Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora is a historical fiction that tells the story of three women's lives on a Southern Plantation, set before, during, and after the Civil War. This unique story is so beautifully written it is hard to believe this is Afia Atakora's debut novel! The character development is superb, as is the vivid world building. I found myself immediately immersed in this world as we read all the twists and turns the characters lives take as they go from slavery to freedom with no equality. I felt so many emotions reading this novel....happiness, sadness, outrage, fear, and anger. There are parts that are hard to take because of their graphic nature. Harder still because even though this is a work of fiction, there is nothing in this book that has not happened in real life. There are themes of love, hate, heartbreak, friendship, betrayal, bravery, sacrifice, and the courage to survive and live no matter what. This book is a reminder that freedom isn't free, and we still have a long way to go towards equality and removing the practices and thoughts of systematic racism.
If you are a fan of historical speculative fiction, magic, love, sacrifice, heartbreak, and the power to persevere no matter what, then go read this book! This gem published by Random House is available for order from all major booksellers. I give Conjure Women 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait for everyone to get to read this book! Happy Reading!