She Would Be King

She Would Be King

A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history?a dazzling retelling of Liberia?s formation. Wayétu Moore?s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia?s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history?a dazzling retelling of Liberia?s formation. ...

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Title:She Would Be King
Author:Wayetu Moore
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Number of Pages:312 pages pages

She Would Be King Reviews

  • Sarah Benson
    Oct 04, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

  • Susan Henderson
    Mar 14, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

  • Beverly
    Sep 29, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

  • Jayme
    Sep 27, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

  • Robyn
    Sep 06, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

    ~King's English Indie Next List Sept 2018 ...

  • Linda Robinson
    Oct 04, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

  • Carolyn
    Oct 03, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

  • Bethany
    Aug 23, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Sep 25, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

  • Anne
    Sep 28, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

    ~King's English Indie Next List Sept 2018 ...

    This is an absolutely beautiful novel and one of the best I picked up at BookExpo. SHE WOULD BE KING is a magical realism telling of Liberia's creation story. But to describe it that way doesn't do it justice: The novel portrays the injustice inflicted on African women across time and ...

    It's hard to describe a novel as wholly original as She Would Be King: a re-telling of the birth of Liberia through interconnected stories, the novel is history, magic, and myth all in one engrossing story. Moore's novel takes you from West Africa to the plantations of Virginia, Jamaic...

    I wanted so badly to LOVE this book. This is a debut novel with a mystical bent about the founding of Liberia, something I, admittedly and unfortunately, know little about. The three main characters whose journeys we follow throughout the book are compelling. Gbessa, an indigenous woma...

    I have so much emotion tied with reading this book I don?t know that I can do it justice with a brief review. The reader is led through this story by three characters who have been endowed with special powers?Gbessa, June Dey, and Norman. This is a culture where the wind speaks, a ...

  • Dawn
    Sep 24, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

  • Melissa
    Sep 21, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

  • KC
    Oct 03, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

  • BookOfCinz
    Oct 13, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

  • Neelam Babul
    Oct 09, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Sep 23, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

  • Chris Roberts
    Aug 01, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

  • Dominique
    Jul 26, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

  • Darkowaa
    Sep 10, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

  • Megan Bell
    Jun 21, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

  • Morgan McComb
    Jul 10, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

    ~King's English Indie Next List Sept 2018 ...

    This is an absolutely beautiful novel and one of the best I picked up at BookExpo. SHE WOULD BE KING is a magical realism telling of Liberia's creation story. But to describe it that way doesn't do it justice: The novel portrays the injustice inflicted on African women across time and ...

    It's hard to describe a novel as wholly original as She Would Be King: a re-telling of the birth of Liberia through interconnected stories, the novel is history, magic, and myth all in one engrossing story. Moore's novel takes you from West Africa to the plantations of Virginia, Jamaic...

  • Kristin
    Sep 15, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

  • Alicia Maria
    Oct 08, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

    ~King's English Indie Next List Sept 2018 ...

    This is an absolutely beautiful novel and one of the best I picked up at BookExpo. SHE WOULD BE KING is a magical realism telling of Liberia's creation story. But to describe it that way doesn't do it justice: The novel portrays the injustice inflicted on African women across time and ...

    It's hard to describe a novel as wholly original as She Would Be King: a re-telling of the birth of Liberia through interconnected stories, the novel is history, magic, and myth all in one engrossing story. Moore's novel takes you from West Africa to the plantations of Virginia, Jamaic...

    I wanted so badly to LOVE this book. This is a debut novel with a mystical bent about the founding of Liberia, something I, admittedly and unfortunately, know little about. The three main characters whose journeys we follow throughout the book are compelling. Gbessa, an indigenous woma...

  • Hanna
    Aug 13, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

  • Will
    Sep 28, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

  • Jite
    Sep 25, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

  • Paperback Paris
    Sep 02, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

  • Kim N
    Sep 19, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Oct 15, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

  • Terena Bell
    Aug 12, 2018

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...

    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...

    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wow. ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...

    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...

    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...

    She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia?s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down. ...

    This was a bit of a strange story, and strangely told. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end, it won me over. ...

    ~King's English Indie Next List Sept 2018 ...

    This is an absolutely beautiful novel and one of the best I picked up at BookExpo. SHE WOULD BE KING is a magical realism telling of Liberia's creation story. But to describe it that way doesn't do it justice: The novel portrays the injustice inflicted on African women across time and ...