"terrific alternate history"
In A.H 1294 (equivalent to A.D. 1877), Ethiopian nobleman
Kai is married and raising a family on his Bilalistan
(equivalent to Southern USA) plantation. He liberated his
loyal slave, white Irishman Aidan with the freedman
residing in a community of former slaves. However, though
an ocean away, the events in the African motherland impact
those settled in the colonies as Ethiopia and Egypt seem on
the brink of civil war.
Kai shouts for peace, but only places himself and his
extended family in danger from those who want him silent so
that war can occur. He enlists Aidan to learn what really
is happening in Africa. Aidan returns to slavery in order
to serve as a mole at the Egyptian court. The plan is to
provide information to Kai so he can act on what he
learns. However, both walk precariously as the world they
know seems destined to explode into a deadly civil war.
This sequel to the terrific alternate history tale, LION'S
BLOOD continues the stories of Kai and Aidan. Once again
Steven Barnes provides a deep rich tale that will leave the
audience in awe of his talent that makes the African
colonization of the New World seem so real. Kai and Aidan
are delightful characters willing to risk all they cherish
to do the right thing though what that is remains difficult
to fathom. ZULU HEART proves that Mr. Barnes is the
equivalent to an alternate dimension history professor as
he makes his realm seem so excitingly delightfully real.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 5, 2003