Son of the Storm

Son of the Storm
USD 16.99 / CAD 22.99 / GBP 8.99eBook: USD 9.99 / CAD 11.99 / GBP 8.99Audiobook: USD 29.65 / GBP 19.99
Series: The Nameless Republic, Book 1
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Trade Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook
Length: 489 pages
Narrator: Korey Jackson
Illustrator: Dan Dos Santos
ISBN: 9780316428941

★ An Amazon Editors' Pick for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for Goodreads | Book Riot | Buzzfeed | Den of Geek | io9 | The Mary Sue | LitHub | | Nerd Daily | Fantasy Hive | Winter Is Coming | Greatist

A young scholar's ambition threatens to reshape an empire determined to retain its might in this epic tale of violent conquest, buried histories, and forbidden magic.

About the Book

In the city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatness—only he doesn’t want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls. The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The migrants aren’t allowed to say.

But when Danso stumbles across a warrior wielding magic that shouldn’t exist, he’s put on a collision course with Bassa’s darkest secrets. Drawn into the city’s hidden history, he sets out on a journey beyond its borders. But the chaos left in his wake threatens to destroy the empire.

  • Formats: Paperback, ebook and audiobook.
  • Ages: Recommended for Adult (18 and above), but could also be read by Young Adults (16+)
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In the press

“Enthralling…this sweeping and politically charged fantasy explores race, gender, and culture in a complex and compelling world.”
A thrilling, fantastical adventure that introduces a beguiling new world...and then rips apart everything you think you know.
– S. A. Chakraborty, internationally bestselling author of City of Brass and the Daevabad trilogy
I have to say that this is everything I love to see in a fantasy story: masterful, fully-realized worldbuilding, morally complex characters, thoughtful and piercing interrogations of power, privilege, and all the facets of human nature. Honestly it's been a long, long time since I've seen as fantastic a villainess as what Okungbowa's presented us here too. (And you know what a sucker I am for a good multi-POV story.) Can't wait to see the next book in the series. Damn good stuff!
– Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
Although set in a pre-industrialised world, the themes explored in Suyi Davies Okungbowa's 'Son of the Storm' have a palpable contemporary resonance. Okungbowa weaves an intricate and irresistible plot around the tensions and contradictions of a corrupt, decadent society which is both dependent upon and resentful of its diverse migrant population. The result is a vibrant tale of betrayal, intrigue and revolution which benefits greatly from an original setting, a fresh take on magic and deftly executed characterisation.
– Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song
“It’s always refreshing to find fantasies that break with all the old conventions and tropes, and Son of the Storm delivers on this like a flash of lightning in the dark! Set in a deftly crafted world of forbidden sorcery, magical beasts and fractured polities, this tale follows three characters whose seemingly disparate journeys are set for a collision course that will rewrite the fate of whole peoples and empires. Suyi Davies Okungbowa has created an original and fully conceived new world of fantasy teeming with brilliant possibilities and demanding to be explored!”
– P. Djèlí Clark, author of A Master of Djinn
Okungbowa’s richly-drawn and ruthlessly strict world never provides its conflicted characters with easy answers. Fantastical beasts and forgotten magic propel a story about ambition, conspiracy, and the elusiveness of belonging. This is epic fantasy that will make you think and leave you unsettled.
– Fonda Lee, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Jade City
“Suyi Davies Okungbowa, who made an impact with his debut fantasy book, rises again...proving again that African writing cannot be restrained within its own genre.”
An epic fantasy set apart by how deftly Okungbowa unfurls his intricate, richly imagined world. It's not often you get to read a fantasy novel that spans not only ancient magic, sinister machinations and monstrous forests but courthouses, college classes and hairdressers too, evoking the terrible and fascinating city-state of Bassa in living, breathing detail.
– A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name
Okungbowa's world feels fully formed from the first pages, sweeping readers away into an elaborately plotted tale of ancient magics and world-shattering politics. I, like many others, will be impatiently waiting for the next installment!
– Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
A world so exquisitely observed in every detail, from the built environment to its social and political organization, that you can’t help but tumble headlong into its vivid, captivating reality. Esheme is a standout: her unflinching subversion of motherhood to serve her own ends absolutely thrilled me.
– Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun
An original and fascinating epic fantasy full of bold characters, bloody action and brutal politics. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
– James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost
Gripping...this series starter promises more good things to come.
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