March 25th, 2020

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What The WInd Brings

What the Wind BringsWhat the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read several books by Matthew Hughes, all of which are science fiction. This book is most definitely not SF, rather historical fiction with some minor fantasy elements. It's based on an incident that happened in the mid-1500s, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Ecuador. A group of African slaves were shipwrecked on the Ecuadorian coast and, in a reversal of the usual turn of events, create an independent state.

The story itself focuses on three people - Alonso, a "free" African, a local shaman and a Spanish monk who was descended from Spanish Jews. Hughes invented an interesting back story for all three characters, although all named characters are real. I found it a fascinating look at an obscure part of history.

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