“Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard.”
I requested this ARC from Netgalley about ten seconds after reading one of the publisher’s quotes describing it as “A Nigerian Harry Dresden.” I’ll read anything compared to The Dresden Files, but I was even more excited that it took place in a setting with a whole new mythos to explore. My expectations were high and for the most part I was not disappointed. I had a lot of fun reading this.
My favorite thing about this book was the masterful use of first person Voice. David’s voice was smart and quick, funny and authentic, and fun to follow through every twist and turn. Okungbowa does a great job of bouncing characters between problems big and small and then tying them into one big knot. While heavy on the exposition and pacing at times, the main character’s way of seeing and describing things kept me reading throughout every crazy godling and plot twist he encountered.
The language in the book is another unique but also exciting choice. Okungbowa chose to write the dialogue with the local Lagos accent that he remembers from his own childhood. Because I was previously unfamiliar with the style, it was a challenge to understand at first but it also brought an immersive quality to the writing. I grew accustomed over time and appreciate the authenticity that the author worked so hard to bring into the story.
I love Urban Fantasy and David Mogo, Godhunter is an extremely promising debut novel for Okungbowa. While heavy on the exposition at times, it makes up for any freshman flaws with a detailed and beautifully built world and quick, funny action. More than anything it was fun to read, and I will definitely be looking out for more from this author in the future.
Look for this one on shelves on July 9th, 2019!