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Title:
The Shadow King (MP3)
Written by:
Maaza Mengiste 
Read by:
Robin Miles 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
16 hours 12 minutes 
MP3 size:
670 MB 
Published:
June 01 2020 
Available Date:
June 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655670230 
Genres:
Fiction; Fantasy Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
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With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster's household.

Ethiopia, 1935. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy’s most vicious officers? The Shadow King is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.

'The Shadow King is incredible. I’ve read nothing like it before. There is war, love, betrayal, history and the present day wrapped in the hearts and minds of complex characters. Maaza Mengiste rises as Toni Morrison rests. The baton has been passed and taken deftly.'
Lemn Sissay

'Lyrical, remarkable … Breathtakingly skillful … Hirut [is] as indelible and compelling a hero as any I’ve read in years.'
New York Times