The Black God's Drums

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Tom Doherty Associates, Aug 21, 2018 - Fiction - 112 pages
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Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djl Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's Drums.

Alex Award Winner!

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

“A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic. Beguiling and bombastic!”—New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld

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After Creeper overhears a secret involving a kidnapped Haitian scientist and the Black God’s Drum in her alcove in Les Grand Murs, she tries to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust so she can secure passage ... Read full review

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User Review  - monnibo - LibraryThing

Clark has established an intriguing world and a plucky young heroine (Jacqueline/Creeper) that I would be interested to read about again. The setting is an alternate New Orleans, Civil War era(ish ... Read full review

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Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. DJL CLARK spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. His writing has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Lightspeed, Tor.com and in print anthologies including Griots I & II, Steamfunk, Myriad Lands and Hidden Youth. The Black God's Drums is his debut novella.

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