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BOOK REVIEW | IN THE SHADOW OF THE FALL | TOBI OGUNDIRAN

  In the Shadow of The Fall, the first in the billed Guardian of the Gods duology, is an African inspired fantasy based on Yoruba mythology. Ashȃke is an acolyte in an undisclosed temple. Seemingly passed over by the orisha, the spirits/deities of the story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and attempts to bind one. Now, you know that this is not going to go well. I mean does it ever? With disastrous results, Ashȃke is subsequently punished for her over enthusiasm. Seeing this as a step too far, Ashȃke flees the temple and steps into the wide world where she meets the Griots and learns the truth about both herself and what she thought she knew. Plotwise, the book is not terribly original. It uses general tropes that most fantasy readers have been familiar with since Tolkien was in short trousers. In addition to that, the story went pretty much as expected and didn’t really give too many shocks or surprises. The characters on the whole were pretty thin, and in all hon

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