Dark Blood Awakens is the first book in the mwindaji paranormal urban fantasy series. Get it at the $2.99 sale price and add it to your Goodreads reading list.
To wrap this up, Dark Blood Awakens was a fun, well-written, and enthralling novel that I look forward to seeing on the big screen sometime soon. This is the perfect book for fans of fast-paced fictional-fantasy looking for a quick read to pass the time. As a fan of fantasy books, I really enjoyed this take on the world of vampires, werewolves and witches! I enjoyed how it focused on ‘Black girl magic with myths from the African diaspora’, giving a different perspective to the tale. I liked the use of Creole language throughout the book, and found it really added to the atmosphere of the book - taking time to translate these adds another layer to your understanding of the tale. All in all, a great first book in the series!Love Reading Review
Protagonist Makeda Crawford, 23, and her family live in Black Ridge, North Carolina. Her two brothers help Dad in the family furniture trade, Makeda is a nurse, and Mom is a teacher. However, they are also mwindaji — monster hunters — part of a millennium-old dynasty, with Dad dedicated to finding and killing Korlemo, a thousand-year-old vampire who leads his own cabal of monsters. Originally a West African ruler, Korlemo lay dying when he commanded his zauber, a female sorceress, to summon a demon and trade his soul for immortality. Over the centuries, Korlemo's growing wealth and power have enabled him to remain undiscovered. Undaunted, the Crawfords crisscross the country, following leads. Upon learning that a rural Kentucky hospital receives funding from Korlemo’s associates, the family relocates there. Hired as a nurse, Makeda — grudgingly included in earlier missions mostly to tend wounds — is the only one able to access the hospital, shifting the power dynamic. Complicating matters is Makeda's growing romance with the local sheriff investigating several mysterious deaths. Plus, Makeda harbors a deep secret: Like her mother, she’s a zauber, viewed as evil by the mwindaji. Corbier derives clear pleasure in layering details and delivering clinically-correct gruesomeness ("his femur crunch[ed] between her teeth”). The dark humor of depicting a rural hospital that’s financially viable because its patients feed the local vampire/werewolf population is a witty, subversive stab at managed health care. Nonetheless, Corbier delivers a lively read for paranormal fans, threading humor and female empowerment throughout her tale. Blue Ink Review
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As a child, Makeda’s mom forced her to abandon sorcery. Instead, she pursued a career in nursing while killing monsters with her family of mwindaji. For over a millennium, the mwindaji have hunted Korlemo, a 1000-year-old vampire.
While working in Haiti, Makeda’s desire to recapture her sorcery skills increases. When a lead takes her to a Kentucky rural hospital searching for Korlemo, she uses Baoumali, the language of sorceresses, to reclaim her heritage. During her investigation, Makeda develops a steamy romance with the local sheriff and uncovers a macabre secret the hospital administration will kill to keep silent.
With time running out, Makeda must recapture her sorcery and choose where her alliances lie. If the mwindaji cannot destroy the monsters haunting the hospital, people will die—starting with her boyfriend.
Dark Blood Awakens is the first book in the series weaving African mythology into urban fantasy.