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Home Like his contemporaries Karl Edward Wagner Kane and Michael Moorcock Elric Charles Saunders brings something new to the traditional heroic fantasy tale A broad knowledge of and passion for the history and myths of Africa led to the creation of a heroic fantasy character the likes of which the world has never seen Imaro is no Tarzan no Conan Imaro is a warrior out of African legendSaunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre colonial alternate Africa Inspired by and directly addresses the. Not a Conan or an anti Conan in concept but it is interesting how Saunders takes the basic principle of an outcast a warrior who has left his homeland and made it work for him The violence that Conan wields and Robert E Howard seems to worship is here a sour and unsettling thing borne of anger and alienation and other psychic poison Imaro might be a noteworthy warrior and possibly a talented leader of men but those who follow him will eventually turn from loyalty and admiration to fearI want very much to see the rest of Imaro's story not just for the pure adventurous thrill of it the Lovecraft by way of Howard and the menaces drawn from a different tradition but to see how Imaro will eventually grapple with his demons and establish an identity

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Imaro is a rousing adventure a tale of a young man’s continuing struggle to gain acceptance amongst his people and to break the cycle of alienation and violence that plagues his life Imaro is heroic fantasy like it’s never been done before Based on Africa and African traditions and legends Charles Saunders has created Nyumbani which means “home” in Swahili an amalgam of the real the semi real and the unreal Imaro is the name of the larger than life warrior an outcast who travels across Nyumbani searching for a. In the hands of its most talented practitioners Sword Sorcery can be thrilling scintillating and deeply ironic which makes it all the regrettable to see just how thoughtless and cliche depictions of race and sex tend to be in the genre Part of what excited me about the prospect of reading this hard to find series was that it is very much about race a self aware deconstruction of one of the genre’s historic failingsIt is that as well as a dip into African History a fascinating and vast slice of the human story that is too often ignored and downplayed especially in the face of the endless pseudo Medieval setting that covers the fantasy genre like a fetid swamp However the parallels with modern Colonial slavery and the complexities of identity of American Blacks born to that tradition are a bit too on the nose I would have appreciated of a Humanistic look at the role slavery has played in human history as well as the way that racial identity is coded and manufactured socially it’s a vast and important set of ideas that needs than simply the xenophobia of Lovecraft versus the modern post Civil Rights view to encapsulate itIt was pleasant particularly after trying the Kane series to read stories which are so intensely focused upon the hero's internal life his decisions thoughts experiences and emotions Never was there that struggle to connect the character to the world and to the story as so often crops up in tales of ‘impossibly muscled’ heroes who cleave their way from danger to danger by the sweat of their brow but otherwise remain aloofUnfortunately Imaro’s successes were too often the result of a sort of generic ‘strength’ an overcoming by gritting one’s teeth and simply coming out the other side unscathed It’s always a shame to see a writer give in to such a simplistic resolution but it's very common and not only in the fantasy genre There are few things escapist wish fulfilling than the notion of achieving something simply by wanting it enough willing your way through and forcing your preferences on the world If only the world would bend to us recognize that we are right and let us have our way but such a fantasy makes for a poorer storyI wished that these internal struggles felt as personal and emotional to the character as his motivations Intense conflict is such a great place to reveal a character to show how he differs from everyone else on the page what uniue approach he takes in light of his experiences and personal styleOf course that reuires the imagination and skill of a seasoned author while this is only Saunders' preliminary outing There's certainly a lot of room for improvement but also a lot of strong elements that make the story engaging and readable I'll have to give Imaro another try down the road and see how he progresses

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Alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre It addresses this both structurally via its uniue setting and thematically via its alienated tribeless hero protagonist The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions and provide a uniue perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sud. Very inventive sword sorcery set in an Alternate Africa Virtually uniue at the time it came out in introducing a hero who was black into a heroic fantasy setting This is the first of three books in a series although the three don't make a trilogy in the standard sense Each book stands on its own

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  • Imaro AUTHOR Charles R. Saunders
  • Charles R. Saunders
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  • 18 July 2017
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About the Author: Charles R. Saunders

Saunders was born in 1946 in Elizabeth Pennsylvania and emigrated to Canada in 1970 He has published science fiction and screenplays two of which have become feature films Saunders has also written a radio play as well as other non fiction works He currently works as a journalist in Halifax Nova Scotia and is the author of two recent works of historical non fiction Share and Care The Stor



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  1. says:

    In the hands of its most talented practitioners Sword Sorcery can be thrilling scintillating and deeply ironic which makes it all the regrettable to see just how thoughtless and cliche depictions of race and sex tend to be in the genre Part of what excited me about the prospect of reading this hard to find series was that it is very much about race a self aware deconstruction of one of the genre’s historic failingsIt is that as well as a dip into African History a fascinating and vast slice of the human story that is too often ignored and downplayed especially in the face of the endless pseudo Medieval setting that covers the fantasy genre like a fetid swamp However the parallels with modern Colonial slavery and the complexities of identity of American Blacks born to that tradition are a bit too on the nose I would have appreciated of a Humanistic look at the role slavery has played in human history as well as the way that racial identity is coded and manufactured socially it’s a vast and important set of ideas that needs than simply the xenophobia of Lovecraft versus the modern post Civil Rights view to encapsulate itIt was pleasant particularly after trying the Kane series to read stories which are so intensely focused upon the hero's internal life his decisions thoughts experiences and emotions Never was there that struggle to connect the character to the world and to the story as so often crops up in tales of ‘impossibly muscled’ heroes who cleave their way from danger to danger by the sweat of their brow but otherwise remain aloofUnfortunately Imaro’s successes were too often the result of a sort of generic ‘strength’ an overcoming by gritting one’s teeth and simply coming out the other side unscathed It’s always a shame to see a writer give in to such a simplistic resolution but it's very common and not only in the fantasy genre There are few things escapist wish fulfilling than the notion of achieving something simply by wanting it enough willing your way through and forcing your preferences on the world If only the world would bend to us recognize that we are right and let us have our way but such a fantasy makes for a poorer storyI wished that these internal struggles felt as personal and emotional to the character as his motivations Intense conflict is such a great place to reveal a character to show how he differs from everyone else on the page what uniue approach he takes in light of his experiences and personal styleOf course that reuires the imagination and skill of a seasoned author while this is only Saunders' preliminary outing There's certainly a lot of room for improvement but also a lot of strong elements that make the story engaging and readable I'll have to give Imaro another try down the road and see how he progresses

  2. says:

    uality Adventure with Legendary ContextStyle Legendary MotivationsThis uniue blend of Lovecraft African mythology features a Conan like hero It’s pulpy style storytelling may merit 4 stars its uniueness place in literature boost it to 5 Imaro is adventure in the vein of vintage pulp periodicals Expect heavy doses of sorcery horror at a brisk pace Unlike traditional pulp stories these chapters are slightly less episodic and chronological In other words Imaro is of a continuing character versus Howard’s original Conan publications Adventure tropes that could be called “cheesy” are compensated well with engrossing visceral battle scenes and bestial sorcery In fact I was reminded of James Silke Frazetta’s Death Dealer series and thought Charles R Saunders was much effective at a milieu including junglesavannah beasts Saunders’ Imaro felt Frazetta like than Gath in Prisoner of the Horned Helmet or Tooth and ClawAn excerpt from Saunders’s Into to Milton Davis’s Griots A Sword and Soul Anthology best reveals the author’s passionRobert E Howard and his contemporaries were products of their time Racism in the form of white supremacy was an integral part of the popular culture of the early decades of the twentieth century and as such it pervaded pulp fiction As a product of a later time during which the tenets of racism came under vigorous challenge my enjoyment of fiction from past decades was often compromised by the racial attitudes I encountered in my reading On some occasions I simply let it slide On others I wrestled with resentment Then I discovered a way to resolve my dilemma Interest in African history and culture surged during the 1960s and at the same time I was reading sword and sorcery and fantasy fiction I was also absorbing heretofore unknown information about a continent that was not “dark” as its detractors made it out to be I realized that this non stereotypical Africa of history and legend was just as valid a setting for fantasy stories as was the ancient and medieval Europe that served as the common default setting for everything from Conan to Lord of the Rings A character came into my head then Imaro a black man who could stand alongside mythical warrior heroes like Beowulf and Hercules as well as fictional creations such as Conan and Kull Saunders executed his dream very well uniuely adding to adventure literature steering how African mythology is conveyed with entertaining fiction He coined the term “Sword Soul” and effectively started a new subgenre Wow I would argue that he was so effective at writing that he depicted an almost darker Nyumbani continent ie Africa albeit one based on history substance rather than racism Saunders’ sensitivity toward enslavement and genocide motivated him to replace his longest chapter Book 3 Slaves of the Giant Kings when Nightshade printed the second edition He replaced it with “The Afua” and included an additional chapter Betrayal in Blood I tracked down this copy too and really liked how Saunder's revisted his past work and made it stronger The Afua chapter in particular seemed consistent with Imaro's development as an outcast and his conflict with evil forcesand the writing seemed less forced especially with Tanisha's introduction The candid remarks from Saunders and Syzumskyj a loyal fan who urged him to revist Imaro added value In short despite the first edition being a good read I would recommend future readers to grab the Nightshade Version if given the option since it is even better1981 Imaro Edition Contents • Book 1 Turkhana Knives• Book 2 The Place of Stones • Book 3 Slaves Of The Giant Kings replaced with “The Afua” in the 2006 edition• Book 4 Horror in the Black Hills Cover for 1986 based from this chapter• Book 5 The City of Madness this is not in the 2006 edition of “Imaro 1” from Nightshadebut does appear in the first chapter in Nightshades’ “Imaro 2” renamed Mji Ya Wzimu its original title in from a 1974 publication in Dark Fantasyactually the Nightshade edition offers a different chapter in its place called Betrayal in BloodImaroThrough these five chapters Imaro evolves from being a fatherless abandoned child desiring to belong to a community into a vengeful tribe less Hercules like figure set on destroying evil forces An excerpt captures his presence best The Illyassai was a fearsome sight His dark skin glistened sweat slick through garments that hung in skimpy tatters from his massive frame Crimson crusted wounds scored his body like glyphs inscribed by devils Dried blood matted his wooly hair His face was hardened into an implacable mask of hatred Unreuited vengeance flickered like a torch In his eyes yet beneath the lamina of that emotion lay a core of grief so bitter it threatened to consume him entirelyImaro vs Lovecraftian “Mashataan” SorceryEach story compounds the conflict of Imaro versus the being Mashatann whose minions or followers assume mythological status Elephantine legs rose like wrinkled trees from the ground Long bony arms hung like sticks from a pair of knobby shoulders The hands were incongruously delicate and graceful Other than his head those hands were the only remotely human features spoiler’s name had leftUpon the dais hunched a bizarre image sculpted from pitted gray green stone From the waist up the creature the sculpture depicted resembled Ngai the gorilla although its skin was hairless and its wide mouth bore fangs even longer than those of the red panther Imaro had slain It was the lower extremities of the unknown beast’s body that marked it as something alien to the world of natural beings Its legs were the hinduarters of Mboa the buffalo thick muscular haunches tapering to sharp lethal hooves Cover The 1981 cover by Ken Kelly captured the tone but seems to have some glaring disconnects the cover depicts Book Four Horror in the Hills but has a hero that appears non African and the creature approximates the primary antagonistbut is of the incorrect gender The NightShade’s edition of Imaro 1 has a beautiful illustration by Vince Evans but given the color palette the lack of magic creatures appears to showcase a Historical Fiction novel rather than Fantasy Fiction Perhaps some of those design features were intentional marketing concepts Finding A CopyThe series Imaro continues with 3 books Imaro 2 The uest for Cush The Trail of Bohu Imaro The Naama War available from Lulucom Mshindo Kuumba has emerged as Saunder’s go to artist for these Click here to go to Saunders’ website to locate books Where to purchase new Saunders books Although the first two Imaro books from DAW were reprinted in 2006 by Nightshade they are difficult to find now 2013 Used bookstores are your best bet Ebooks are being developed according to a very credible source that being virtual brother to Saunders Milton Davis who edited Griots A Sword and Soul Anthology the foundational Sword Soul anthology He recently commented on the Sword Sorcery Group on Goodreads LINK Milton Davis Charles's current publisher is working on e book versions of the Imaro books There's a new Imaro story in Griots and a new Dossouye story in the upcoming Griots Sisters of the Spear anthology And to top it all off I plan to publish the first book or two in a new series by him entitled 'Abengoni Sword Soul is highly recommended to fantasy fiction readers

  3. says:

    Imaro’s mother surrendered her five year old son so that he could become a great warrior of the Ilyassai tribe His mother’s people treated him with disdain and ridicule Through it all Imaro grew to be the biggest and strongest of the Ilyassai children When he reached manhood and the time had come for him to truly become an Ilyassai warrior and be accepted by his mother’s people an evil magician strip him of that reward spiraling Imaro’s life into a world of slavery murderous thieves and black magicCharles R Saunders takes the reader through an Africa untainted by Europeans influences whose history is uite different than the one we have always known Imaro is to become a great warrior in a world he doesn’t feel he is apart of Through his adventures Imaro becomes a threat to enemies who work within the shadows and manipulates the weak willed and innocent to do their bidding Imaro soon realizes if he is to survive he must take the battle directly to the evil that plagues himImaro is a must read novel and is the first book in a series I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the seuels and continuing with the further adventures of Imaro

  4. says:

    Never before has a man of the Ilyassai slain Ngatun as you did Masadu said And never before has an Ilyassai done what you have this night Warrior my weapons are yoursImaro remained impassiveTake them Imaro Mubaku urgedImaro still neither moved nor spoke Mubaku's next words came haltingly as if at great costThe wrongs we Ilyassai have done to you are greater than any you have done to us the ol arem said If killing Muburi and Kanoko and stampeding the ngombe were part of what you had to do to destroy the evil that was Chitendu an evil we did not even know was still among us we can live with thatYou are a man and a warrior Imaro You have done deeds greater than any Ilyassai of any clan since the time of the First Ancestors of Ajunge himself Return to the manyattas with us We will do you honor and we will honor the memory of Katisa who brought you among us No longer will you be called 'son of no father' I will make you my own son for your mother's blood is mine as is yoursImaro looked at him then Mubaku father of Katisa Mubaku his grandfather He recalled a day long past when he had unwittingly called Mubaku mkale ya mzazi father of my mother On that day Mubaku had beaten him senselessHe bent and took up Masadu's arem and simi As he held the warrior trainer's weapons in his hands new strength flowed into his weary limbs It was the strength of vindication His lifelong goal acceptance as a warrior among his mother's people was his at last For one painfully short moment his heart sang in triumph Then the memories returned crowding his mind like ants teeming from an overturned hill Bitter memories hateful memories each one a brick in a soaring wall of acrimony that would forever stand between him and the people who had now belatedly acknowledged him The Ilyassai were a proud people a harsh people a fierce people a just people but they were not his people And he could not forgetHis hands opened Masadu's weapons fell with a clatter and a clang to the rock strewn ground His heart hardened And the hurt child spokeYou did not accept me before he said tonelessly I will not accept you now4 14 stars

  5. says:

    I just read Imaro and it was rewarding reading experience I've had in uite some timeI loved the Conan novels as a teen and imagined at some point writing a story with a black protagonist Imaro is something like what I had in mind but I've got to admit much better It's obvious Saunders immersed himself in African culture to create this world The culture of the Masai like Illassai is depicted so realistically and the story seems so grounded in reality that by the time the paranormal raises its head I totally bought it Conan almost as much as Tarzan is a two dimensional character He's described as brooding but Robert E Howard never really explains why other than that barbarians are no nonsense But Imaro is a fully realized character; the sources of his personal pain are clear to the reader and we see how the tragedies of his youth make him the man he becomesImaro isn't simply black power wish fulfillment To me the story is elevated by the way the hero's triumphs are always either bitter sweet laced with tragedy often followed by disaster or misinterpreted like the forest people whose demon god he destroyed and who for generations afterward curse his name He's almost always outnumbered and outgunned I was also struck by the pace of the story which seems decades ahead of its time post than pre Indiana Jones Just as one crisis is resolved a greater one is bubbling up for example when Imaro defeats the lion in his initiation only to face the confrontation with his tribe for cowardiceFrankly I would have been satisfied with a black Conan a hero we haven't seen before but Imaro is deeper and better than that

  6. says:

    Not a Conan or an anti Conan in concept but it is interesting how Saunders takes the basic principle of an outcast a warrior who has left his homeland and made it work for him The violence that Conan wields and Robert E Howard seems to worship is here a sour and unsettling thing borne of anger and alienation and other psychic poison Imaro might be a noteworthy warrior and possibly a talented leader of men but those who follow him will eventually turn from loyalty and admiration to fearI want very much to see the rest of Imaro's story not just for the pure adventurous thrill of it the Lovecraft by way of Howard and the menaces drawn from a different tradition but to see how Imaro will eventually grapple with his demons and establish an identity

  7. says:

    Very inventive sword sorcery set in an Alternate Africa Virtually uniue at the time it came out in introducing a hero who was black into a heroic fantasy setting This is the first of three books in a series although the three don't make a trilogy in the standard sense Each book stands on its own

  8. says:

    Very enjoyable sword and sorcery novel Howardian in its excitement and a bit above and beyond in terms of characterization Though Imaro is the kind of superman that slashes his way through this genre he's also capable of three dimensional thought and feeling which is how I like to think Howard might have progressed had he livedSaunders does not limit Imaro or himself to a historical or prehistoric world but instead fashions a fantastic Africa that never was crawling with demons and magic infested sorcerers animate tribal totems ravenous river demons proud hunters and lusty banditsI didn't read the original 70's incarnation As other reviewers state the origin story of Imaro's love Tanisha has actually been revised as I guess the initial story referenced the real life conflict of the Tutsi and Hutu genocide a little too closely for the author's tasteIt's extremely refreshing to read a non raciststereotypical portrayal of an African hero in a sword and sorcery setting particularly one where he's center stage driving the plot There's not a white face in Imaro and I'm fine if there never is in the character's continuing adventures though I confess I would be curious to see how Saunders would handle white characters in his Afro centric universeIn the meantime I'll be picking up Saunders' 30's pulp hero outing Damballah next

  9. says:

    I picked this up with the intention of reading a single story as a break from a long demanding read and ended up reading this exclusively to its end I am now struck by a mixture of feelings both happy and sad the former because these stories were great fun and a wonderful discovery to behold; the latter because Saunders is a lost and yet living light in adventure fiction to the extent that this book and its immediate seuel are no longer in printI came across this title in a post about fiction that's off the beaten path and the premise caught me a heroic character inspired by Conan who lives in a mythological Africa inhabited by monsters magic and legends that reach into the present I've read my fair share of Eurocentric fantasy fiction and I'm always game for fiction that deviates from this furrow and takes the genre elsewhere and else when Saunders takes such a turn; he also writes lucid vibrant prose that is a few pegs above the norm giving texture to the setting and weight to the characters Of the latter Imaro is a fantastic hero whose most sensational acts stem from his credo rather than his obvious brawn His values are introduced in this collection's first and strongest story which establishes Imaro's tragic origins The subseuent stories cast Imaro out into a world that grows with every tale ushering in peoples and monsters that challenge Imaro and push him to larger acts of violence and heroism I read this kind of fiction for adventures and awesome characters and Saunders weaves all of these together wit exceptional skill in these stories Anyone who enjoys Howard Brackett Wellman Lieber etc will likely find great pleasure in discovering Imaro and his stories as I have And now I am on the hunt for the seuel

  10. says:

    Inspired by Robert E Howard's sword and sorcery stories but disappointed by the lack of fantasy stories set in Africa with black heroes and with an appreciation of the rich diversity of the continent's cultures Saunders decided to write his own And I have to say what a fantastic job he didWe follow Imaro from his mysterious and humble beginnings through his coming of age and his travels across a semi mythical Africa as he meets friends lovers and enemies as eventually he discovers that he is but a piece in a deadly game between rival spiritual powersI was gripped throughout and it was a pleasure to read If you like the style of authors like Howard but can't stomach the racist undertones or simply just want to read brilliant action packed heroic adventures you really don't want to pass this by Thank goodness the author was persuaded to bring the stories back into print in an albeit revised form I just can't wait to read the seuel

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