Warriors. Maaza Mengiste’s novel titled, The Shadow King, is set in Ethiopia during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion. The novel elaborates on a lesser-known aspect of that episode: the role of women as warriors. The plans and actions of this brave women inspire the Ethiopian military as they face Mussolini’s army. Mengiste’s prose will appeal to readers who enjoy fine writing, and the story is likely to engage all readers who enjoy well-developed characters and historical fiction.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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