In the wake of violent outbursts over the creation of a new local government area by the then military regime, two warring tribes, the Ijaws and the Itsekiris with an age-old ax to grind come head to head in a bloody and brutal battle for land ownership throwing a once peaceful and lovable city into chaos.
Set in March of 1997 in the war-torn city of Warri, Nigeria, BONFIRES OF THE GODS tell heartrending fictitious accounts of real-life experiences of people who had suffered great losses during the violent outrage. It tells a story of love and hate, of life and death, and of a quest for survival in one’s own homeland.
Bonfires of the Gods is a novel I was desperate to read ever since discovering it and caught my attention right away thanks to its description which alludes to a war between two tribes in 1997 and the people it affected. I love raw, emotive stories and I knew I would have this with Bonfires of the Gods so I was excited to get started. Now and then a reader will come across that one book that blows them away, it is a somewhat generic term, but that is what Bonfires of the Gods did to me… it blew me away and ever since completing it I have been thinking of its intricate and detailed story and how I need to re-read it! That is when you know book lovers that you have come across an incredible book when you are thinking of it when you have a million things to do. That is why I am already going to recommend Bonfires of the Gods to you lovely readers, and yes, it may be early on in my review, but Bonfires of the Gods is a novel not to be missed.
Bonfires of the Gods for me was thrilling, captivating and addictive right from the start and I felt this from beginning to end. Bonfires of the Gods was captivating to me from the start thanks to the premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, Andrew Eseimokumo Oki who from the start hooked me with his poignant book that was unlike anything I have read before. It is rare to find a novel like this one that is inspired by real events and a book that is also refreshing and explores a subject that is not commonly discussed. That is why I am madly in love with Bonfire of the Gods and why you should be too!
Bonfires of the Gods is an incredible novel inspired by real events and real people, and the story that is told is emotive, powerful and memorable. The reader will be taken back in time to 1997 to Warri, Nigeria. During this period of time, Warri was a war-torn city thanks to violent outbursts from its residents after the creation ‘of a new local government area.’ The reader will be introduced to two warring tribes, the Itsekiris and the Ijaws who battle it out for land ownership. During this battle, many people suffered significant losses, and their emotional stories are told against the backdrop of chaos and violence. However, although much violence is featured in Bonfires of the Gods, it is also a moving story full of a wealth of heart and emotion which shows humanity’s fighting sprit despite the odds and this book lovers is the premise of the sensational Bonfires of the Gods!
The premise of Bonfires of the Gods is exceptional, original and unlike anything, I have read before. I loved the many themes and elements explored throughout the book, and all themes are explored by Andrew wonderfully, and he does this by lacing these interesting themes throughout the text flawlessly and weaving them with the story. The result of this makes Bonfires of the Gods a highly addictive and fascinating read that is never once lackluster or predictable. Andrew really has accomplished the near impossible, Andrew has managed to write an entertaining, bewitching and flawless story that will perfectly unfold in readers minds and captivate them from start to finish.
Andrew is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp his reader’s attention from the first page. Andrew instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust his reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly but with Bonfires of the Gods, the reader will not encounter this issue because Andrew instantly develops his characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey.
Overall Bonfires of the Gods is a captivating, compelling and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so I of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!
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