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The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste will capture your imagination. And your heart with its poignant tale of the epic struggle between good and evil. This is one of those books you won’t be able to put down until you reach the last page, at which point you’ll find yourself wishing there were more. A debut novel, The Shadow King tells the story of a family forced to flee Ethiopia when their father incurs the wrath of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife during Haile Selassie’s resistance against Mussolini’s troops in World War II.

Overview About “The Shadow King” by “Maaza Mengiste”

The Shadow King is a critically acclaimed novel about a rebellious, independent-minded Ethiopian woman who becomes part of an international human rights struggle. It offers a unique glimpse into twentieth-century Ethiopian history from an insider’s perspective and provides an in-depth look at women’s roles, traditions, and customs in Ethiopian society. In addition to analyzing various aspects of Ethiopian history through Tala’s experiences, Mengiste paints a vivid portrait of Tala herself, one filled with stubbornness and contradiction but also love and determination. For many readers, The Shadow King serves as much more than just a historical or even political commentary; it is almost like a family memoir. The fictional characters become so real that they take on lives of their own.

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Chapter 1
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Chapter 1

Reviews About “The Shadow King” by “Maaza Mengiste”

This is a captivating historical novel based in Ethiopia that’s both intelligent and moving. It tells a story of revolution, love, tragedy, and betrayal. I had been looking forward to reading it for some time and I was not disappointed! The writing is exquisite — it feels like an homage to one of my favorite authors, Ngũgĩ was Thiong’o. This is my first book by Mengiste but I know it won’t be my last. She has a gift for pulling you into her story from page one.

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Chapter 2
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Chapter 2

About “Maaza Mengiste”  the author of “The Shadow King”

Maaza Mengiste is an author, teacher, and playwright from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has won many awards for her books that address social issues in Ethiopia. Her first novel, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze, was a national bestseller. Her short story Tyrant’s Blood was named to Granta Magazine’s prestigious Best of Young American Novelists list for 2012.

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