The Black God's Drums

The Black God's Drums

eBook - 2018
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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.

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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

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Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates


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Sep 15, 2020

This book is SO vivid and creepy and fun!

EKGO Jun 18, 2020

A delightfully fun romp through alt-NOLA just after the American Civil War!
This is the quick - both short in length but also fast-paced - story of Creeper who gets hold of some information that she can potentially sell. Instead, she winds up meeting sky pirates and battling racists.
The whole thing is a fun and imaginative adventure that appeals to adults and young adults alike.

May 20, 2020

Action-packed, creative world-building, diverse characters and a quick read. Very enjoyable Sci-Fantasy novel.

Oct 29, 2019

An amazing and short read. There's no downside to giving this book a try.

RandomLibrarian Aug 20, 2019

Review excerpt: "I adored this book. All the main characters are people of color and almost all of them are women. There are awesome nuns. There’s an emphasis on the importance of education. There’s adventure like mad and mysticism and magic. Not a stereotype to be found. The steampunk elements are largely limited to weapons and airships and work seamlessly within the context of the story. The alternate history is fascinating. The use of language and dialogue is masterful.

The book is novella-length, which is a difficult length to manage. So many novellas seem like dragged out short stories or truncated books. However, this story feels complete – not too rushed, not ending abruptly – just a solid adventure story with a ending that leaves a sequel possible and highly desirable but is also a satisfying ending in its own way."

Jul 11, 2019

Packs a lot into such a short book, and hits that sweet spot where it's satisfying as it is, but sequels wouldn't feel tacked on.

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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