A fascinating story, based on African myths and spirituality, with the feel of a fairytale for adults. Mamuke is sent on an arduous journey to get some salt for her pregnant sister, who is experiencing a craving for it. On the way, Mamuke stops to rest and accidentally falls asleep. She enters into a dark nightmare and wakes to find that much of what she has dreamed about is actually happening. Surrounded by apparitions and faceless shadows, her experience becomes more and more surreal, and she runs away. But Mamuke has angered the gods, and soon finds that getting away is not so easy.
Beautifully written, with haunting, almost poetic prose, this novel has the feel of a fable. It is reminiscent of a Grimm’s fairytale or of the Arabian Nights. Mysterious, sometimes dark and truly captivating, the pleasure of reading this story comes both from the author’s talent at narrative and from the twists and turns of the story itself. It is a mystery, a love story and a fantastic journey into another time and place. With charming descriptions of the African landscape and well-written characters, particularly Mamuke, Shumatu, Zakuna, and Sinofu, who form the heart and soul of the tale, it is impossible not to be entranced by this fabulous and spellbinding African tale.
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About the Author
Mimizz Efemena Agwarota, a British-born Nigerian based in the UK is a married mother and an avid reader of fictional stories. Having worked exclusively in the city as a Business Analyst with multi-national investment banks, she decided to pursue her love for writing while on maternity leave.
Mysterious Depths is her first novel and she shares her life with her husband, children, and a few hundred books.
Mysterious Depths was chosen as a finalist in 3 categories in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards.
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