David Mogo Godhunter - Book Review

I’m just going to say my mind here, David Mogo Godhunter was more enjoyable to read than Children Of Blood And Bone. I’m so impressed with the way the writer flexed his artistic license. It’s not often that we get a novel that uses Nigerian mythology so I was very excited to read this.

Category: Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
Published: July 2019
Length: 360, paperback

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dark 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.

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5 Reasons To Read David Mogo Godhunter

As much as I enjoyed this book, I had a few problems. But those problems luckily didn’t stop me from enjoying the novel. For instance, I felt the writer over-explained things. It would be naive of me to not understand why he did that, but moving forward, I prefer when my African writers stay true to their narrative instead of trying to “make it easy for Western readers.”

Also, the fact that the story is being told through the thoughts of the lead character makes it a little exhausting because he does a lot of thinking. That aside, I don’t think I have any strong enough reason to not like or recommend this book. In fact, I have drawn up a list of 5 reasons why you NEED to read this book.

  1. It’s a pleasurable adventure. A demigod and some mortals get to fight gods. On the streets of Lagos. Just visualize that for a bit. This book is such a trip.
  2. In the realms of the unbelievable, it’s important that the lead character is portrayed realistically and deeply. David Mogo is a demigod and has the personality to go with that. I was rooting for him a lot even though he was so cocky sometimes but he’s a demigod, I’d be cocky too.
  3. When I read fantasy fiction, I expect the writer to be crazy, be inventive and not play safe just like Jemisin did in How Long ‘Til Black Future Month(that’s my standard now). I’m glad Suyi Davies put in the effort. Especially as the location for the book is such a famous city. He also made some changes to the gender of a god that I applauded.
  4. His worldbuilding is wonderful. Again, Lagos is a very popular city, I live in Lagos but since I’ve read the book, I can’t look at Lagos the same. I just keep seeing things. So weirdly amazing.
  5. Through fantasy, we can talk about real-life issues in a removed way. and David Mogo Godhunter does a decent job of addressing Nigerian police brutality.

About The Author

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of stories featuring African gods, starships, monsters, detectives and everything in-between. His godpunk novel, David Mogo, Godhunter, is out from Abaddon in July 2019. His internationally published fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, Mothership Zeta, Omenana, Ozy, Brick Moon Fiction and other periodicals and anthologies.

David Mogo Godhunter

He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where he teaches writing and has worked in editorial at Podcastle and Sonora Review. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else.

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