In the Shadow of the Fall

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Pub Date Jul 23 2024 | Archive Date Jul 23 2024


A cosmic war reignites and the fate of the orisha lie in the hands of an untried acolyte in this first entry of a new epic fantasy novella duology by Tobi Ogundiran, for fans of N. K. Jemisin and Tomi Adeyemi.

"The novella of the year has arrived!"—Mark Oshiro, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Ashâke is an acolyte in the temple of Ifa, yearning for the day she is made a priestess and sent out into the world to serve the orisha. But of all the acolytes, she is the only one the orisha refuse to speak to. For years she has watched from the sidelines as peer after peer passes her by and ascends to full priesthood.

Desperate, Ashâke attempts to summon and trap an orisha—any orisha. Instead, she experiences a vision so terrible it draws the attention of a powerful enemy sect and thrusts Ashâke into the center of a centuries-old war that will shatter the very foundations of her world.

A cosmic war reignites and the fate of the orisha lie in the hands of an untried acolyte in this first entry of a new epic fantasy novella duology by Tobi Ogundiran, for fans of N. K. Jemisin and...

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I went into this book already excited just by the description alone. I however wasn’t expecting such a rich and varied storytelling from a novella. The world was impeccably established, the characters given a richness and life that is tangible and heart wrenching. Ashâke is a dynamic character from the first page, the cast of characters you meet including the mythological and religious ones are so vivid it’s unbelievable. No matter how briefly you meet them, each leaves an impact.

I feel as if I’ve read an entire series and not merely an introduction. I am dying for more and I cannot wait to see the rest of the story!

A masterful tapestry of culture, mythology, religion, and character development.

Thank you NetGalley and Tordotcom for offering me an Arc of this spellbinding series beginning!

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This novella packs a punch.

From the beginning I was absolutely enthralled by Ashâke and the overwhelming suffering she went through to be accepted. To be like those around her. The lengths she went through only to be rejected by those she considered family was heart breaking, but it was then I truly began to fall head first into the story.

Reading her rediscovering herself and the world around her was nothing less than phenomenal. And while this novella is beautifully short, nothing was sacrified. The worldbuilding was coherent across all themes and so beautifully written that I was able to visualize everything with no struggle.

Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2024. In the Shadow of the Fall was absolutely gorgeous.

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This is a great way to start off 2024! I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and my hope is that the author is hard at work on more stories set in this world. The setting seems to be West Africa, most likely Nigeria, and we learn a lot about the mythology/folklore of the region, which is quite fascinating. Ogundiran effortlessly makes us care about the main character, who is lost both figuratively and literally. The ending is particularly well-executed, leaving the reader wanting more while still being satisfied by what has been revealed thus far.

I encourage everyone to check this out—it’s a quick read and well worth your time.

My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Tor Publishing Group for an advance copy in exchange for my honest feedback!

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This novella was nothing short of phenomenal. Easy and smooth worldbuilding coupled with unique and exciting POV characters made this one of my fastest reads in a long time. While I was initially concerned about the amount of worldbuilding that would need to happen in a 160-page novella to fit the hook, it was done in a masterful way that never once took me out of the story. The characters were fully fleshed out and realized, as were their world and the roles they played within it. Each character gets a spotlight that shines more on their history, role, shortcomings, and struggles.

My only "negative" was that some plot points felt a smidge rushed or that they could have been foreshadowed more, but I believe that has more to do with my drive in mysteries to figure out the reveals before we learn them as less to do with the quality of the work. I wish I had more foreshadowing around the big reveal, but I was pleased with it and loved the complexity it brought to the story. The setting was lush and full of danger and secrets, and I loved it!

Cheers to my first novella of 2024! 🎉

I will read more of Tobi Ogundiran's writing and look forward to future reviews! Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced copy of IN THE SHADOW OF THE FALL by Tobi Ogundiran.

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