The Black God's Drums

The Black God's Drums

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Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djèlí Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's Drums .

Alex Award Winner!

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber . Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie's trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God's Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God's Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

"A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic. Beguiling and bombastic!"-- New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250294715
Branch Call Number: CLARK
Characteristics: 111 pages ; 21 cm


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IndyPL_ShellieR Mar 05, 2019

I like alt-history stuff and I love strong female characters so I should have loved this book more. It was an interesting world and I liked the characters, but the pacing was off and it ended abruptly, to me. I certainly won't warn anyone off it, but will suggest it with a warning that the pace might be a little disorienting.

JessicaGma Dec 21, 2018

This should have been a much longer novel for the amount of action packed into this novella. Such a fantastic alternate history set in New Orleans - I hope more comes from this universe!

Hillsboro_ElenaG Dec 16, 2018

In this steampunk alternate history set in New Orleans, a young street girl inhabited by a goddess of storms works with a fellow god-touched airship pilot to prevent the use of a dangerous weapon that could wipe out the entire city of New Orleans. A fun, fast-paced fantasy novella that fans of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland or Orleans by Sherri L. Smith will love.

EmilyC_KCMO Sep 11, 2018

Riveting novella that takes place in an alternate history New Orleans with powerful, complex women of color as protagonists. Irreverent, fast-paced, magical.

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