David Mogo, Godhunter

David Mogo, Godhunter
Genres: Fantasy, Godpunk, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Abaddon (Rebellion Publishing, US/UK)
Publication Year: 2019
Format: Print + Kindle
Length: 360 pages
Illustrator: Yoshi Yoshitani (Cover)

Winner, the 2020 Nommo Award for Best Speculative Novel by an African (the Ilube Award)

The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, the city endures.

David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala.

No problem, right?

About the Book

David Mogo, Godhunter brings Nigerian godpunk and Yoruba mythology in this powerful and atmospheric urban African fantasy set in Lagos.

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard.

This urban fantasy godpunk novel from Nigeria continues a growing tradition in bringing the choicest bits of African fantasy to life.

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Reviews: Publisher’s Weekly | Strange Horizons | F(r)ictionBlack Nerd ProblemsSalon Futura

In the press

"A number of books have been termed 'godpunk,' but Suyi Davies Okungbowa's novel may be the subgenre's platonic deific ideal, from its title to its plot to its terse but vivid prose... Assured and arch, unsettling and thoroughly enjoyable--an auspicious debut from one of the most promising new voices in the growing coterie of African Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers."
"Okungbowa's story is as refreshing as it is fun."
"In this riveting debut, Okungbowa reminds readers that home and family are not always about blood. This story is captivating, and readers… will find it delightful."
"A fantastic adventure of gods and mortals—highly recommended."
– Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
"Vivid, visceral and with a strength of the voice that just pulls me right in. The god-littered world of David Mogo's Lagos just won't let go."
– Jeanette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun
"An adventure of literally cosmic proportions...David Mogo, Godhunter is a fun, fast adventure and an easy way for American readers to expand their reading of African spec fic."
– BlackNerdProblems
"…A fantastic world that's a welcome break from the usual European-style sword and sorcery epics."
– Literary Hub
"A Nigerian Harry Dresden. Okungbowa’s voice is great, and makes Lagos feel familiar."
– Jacey Bedford, author of Winterwood
"It’s a fun fresh ride brimful of adventure, showcasing great new talent. Wholeheartedly recommend if you love Zen Cho, Tade Thompson or Nnedi Okorafor."
– Liz de Jager, author of the Blackhart Legacy trilogy
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