The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Book - 2019
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In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But when Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia is about to lose hope, Hirut helps to disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor to keep the fight alive. She becomes his guard, inspiring women to join the war against fascism.
Publisher: Edinburgh :, Canongate,, 2019
ISBN: 9781838851392
Branch Call Number: FIC MENGI M


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Apr 14, 2021

A very different approach to events in 20th ce ntury East Africa and Italian colonialism with a strong story-plot

Mar 27, 2021

Really compelling novel about events I was aware of in a general sense but didn't know much about. Makes me want to read some non-fiction about this war, though maybe not right away.
Being about war, it's a brutal read sometimes, but also a beautiful one.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 15, 2020

A historical novel set in WWII Ethiopia. Unique in that it deals with women in military roles. This was not an easy read, as there are frequent casual scenes of rape. While I enjoyed Old Drift more than this title, they will appeal to similar readers.

Dec 14, 2020

We did a bookclub on this one. 3 of the 6 people finished it. It was slow. Those that finished it mostly liked it, but it was not an easy read. I listened to it and gave up. We've decided to pick easier books to get into during this Covid time.

OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

I don't typically like historical fiction, however this book is an exception. A story of women's roles during Ethiopia's resistance to Italian fascism in the 1930's, this saga captivated me through the strength of its characters and the lyricism of the author.

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