And with her to marshal us, we then were able to bind the wild depth of time and space, as well as those [anachronisms] and [extradimensionalities] that had come ravening therefrom. We asked, How shall we call you, and she answered, Howsoever; for my name has no acoustics but is rather [scent-pheromone-fragrance] and you lack the faculty to [utter] it. --from [ancestral eidetic memory] of the magi of the Ashan Enclave (Wilson, 131) How can you describe a book that you want to call perfect? The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson is an epic fantasy spawning 212 brutal pages. It is poetic and challenging in all the right ways. Each sentence requires extreme attention and dissection and left me in awe of Wilson's ability to communicate the complexities of science and mythology in a voice that's wholly unique. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps follows Demane, an empathetic and highly attuned demigod who has been labeled a sorcerer by the brothers of the caravan he has joined, entranced by the group's mysterious Captain. A terrible necromantic force stalks the only safe road to their final destination. Demane must harness his godly power to protect those who fall defenseless against the great powers of the Wildeeps. I didn't want to stop reading this book. It's 212 pages of epic brutality and heartbreaking torment. It ruminates on the impossibilities of languages and the torment of what is forbidden. Demane ultimately must choose to become what he's always intended to be or make the great sacrifice for an identity of a difference choosing.
Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery.Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive.PRAISE FOR THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS"The unruly lovechild of Shakespeare, Baldwin, George RR Martin and Ghostface Killah -- this was a book I could not put down." - Daniel Jos Older, author ofHalf-Resurrection Blues"Lyrical and polyphonous, gorgeous and brutal, THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS is an unforgettable tale of love that empowers." - Ken Liu, multiple Hugo Award-winning author ofThe Grace of Kings"THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS reads like Gene Wolfe and Samuel R Delany trying to one-up each other on a story prompt by Fritz Leiber. That means it's good. Read it." - Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence"Seamlessly knots magic and science in a wholly organic way... THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS will catch you by the throat and hold you fast until the last searing word." - Alyssa Wong, Nebula-nominated author of "The Fisher Queen"