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Posted April 18, 2011
Milt Davis's CHANGA'S SAFARI took me back to the grand old days of yore. I felt like a kid again, when I first discovered the sacred genre of sword and sorcery. This is a rip-roaring adventure told with wit and humor, action and romance, and a subtlty of character I found totally refreshing. Changa is a clever merchant who uses his brains as often, and with as great effect as he uses his sword. He kicks some serious butt, but along the way manages to gather more than his share of wounds and bruises. He's a strong, likable hero, but with traits and qualities that are rare in heroes of this type of fiction. Changa is a fully realized character who jumps off the pages of this novel, a character who lives and breathes and laughs and loves. Changa is real because of Mister Davis's talent, because he's given Changa a full and interesting life was lived before this novel even gets underway. All of Mr. Davis's characters, like the lovely and formidable Panya, and the silent and loyal Taureg are real because Mister Davis has that rare gift -- the magic that occurs between the words on a page. Milt Davis has created a wonderful character, an exciting story, and a fantastic world that's totally his own. The setting is both exotic and fanciful, while being firmly grounded in reality: 15th century Africa and China. I highly recommend CHANGA'S SAFARI to all lovers of high seas adventure and good old-fashioned sword and sorcery storytelling. I am greatly looking forward to reading the second book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Changa's Safari is a nonstop adventure, set in a world that borders the historical and fantastic. Changa is a Swahili swashbuckler traveling the waterways between East Africa and Asia. His journey will take him from the merchant cities of East Africa to the Middle Kingdom of China. Reminiscent of the Sinbad tales, Changa has to use his fighting skill and his wit to escape wicked sorcerers, terrifying monsters and more. Definitely a good read for those looking for something "different" in their fantasy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2011
I don't know if the first word in the title of this review actually qualifies as a word. If it doesn't, it does now! Changa's Safari is so good it'll drive the reader to make up new words, birth an entire lexicon.
Milton Davis, author of two previous works of fantasy: Meji One and Two, does not disappoint in his third offering about the adventures of an intrepid Swahili merchant and his brave crew. Unlike the Meji novels, where the setting was an alternate Africa, Changa's Safari takes place in a real world 14th century East Africa, during a period when that part of the continent was involved in the lucrative Indian Ocean trade. Such trade links traveled from the kingdoms of the East African hinterland to its littoral to as far away as China.
The novel's geographic scope is reflective of the history that inspired it. Changa and his crew travel far afield in pursuit of profit while finding adventure in the course of their journey. Changa, however, is not motivated solely by the love of coin. He's an outcast from his native Kongo. Changa seeks vengeance against the sorcerer responsible for his expulsion and the enslavement of his family. Only through the accumulation of enough wealth can Changa procure the power to confront this nemesis.
There is magic and wonder in this novel aplenty, reminiscent of the Sinbad adventures I enjoyed as a child. The action is fast paced, the characterization well rounded. Davis' detailed descriptions of places and things reveal the vast extent of his research into this period. Authenticity shares a comfortable coexistence with the fantastic. As for the protagonist. What can I say about Changa? He is everything a person could ask for in a heroic fantasy hero. He's strong, skilled with weapons (the sword and those ultra fantastic throwing knives he uses to devastating effect) he's smart and possesses a witty tongue. In the second decade of the 21st century, Davis has introduced us to a new larger than life hero. But Changa's Safari won't be a one and only. The author has plans for Changa's exploits to carry over into additional volumes.
And thank goodness for that because reading just one Changa's Safari will not be enough.
Posted March 3, 2011
I typically wouldn't read sorcery/mystery/sword and soul novels but a good friend of mine recommended Changa's Safari to me. This book kept me on the edge of my seat! It seemed that every time I turned a page I experienced a new adventure along with Changa, Panya, and The Tuareg. Mr. Davis' descriptions of the settings, characters, and events created mental pictures that put me right in the midst of the action! My friend mentioned that his other book, Meji, was just as enjoyable. I'll be checking it out soon. My only disappointment is that Changa's Safari Book 2 isn't complete yet. Hurry up, Mr. Davis! Write that second book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.