Excellent read: nicely developed world/society; nicely developed characters; and thematically mature action/adventure/romance novel. Kept me turning pages when I should have been abed. I will definitely sign up for the rest of the series: I care about all these characters and the central mystery is worth pursuing. Ball is proving to be a significant, relevant and exciting voice in Canadian SF&F
Parallel stories set in Edmonton's North African immigrant neighbourhood, nicknamed Kush, and actual ancient Kush. Great realistic fiction of struggles of young black teenager combined with archetypal allegorical journey of orphan fighting for his life in mythical landscapes. Don't let author name put you off..."Minister Faust" is well known Edmonton radio DJ, so kept the name for his writing. He self-published because he could, not because he had to.
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Okay, not actually self-published, but from a VERY small publisher (4 books at last count) and so kind of disappeared from sight much as if self-published, but deserves a larger audience. Canadian SF collection worth looking for. Full review at http://www.sfeditor.ca/reviews/finding.htm
Cliff Burns was self-publishing 25 years before it became fashionable. One reason for his success is the excellent quality of his covers and production values. This is not a cover you're ashamed to be seen with on the bus.