My new novel has just been published, and it’s something completely different: a love story set in the golden age of Africa!
It’s the story of Halima, a teenage princess who falls in love with a warrior king. Enormous obstacles lie in the way of their happiness. In the course of their adventures, Princess Halima learns about loss, duty, and the high price of romantic love — and must make a choice that determines the future of kingdoms.
I was inspired to write it by my first real girlfriend. Though brainy as hell, she preferred romance novels to highbrow literature and so I began writing the book for her. I spent years researching ancient Africa, delving into arcane books on subjects ranging from religion to marriage rituals. Structually, The Blood of Titans is a traditional romance novel, and it includes nods to such classics as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. What makes it unique — and presented challenges when writing it — is that the story takes place in a very different culture from a typical bodice-ripper. The Blood of Titans unfolds in a society where romantic love is a foreign concept, where polygamy is the order of the day, and women marry when they are just barely out of childhood.
The reviews so far have been glowing:
“The Blood of Titans is an epic romantic adventure that hearkens back to the origin of African civilization, told with detailed eloquence… an engrossing and well-crafted tale. Forsyth does an excellent job creating Halima’s world with details so sharp the reader is easily transported into it.” — Milton J. Davis, Editor of Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology
“The lyrical language of The Blood of Titans quickly drew me into this richly textured novel. I could smell the air, hear the music, and see the towns and sea and grasslands and mountains. Every scene comes to life.” — Shauna Roberts, Ph.D, author of Like Mayflies in a Stream
“C. Michael Forsyth has charted new territory in the land of Sword and Soul. The Blood of Titans will carry you along on an amazing journey. I give it five spears out of five.” — Charles R. Saunders, Aurora Award-winning author of Imaro
The paperback is available directly from the publisher’s website
Kindle Edition (as well as the paperback) is available from Amazon.com
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