5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic – engaging. 6 May 2012By Katy WaltersFormat:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified PurchaseBaile
A story of child trafficking and slavery spoken in an ancient tongue. It captures the imagination and takes one to a world of beauty, cruelty, slavery and sex. Yet it is lyrical prose, both languorous and hypnotic in its lyrical tones. If one spoke it out loud there is a musical rhythm throughout. I liked the poetical phrase, `my brothers are faint thoughts when the nights get cold.’
Such metahpors and analogies stream through this work and as a lover and writer of poetry I would love to have written them down to savour on their own merit.
Written in first person, the voice gives credence to the story. Written by an author with a poetical approach for readers to enjoy.4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Main Character 31 May 2012By ML HamiltonFormat:Kindle EditionBaile is an interesting mix of folklore and fantasy. The main character, Yfel, is both likable and strong, and her love for her children is her greatest driving force. The story weaves through Yfel’s life and you find yourself wanting to know exactly what will happen next. It is an engaging read and full of heart.5.0 out of 5 stars Empowerment 31 May 2012By Dharma BumFormat:Kindle EditionWow! Right off the bat you can tell that LeTeisha has done her research. The language and the speech in this book is beautifully crafted, such that the characters seem to jump right out of the book and converse with you personally. The last time I saw that in a book was in Interview by a Vampire by Anne Rice.
I think the difference here though is that this is a story that breaks from the conventions of typical African American literature, discussing repression, and instead shows the protagonist mother as a proud and powerful woman.
That strikes two chords at once: the issue of race; and the issue of gender. LeTeisha does not bash the reader over the head with these issues, but rather lets them sink in as the narrative develops. I think the scale here is only comparable to Game of Thrones, although Baile seems to have more focus. Cannot wait to read her other works.