Foreword Reviews has provided an insightful review of Eugen Bacon’s upcoming Afrofuturist/Dystopian novel, MAGE OF FOOLS. Be sure to check out the full review in their next issue.
“Lush prose twists and entrances, bringing Jasmin’s harsh, regimented world to life. . . . Knowing in advance how Jasmin’s efforts end in no way affects the story’s power to surprise, horrify, and enlighten. Stories, after all, are more than their conclusions: it is the messages taken from them, and the actions that they inspire, that truly matter. Mage of Fools is a dystopian novel in which truth is the people’s most potent weapon—if they choose to wield it.”FOREWORD REVIEWS
|In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution.
Mafinga's malevolent king dislikes books and, together with his sorcerer Atari, has collapsed the environment to almost uninhabitable. The sun has killed all the able men, including Jasmin’s husband Godi. But Jasmin has Godi’s secret story machine that tells of a better world, far different from the wastelands of Mafinga. Jasmin’s crime for possessing the machine and its forbidden literature filled with subversive text is punishable by death. Fate grants a cruel reprieve in the service of a childless queen who claims Jasmin’s children as her own. Jasmin is powerless—until she discovers secrets behind the king and his sorcerer.