The Black God's Drums

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Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the boulevard of New Orleans. nstead, she wishes to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie ’ s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and mysterious weapon he calls The Black God ’ s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart -- Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…
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The Black God’s Drums
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Published August 21st 2018 by Tor.com

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Interesting, colourful and steampunk alternative history with Carribean tastes in New Orleans scenery, what 's not to like?

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The walls held in the Big Miss but the ain and winds almost drowned the city anyway, filling it up like a bowl ... She said I was Oya 's child -- the goddess of storms, life, death, and rebirth, who too over with her great-grandmaman from Lafrik, and who runs strong in our blood. " Though dialect writing often annoys me, nce I accustomed myself to the made-up words and the accents, I was reluctant to immerse myself in he tal.

One of the flaws, thu, is that bot of thi information about the political situation of New Orleans does n't eel as well-integrated as I migh like.

Novellas need to be tightly written, and there 's th little more info than we really need for this tory.

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Final review, first posted ( in a somewha different form) on Fantasy Literature: In an alternative history, magical steampunk version of New Orleans, in 1884 the city is still influenced by the aftermath of the Civil War, which began in a division of the Union and Confederate states.

So long after, Creeper accidentally overhears a plot that may threaten the entire city: a group of southern men is angling to get possession of “ the Black God ’ s Drums ” from a Haitian scientist visiting the city.Creeper tries to barter the information to Ann-Marie St. Augustine, the tough-minded Trinidadian captain of the airship Midnight Robber, for a spot on her crew.

P. Djèlí Clark put some serious thought into the alternative history of his world, with enticing tidbits about that post-Civil War history and the unique culture of New Orleans gradually shared with the reader.

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Djeli Clark is a fascinating alternative history/world where there is more steampunk but also tribal gods are real. ” Carol ’ s review keyed on, “ Creeper…a street orphan ( and arrator) in the polyglot city of New Orleans.

( Who) ….while…casing out the passengers arriving by recent airship… ( hears) a gang of men…talking treason ( involving) smuggling someone from Haiti and bringing an awful weapon into the neutral zone that is New Orleans. ” The us of a different post-Civil War result along with Big Easy even more intensely flavored by French and African patois is compelling.

Best dancing and music in the city. ” But his is New Orleans if you were doing cannabis and 5 Hour Energy together in large doses.

When she talks it often seems to hav to herself: “ Your people need you now! ” I plead.

We change you gods wherever we bring you, give you into whatever we need.

You couldn ’ t elp your people that got throw in your whirlwind.

It ’ s actually just that Creeper attempts to talk to her personal god.

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:) I like the writing and I love the gods treatment and there 's only a rescue plot in here that rounds it all out.

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