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Home Like his contemporaries Karl Edward Wagner Kane and Michael Moorcock Elric Charles Saunders brings something new to the traditional heroic fantasy tale A broad knowledge of and passion for the history and myths of Africa led to the creation of a heroic fantasy character the likes of which the world has never seen Imaro is no Tarzan no Conan Imaro is a warrior out of African legendSaunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre colonial alternate Africa Inspired by and directly addresses the Never before has a man of the Ilyassai slain Ngatun as you did Masadu said And never before has an Ilyassai done what you have this night Warrior my weapons are yoursImaro remained impassiveTake them Imaro Mubaku urgedImaro still neither moved nor spoke Mubaku's next words came haltingly as if at great costThe wrongs we Ilyassai have done to you are greater than any you have done to us the ol arem said If killing Muburi and Kanoko and stampeding the ngombe were part of what you had to do to destroy the evil that was Chitendu an evil we did not even know was still among us we can live with thatYou are a man and a warrior Imaro You have done deeds greater than any Ilyassai of any clan since the time of the First Ancestors of Ajunge himself Return to the manyattas with us We will do you honor and we will honor the memory of Katisa who brought you among us No longer will you be called 'son of no father' I will make you my own son for your mother's blood is mine as is yoursImaro looked at him then Mubaku father of Katisa Mubaku his grandfather He recalled a day long past when he had unwittingly called Mubaku mkale ya mzazi father of my mother On that day Mubaku had beaten him senselessHe bent and took up Masadu's arem and simi As he held the warrior trainer's weapons in his hands new strength flowed into his weary limbs It was the strength of vindication His lifelong goal acceptance as a warrior among his mother's people was his at last For one painfully short moment his heart sang in triumph Then the memories returned crowding his mind like ants teeming from an overturned hill Bitter memories hateful memories each one a brick in a soaring wall of acrimony that would forever stand between him and the people who had now belatedly acknowledged him The Ilyassai were a proud people a harsh people a fierce people a just people but they were not his people And he could not forgetHis hands opened Masadu's weapons fell with a clatter and a clang to the rock strewn ground His heart hardened And the hurt child spokeYou did not accept me before he said tonelessly I will not accept you now4 14 stars

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Imaro by Charles R. SaundeAlienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre It addresses this both structurally via its uniue setting and thematically via its alienated tribeless hero protagonist The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions and provide a uniue perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sud Very inventive sword sorcery set in an Alternate Africa Virtually uniue at the time it came out in introducing a hero who was black into a heroic fantasy setting This is the first of three books in a series although the three don't make a trilogy in the standard sense Each book stands on its own


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Saunders – Imaro is a rousing adventure a tale of a young man’s continuing struggle to gain acceptance amongst his people and to break the cycle of alienation and violence that plagues his life Imaro is heroic ImaroImaro is a rousing adventure a tale of a young man’s continuing struggle to gain acceptance amongst his people and to break the cycle of alienation and violence that plagues his life Imaro is heroic fantasy like it’s never been done before Based on Africa and African traditions and legends Charles Saunders has created Nyumbani which means “home” in Swahili an amalgam of the real the semi real and the unreal Imaro is the name of the larger than life warrior an outcast who travels across Nyumbani searching for a uality Adventure with Legendary ContextStyle Legendary MotivationsThis uniue blend of Lovecraft African mythology features a Conan like hero It’s pulpy style storytelling may merit 4 stars its uniueness place in literature boost it to 5 Imaro is adventure in the vein of vintage pulp periodicals Expect heavy doses of sorcery horror at a brisk pace Unlike traditional pulp stories these chapters are slightly less episodic and chronological In other words Imaro is of a continuing character versus Howard’s original Conan publications Adventure tropes that could be called “cheesy” are compensated well with engrossing visceral battle scenes and bestial sorcery In fact I was reminded of James Silke Frazetta’s Death Dealer series and thought Charles R Saunders was much effective at a milieu including junglesavannah beasts Saunders’ Imaro felt Frazetta like than Gath in Prisoner of the Horned Helmet or Tooth and ClawAn excerpt from Saunders’s Into to Milton Davis’s Griots A Sword and Soul Anthology best reveals the author’s passionRobert E Howard and his contemporaries were products of their time Racism in the form of white supremacy was an integral part of the popular culture of the early decades of the twentieth century and as such it pervaded pulp fiction As a product of a later time during which the tenets of racism came under vigorous challenge my enjoyment of fiction from past decades was often compromised by the racial attitudes I encountered in my reading On some occasions I simply let it slide On others I wrestled with resentment Then I discovered a way to resolve my dilemma Interest in African history and culture surged during the 1960s and at the same time I was reading sword and sorcery and fantasy fiction I was also absorbing heretofore unknown information about a continent that was not “dark” as its detractors made it out to be I realized that this non stereotypical Africa of history and legend was just as valid a setting for fantasy stories as was the ancient and medieval Europe that served as the common default setting for everything from Conan to Lord of the Rings A character came into my head then Imaro a black man who could stand alongside mythical warrior heroes like Beowulf and Hercules as well as fictional creations such as Conan and Kull Saunders executed his dream very well uniuely adding to adventure literature steering how African mythology is conveyed with entertaining fiction He coined the term “Sword Soul” and effectively started a new subgenre Wow I would argue that he was so effective at writing that he depicted an almost darker Nyumbani continent ie Africa albeit one based on history substance rather than racism Saunders’ sensitivity toward enslavement and genocide motivated him to replace his longest chapter Book 3 Slaves of the Giant Kings when Nightshade printed the second edition He replaced it with “The Afua” and included an additional chapter Betrayal in Blood I tracked down this copy too and really liked how Saunder's revisted his past work and made it stronger The Afua chapter in particular seemed consistent with Imaro's development as an outcast and his conflict with evil forcesand the writing seemed less forced especially with Tanisha's introduction The candid remarks from Saunders and Syzumskyj a loyal fan who urged him to revist Imaro added value In short despite the first edition being a good read I would recommend future readers to grab the Nightshade Version if given the option since it is even better1981 Imaro Edition Contents • Book 1 Turkhana Knives• Book 2 The Place of Stones • Book 3 Slaves Of The Giant Kings replaced with “The Afua” in the 2006 edition• Book 4 Horror in the Black Hills Cover for 1986 based from this chapter• Book 5 The City of Madness this is not in the 2006 edition of “Imaro 1” from Nightshadebut does appear in the first chapter in Nightshades’ “Imaro 2” renamed Mji Ya Wzimu its original title in from a 1974 publication in Dark Fantasyactually the Nightshade edition offers a different chapter in its place called Betrayal in BloodImaroThrough these five chapters Imaro evolves from being a fatherless abandoned child desiring to belong to a community into a vengeful tribe less Hercules like figure set on destroying evil forces An excerpt captures his presence best The Illyassai was a fearsome sight His dark skin glistened sweat slick through garments that hung in skimpy tatters from his massive frame Crimson crusted wounds scored his body like glyphs inscribed by devils Dried blood matted his wooly hair His face was hardened into an implacable mask of hatred Unreuited vengeance flickered like a torch In his eyes yet beneath the lamina of that emotion lay a core of grief so bitter it threatened to consume him entirelyImaro vs Lovecraftian “Mashataan” SorceryEach story compounds the conflict of Imaro versus the being Mashatann whose minions or followers assume mythological status Elephantine legs rose like wrinkled trees from the ground Long bony arms hung like sticks from a pair of knobby shoulders The hands were incongruously delicate and graceful Other than his head those hands were the only remotely human features spoiler’s name had leftUpon the dais hunched a bizarre image sculpted from pitted gray green stone From the waist up the creature the sculpture depicted resembled Ngai the gorilla although its skin was hairless and its wide mouth bore fangs even longer than those of the red panther Imaro had slain It was the lower extremities of the unknown beast’s body that marked it as something alien to the world of natural beings Its legs were the hinduarters of Mboa the buffalo thick muscular haunches tapering to sharp lethal hooves Cover The 1981 cover by Ken Kelly captured the tone but seems to have some glaring disconnects the cover depicts Book Four Horror in the Hills but has a hero that appears non African and the creature approximates the primary antagonistbut is of the incorrect gender The NightShade’s edition of Imaro 1 has a beautiful illustration by Vince Evans but given the color palette the lack of magic creatures appears to showcase a Historical Fiction novel rather than Fantasy Fiction Perhaps some of those design features were intentional marketing concepts Finding A CopyThe series Imaro continues with 3 books Imaro 2 The uest for Cush The Trail of Bohu Imaro The Naama War available from Lulucom Mshindo Kuumba has emerged as Saunder’s go to artist for these Click here to go to Saunders’ website to locate books Where to purchase new Saunders books Although the first two Imaro books from DAW were reprinted in 2006 by Nightshade they are difficult to find now 2013 Used bookstores are your best bet Ebooks are being developed according to a very credible source that being virtual brother to Saunders Milton Davis who edited Griots A Sword and Soul Anthology the foundational Sword Soul anthology He recently commented on the Sword Sorcery Group on Goodreads LINK Milton Davis Charles's current publisher is working on e book versions of the Imaro books There's a new Imaro story in Griots and a new Dossouye story in the upcoming Griots Sisters of the Spear anthology And to top it all off I plan to publish the first book or two in a new series by him entitled 'Abengoni Sword Soul is highly recommended to fantasy fiction readers