with the challenges and emotions the sisters dealt with because of their gifts as empaths.
About the Author
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained how, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it to be entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved, even though, to be honest, that was where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. “It’s about time,” were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie’s head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing it before it got any longer. She’s been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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