This was one of my most anticipated books this year, but I’m not entirely sure it lived up.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Rebellion Publishing in return for an honest review. Thank you!
David Mogo: Godhunter
by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Synopsis by NetGalley
“A Nigerian Harry Dresden.”
Jacey Bedford, author of Winterwood
“A riveting debut.’
~ Publisher’s Weekly.
LAGOS WILL NOT BE DESTROYED.
The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns.
Though broken and leaderless, the city endures.
David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala.
No problem, right?
- the cultural background
- the folklore/mythology/lore
This is like three books in one. I think this could have been so much more and such an epic tale if they were split into three books and each laster 300-400ish pages. But at the same time, these three parts fit nicely into just under 400pages all together and forms a well-rounded, fun and entertaining story filled with magic.
In a world were the Orisha gods have fallen to Earth and walk around causing havoc, David Mogo hunts godlings (creatures with god essence but not with identity or something) for a living. He himself is a demigod but feels more human with “extra essence”, rather than anything special. He gets himself in a tight space with a job he’s been hired to do and the gods get angry with him. It is now up to David to defend Lagos and it’s inhabitants.
I liked the story. I did not expect there to be three different books in one though. They are all continuous stories all following David Mogo and his life and problems escalate, and are treated more like parts. However, each part is a year apart which is why I feel they would have been better as separate books.
The story in itself is good and rich and inviting.
I felt the pace and steepness of the world-building were good. It was not too steep and not too info-dumping but at the same time, you get a lot of information which helps you understand this new world. The information was also drip-feed to the reader throughout the story.
There is a lot of cultural pieces in this book. It was fun to see the Orisha gods come to life and have issues with each other. There were also Nigerian food, clothing, tools/weapons included which added to the cultural background on the story and its setting.
There are gods here and demigods, and with that comes power. There are also wizards, humans who wield their own god essence into spells and charms and potions. A lot is going on.
The story is narrated by David Mogo as the title of the book suggest. He is a demigod and eats only three times a week, and hunts godlings for money. He doesn’t want trouble but trouble seems to find him. He has a real moral compass and tries to fight for what is right without hurting the innocent.
Papa Udi is a wizard and he raised David. He also helps out on David’s jobs with potions and wards and other spell stuff. He is a father figure and a teacher for David who was orphaned as a newborn baby. The way his dialogue is written in the text was very difficult for me to understand, but I caught the gist.
A tiny bit on the far side, but it’s there and it is positive.
Some of the dialogue is written in a local dialect which can be confusing or it can be giving the story that little bit extra.
There is a lot of telling, but it’s written in 1st person so it doesn’t feel as much of telling me and forcing me to believe it as if it was written in 3rd person. A wise choice in choosing the type of narrative and voice for the writing style.
The author also talks straight with the reader, something which I’m not overly a fan off but thankfully there isn’t that much of it.
I enjoyed it, but I feel it could have been better and more to it. It was interesting, exiting, and filled with magic which I loved.
Have you read this? What did you think?