Book Review: David Mogo, Godhunter is urban fantasy at its finest

The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns over the city of Lagos. But for young David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, and his guardian Papa Udi it’s not all bad. With their combined skills in might and magic, there’s money to be made in the abandoned Nigerian city, money that will go a long way to keeping a roof over their heads.

So when David is offered the opportunity to hunt a pair of twin high gods, he knows it’s too good a paycheck to pass up. Even if it means putting himself in the employ of renowned Eko wizard Lukmon Ajala…

Nigerian Godpunk extravanganza David Mogo, Godhunter is, quite frankly, brilliant. The world building is astounding, the magic is fully entrenched, and the characters are fiercely original. Split into three sections, each part makes for a fairly quick read, as David encounters gods and godlings of varying talents and loyalties, comes to terms with who he really is, and builds an unlikely found family amongst the wreckage of a destroyed Lagos.

Nigerian born author Suyi Davies Okungbowa has rooted his excellent urban fantasy in his culture, with Yoruba and Pidgin English speaking characters throughout, and featuring deities from across the African pantheons. It’s rich and vivid, and its all bound together by the irresistible lead voice of David Mogo himself – uncertain, angry, and increasingly afraid of both the power of the gods he opposes and that of himself.

Sure, we’re sailing close to the chosen one stereotype (though I admit there’s not many chosen ones in David’s particular mould), and there’s an inconsistency to David’s strength in fight scenes, but these are minor points in an inventive, exciting, and engaging read from a writer I can’t wait to see more from.

Preorder David Mogo, Godhunter now (released July 9th)

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for my review.
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