A Tom Cat in the Lion's Den | An African Fantasy Adventure

By J. P. Kippling

Draft 2 Posted Date: 11/6/2015

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Genre:

Historical Fantasy

Word Count:

48,328

About the Book:

The year is 1872 and Alexandra Cochette, a headstrong twenty-three-year-old, is working as an Acquirer, a job that requires her to find ordinary-looking objects with supernatural powers. She delivers the objects to three women who call themselves the Aunties and, though Alex doesn't fully understand the power of these objects, she knows that continuing to work with the Aunties is the only way to learn how to harness the power herself. The Aunties send Alex to northern Africa to acquire a mirror for them, but the job becomes more complicated when Alex discovers she is not the only one searching for the object. A proud and formidable prince from the Toucouleur Empire, Boaz Bakkarai, has claimed the mirror for himself. Following Prince Boaz and the mirror into the Sahel, Alex needs to survive in one of the most desolate environments on Earth. She struggles to learn about many complex cultures that are feuding within, as well as bracing themselves against the European scramble for Africa. Alex must forge her own alliances if she wants to leave Africa with the mirror, but her ignorance about the African landscape, both natural and man-made, leads her to make many mistakes. As she travels deeper into the Sahel, she begins to trust the arrogant and unrefined Prince Boaz, a relationship that changes her feelings about Africa, herself, and everything that she thinks she knows.

About the Author:

I spent nearly four years living in west Africa so I hope the details in this story ring true. The locations in the book are real and the history is more or less accurate to the best of my research and knowledge (excluding, of course, the magic). Happy reading!

Author's Note:

This book is very much a work in progress (hence the low word count) but I thought that it would be a good idea to get some feedback before I get so far into the book that it is more difficult to make changes. Because I am in such an early phase of writing this book, I'm interested in any feedback that BC users are willing to give.

Requested feedback Criteria: Overall Feedback, Point of View, Voice, Character Development, Plot, Dialogue, Pacing, Setting, Continuity

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