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The Black God's Drums

(2018)
A Novella by

 
 
Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djeli Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's Drums.

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie's trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God's Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God's Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

"A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic. Beguiling and bombastic!" - New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"P. Djeli Clark's novella sunk its teeth into me from the first page, with a narrative voice that perfectly captures the spirit of The Crescent City. It chilled me to the bone, warmed my heart, and had me laughing out loud - sometimes all at once." - Robyn Bennis

"This mashup of history and culture has been perfectly distilled into a world fully realized and authentic. AU-THEN-TIC. Down to the sounds and tastes. Clark is a griot of the first order and The Black God's Drums is a call from the ancestors, an invitation to join in with them to celebrate story." - Maurice Broaddus

"The Black God's Drums is a fast paced tale of wit, wiles, and wisdom." - Curtis Craddock

"A superb and elegant blend of alternate history, top-shelf worldbuilding, magic, and steampunk adventure with a unique voice to tie it all together. I can't wait for more tales in this setting!" - Michael F Haspil

"A mesmerizing, sprawling alternate history brimming with authenticity and voice. You'll be bitterly disappointed when it's over. Clark's novella will leave you ravenous for more." - Justina Ireland

"International intrigue involving the Confederacy, strange science, and hoodoo magic!" - David D Levine

"Whether you're new to orisha magic or seasoned in the lore, Clark's retro-afrofuturistic tale will keep you engrossed in a world of airships, New Orleans, alternative history, and renegade scientists. The language and setting is so authentic you'll taste the gumbo." - Tade Thompson

"A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic." - Scott Westerfeld

"Definitely do not miss this lightning fast romp through the steampunk bayous of an alternate New Orleans. Clark’s story bleeds with style, elaborate language, and unforgettable characters who are pulled by the undercurrents of hidden gods." - Daniel H Wilson


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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Black God's Drums
Author(s): P Djeli Clark
ISBN: 1-250-29471-1 / 978-1-250-29471-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor.com
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August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Black God's Drums
Author(s): P Djeli Clark
Publisher: Tor.com
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU