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Award-winning author Andrea Hairston weaves together African folktales and postcolonial literature into unforgettable fantasy in Master of Poisons

The world is changing. Poison desert eats good farmland. Once-sweet water turns foul. The wind blows sand and sadness across the Empire. To get caught in a storm is death. To live and do nothing is death. There is magic in the world, but good conjure is hard to find. 

Djola, righthand man and spymaster of the lord of the Arkhysian Empire, is desperately trying to save his adopted homeland, even in exile.

Awa, a young woman training to be a powerful griot, tests the limits of her knowledge and comes into her own in a world of sorcery, floating cities, kindly beasts, and uncertain men.

Awash in the rhythms of folklore and storytelling and rich with Hairston's characteristic lush prose, Master of Poisons is epic fantasy that will bleed your mind with its turns of phrase and leave you aching for the world it burns into being. 

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com 

©2020 Andrea Hairston (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A Masterclass in World Building

Andrea Hairston tells a story for the sake of storytelling and Larry Herron and Cherise Boothe perform it beautifully. This story engages your mind to imagine worlds that are so fantastical, it pulls you away from wherever you are. The story takes its time, but that's not to say it drags. It's a good listen for those that just want a new experience.