Title: The Streets of Nottingham
Published: 23rd February 2018
Author: Auckly Simwinga
A tragedy will echo through history and force the world into chaos once again…
In The Streets of Nottingham, the world has been broken by a cataclysmic clash between the mother of creation and a god-king. Only one small village has escaped this breaking: one which prays to the mother whose distant mercy masks a deadly and merciless force about to erupt.
In that village, there lives a young man who struggles with the long, unrequited love of a childhood girl and a refuge whose boundaries are marked by chaos.
After their village is attacked by wraiths, the young man embarks upon a quest to find a city called Nottingham, a place that ancient scrolls describe in detail, but a place that is reportedly impossible for anyone to ever reach. He wants to travel there to find a healer that the scrolls mention, to try to save the love of his life, a beautiful young woman named Marika, and bring her back from the dead.
It starts with a sort of poem about a healer in the streets of Nottingham that some may need but not know how to find. Hidden meanings within the lines, like riddles to crack to see what it is really telling you. It all comes from a scroll in the ‘great book’ that hopefully has the answers Adam seeks. He must try and figure it out to get there and find the one to help – though this quest is for him alone (well apart from his ever-loyal horse Shadow).
The time line does jump around from here a bit but isn’t too hard to follow. It’s like we are following the journey Adam takes in the present as he remembers events of the past. It’s a perilous journey to find a way to bring back the one he loves after her life is drained by the one they pray to – the Mother aka Rain. Her heart has been darkened by the loss of the one she loves and in the process the world looks like it is set to break again in her destructive path.
Paranormal gods and goddesses are around to cause trouble and chaos but some there to help. It’s a battle of gods waging war with each other and unfortunately humans are stuck in the crossfire with no escape as it looks like the world is being pulled apart and back together again for the second time.
Interesting darker fantasy and mythical elements throughout, whether with what happens at the village or on Adams journey to find a way to bring back his love. He may have felt he never really fit in but is he about to find out why on his quest?
Intriguing read and if you are looking for a quick fantasy adventure quest this is the book for you. Just don’t go in thinking it’s actually about Nottingham. With it being a mythical place it might have been better to give it a more mythical name.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.