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Inspired by the West African folklore of the author’s childhood, this unique graphic novel follows the adventures of Mansour Keita, last prince of a dying kingdom, and Awa Kouyaté, his loyal Djeli, or 'royal storyteller' as they journey to meet the great wizard who destroyed their world and then withdrew into his tower, never to be seen again. On their journey, they'll cross paths with friend and foe, from myth and legend alike, and revisit the traditions, tales, and stories that gave birth to their people and nurture them still. But what dark secret lies at the heart of these stories, and what purpose do their tellers truly serve?
Djeliya is a great choice for libraries building their collection of books centering African folklore, Black voices, and speculative fiction. A funny, frenetic adventure, with stunning artwork throughout, Djeliya is a remarkable debut graphic novel by the talented young French-Senegalese creator Juni Ba.
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A Note From the Publisher
Book illustrator: Juni Ba
“DJELIYA manages to perfectly blend epic fantasy and politics with high-energy, manga-inspired action. The world and its characters are vivid and engaging, whilst remaining grounded and relatable. The story is thought provoking and beautifully woven. Juni’s art takes inspiration from great classics such as HELLBOY and SAMURAI JACK but manages to feel fresh and original.”
– Zoe Thorogood, author of The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott