From the Book Jacket
Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Elle, Time and more, The Shadow King is an "unforgettable epic from an immensely talented author who's unafraid to take risks" (Michael Schaub, NPR).
From the Discussion
"I loved the book because it took me to a point in history about which I knew nothing. I love reading untold stories of those who are forgotten or never known (I love Ruta Sepetys). The cadence of the writing is nothing short of exceptional - there's a reason this was short listed for the Booker prize. It's always fascinating to read a lyrical account of a brutal event or set of circumstances." - jenniferk
"I enjoyed the book's focus on the inner consciousness of characters who in a different kind of novel might be portrayed as either pure victims or villains. War experiences in popular English-language entertainment and a lot of books are presented in terms of the horrors of war, or a simplistic kind of heroism, but this one gives attention to immediate sensory experiences and interesting moral questions about not just war but its aftermath." - elisabethc
"I struggled with the book early on - mostly, I think, due to my own lack of background knowledge. However, once Hirut noticed the similarities between Minim and Selassie, I was completely sucked into the story and could not stop reading. I celebrated the power, courage and perseverance of Ethiopia's women. I found the description of war, particularly the way the Italians fought, to be horrific. However, I think it is important that we are aware that decorated generals and soldiers become that way most often by inflicting unspeakable horrors upon others." - acstrine