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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Black God's Drums

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart--Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie."


The Black God's Drums is a standalone SFF novella by P. Djèlí Clark.

I thought this was just fine, but I take my hats off to both the author and the narrator of the audiobook.

Firstly, the narrator brought such life into the story that I might have enjoyed it less if it was someone else. Secondly, I've seen less worldbuilding in books 2x the lengths of this one. Somehow, the author always manages to build a convincing world in a short amount of pages.

I would probably pick up anything by them without question.

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