On the Horizon – the black god’s drums (P. Djèlí Clark)

Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

the black god’s drums (P. Djèlí Clark)

Title: the black god’s drums

Author: P. Djèlí Clark

Publisher: Tor.com

Publication Date: Tomorrow!! (paperback/ebook)

ISBN: 978-1250294715

Source: NetGalley

I absolutely loved this novella.  It follows the orphan, Creeper, who inadvertently hears a plot she is not supposed to know about and then gets drawn into the struggle to stop it.  This is set in an alternate 1884 New Orleans, has airships, shows an America where slavery in the South is not illegal, and also has Gods alive and well and getting involved in human affairs.  And me description does not really begin to do it justice.  The world-building is exquisite, the characters are quirky and wonderful, and the writing captivated me.  Though short, it packed an emotional punch.  I want many more stories set in this fantastic diverse world.  Don’t just take me word on it (though yer Captain’s word should be enough!).  Check out these other reviews by me crew.  Then go get a copy.  That’s an order.  Arrr!

Melanie @ meltotheany’s review – “I loved this book and P. Djèlí Clark is now forever on my auto-buy list. And in this ownvoices novella, the entire cast is black. And the characters in this book are a tier above most, and you can’t help but fall in love with them in only 100 pages! Creeper, Madame Diouf, Anna-Marie (the bi or pan airship captain of my heart, also physical disability rep because she’s missing a leg), Feral, Eunice and Agnes, I loved them all. And I want nothing more than more books from this world.”

Elise @ thebookishactress’ review – “I absolutely love the worldbuilding of this book. The Black God’s Drums is set in a post-confederate New Orleans in which the South achieved their goal of armistice. While many cities rebelled, they succeeded in keeping most territories, using slave labor and keeping them confined via a type of poison gas called drapeto. The aesthetic used is perfect, keeping you very firmly within the alt-history lowkey-sci-fi vibe but also not feeling overdone.”

Goodreads has this to say about the novella:

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…

To visit the author’s website go to:

P. Djèlí Clark – Author

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the black god’s drums – Book

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Previous Log Entries for Tor.com Novellas

  • Hutchinson, Dave – acadie (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

25 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the black god’s drums (P. Djèlí Clark)

  1. I love the sound of this one! While novellas aren’t my favourite form – too many authors can’t handle the shorter narrative effectively – when someone can nail it, the result is a joy. Thank you for pointing me towards this one:)

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    1. I was very impressed with the world-building and the story is lovely. It was deftly done. I do think ye will like this. And for a Tor novella it be fairly cheap for them. Though a library having it is always better 🙂
      x The Captain

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    1. I don’t know anything about Everfair. I will have to check that out. But I agree about needing more alternate history from black authors. I will take some from all minorities actually. Fun! I do hope ye like this. I am pretty sure ye will 🙂
      x The Captain


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