Review: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps Demane, descendant of gods, follows the Captain, another descendant of gods, who can only communicate in song and has hair that drinks sunlight, down south towards the kingdom of Olorum. They’re guarding a caravan, but along the way perils are awaiting. When they encounter a monster in the deeps of the forest, Demane, called the Sorcerer by his fellow guardsmen, may have to choose between humanity and godhood.

kai ashante wilson the sorcerer of the wildeeps
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After I read and enjoyed A Taste of Honey, I decided to read this as well. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps is set in the same world, but at a later point in time, I gather. Also where A Taste of Honey was set in Olorum for the most part, this book is set in an entirely different setting.

I loved Demane as a character. He has grown up with his Auntie who taught him the ways of the gods, and what most people he encounters call sorcery, and it shows a lot in the way he is not overly familiar with human customs. I liked how utterly clueless he was at times, even though other times showed that he knew a lot more than some of the others.

At the beginning of the book Demane and the Captain are already in a relationship and I loved how loving and sweet it was, even though they hid what they are to each other for the entire time they were with the rest of the caravan. And even though Demane doesn’t understand some of the choices the Captain makes, and even gets angry there is just a lot of love between them.

The style is probably not for everyone. It reads a little awkward and wooden at times. Personally I thought it went well with Demane as a POV character, but I don’t think everyone will be able to connect with it as well as I could.

I also liked the world building, even though it can be a little confusing at times.

Overall I think, Wilson is a good writer, if a little complicated to read sometimes, and I’m curious to read more of his work.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

Additional Information

Goodreads

Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Publisher: Tor.com
Format: ebook
Page Count: 224
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781466891913

Summary:

Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery.

Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors’ artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.

The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.

The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive.

(Source: Goodreads.com)

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