Legends are immortal dreams made flesh…
Kaya Abaniah believes he’s an ordinary fourteen-year-old college student. He lives with his mother on the Caribbean island of Trinidad; he’s passionate about wildlife conservation and has a crush on the prettiest girl in his class.
However, one fateful day, Kaya’s life is changed forever when he encounters Papa Bois, a folklore character similar to the Greek god, Pan.
Kaya learns he has the talent. He’s a telepath, and he’s not alone. He discovers that men in black are constantly watching him, Soucouyant, the shape-shifting vampire wants his blood, and his packed lunch is never safe.
Will Kaya succeed in protecting his relatives and friends from the supernatural evils that lurk on the tropic isle? Can he reveal the shape-shifter’s secret identity? And, why on Earth is the most gorgeous girl, he’s ever known, so interested in him?
Follow Kaya’s struggles with love, rivalry, and academic life, as he confronts the terrifying creatures of Trinidad and Tobago’s folklore, and unlocks the shocking mystery of Papa Bois, the father of the forest.
About Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest:
Kaya Abaniah (Kah-yuh Abba-na-yuh) is a boy's name. Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest is a unique story, set in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In this two-island Caribbean nation, inhabited primarily by people of African and Indian descent, Trinidadian English is the official spoken language, and Standard English is the official written language. However, Kaya speaks authentic Trinidadian Creole, which is similar, but distinct from Tobagonian Creole. Trinbagonians (Trinidadians and Tobagonians) use Creole in spontaneous conversation, while Trinidadian English is often reserved for more formal speech. Various combinations of English, Trinidadian English, and Creole are not uncommon.
Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest was the most recent work academically reviewed in Supernatural Literature, a 3-volume encyclopaedia published by St. James Press, which covers literature of the supernatural across the canon, including such notable works as Homer's Iliad, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
About the Author:
Wayne Gerard Trotman is a Trinidadian British author, blogger, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Trotman immigrated to England in 1984, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
"The author takes a medley of science fiction tropes, from aliens and spaceships to telepathy and artificial intelligence and creates an epic, universe-building tale."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is so much I can tell you about this book. First off, I am not used to books being filled with extensive material on a country or culture, period. These days, authors skim over those important details to engage the reader instead of take the time in their story to teach them new facts about a foreign country you've probably never been too nor thought of visiting. This book taught me a lot about the country and culture in the two island Caribbean nation of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. There were times when I was overwhelmed by information that I had to take a break which is a good thing because I was reading for hours and hours. Anyways this is the story about fourteen year old Kaya (Hezekiah) Abaniah who lives with his single mother Josephine. He goes to college which is different considering he is only fourteen but I would assume it is just like high school. At face value, he is an ordinary boy until he starts hearing a voice in his head which guides in a way and at one point leads him to saving his crush, Raima Kahn, from drowning. Him and his friends are then visited by Papa Bois who is a fictional local legend around the area. Immediately following that, Kaya begins to experience sudden personal changes like telepathy and the ability to have control over animals around him. Honestly, this books keep you drawn in, making you want to learn more and more to the very end. I recommend it for young adults, teenagers, and also adults who are interested in reading something original and new instead of rehashed story lines. Young adult parents, if you are looking for a story that will inspire your child as well as teach them something, this is that novel.This one is fantastic and you will not be disappointed.
I loved this book; it is so engaging and mysterious. I was held by it from the start and hated to see it end. I was not sure what to expect, and at first the dialogue had me a little confused, but as I read on it became an absolute joy to read. I love books like this, with magic, myths and unexpected events that keep you turning pages. The characters are so well defined and each personality shows through. Kaya is awesome and I have to say he is my favorite one. His curiosity and passion to learn even from his imagination is outstanding. The details are perfect and so vivid; I could see, hear and even smell the land. I felt like I was there in the middle of it all. It is very well written and hard to put down. The glossary at the end was a nice touch and made the book easier to understand. My attention has been grabbed by this author, Wayne Gerald Trotman. I love his mind and imagination and I certainly will be looking for more of his work. I highly recommend this book to everyone; it is a powerful and amazing read. Let your mind go free and enjoy the journey.