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Nihu is falsely accused of a crime and is banished to the Lonely Forest. He is challenged with a mission by a magical character. As brave Nihu quests to fulfill the mission and gain his freedom, he is sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful ruler in an underwater city, and makes friends with a group of refugees only a hero could love.
This novel is a classic legend of a young hero’s magical journey through a fantasy world where he is tested with incredible challenges that can only stem from the soul of the author’s genuine African culture and vivid imagination.
Being falsely accused of a crime, Nihu, a tribal African boy, is banished to the Lonely Forest. In order to regain his freedom, he must find a way to defeat the undefeatable and front challenges that draw analogies to our own realities.
Like The Lord of the Rings, this epic high fantasy novel carries the reader to another time and place. Nihu gets sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful ruler in an underwater city, and befriends a group of refugees.
Based on mythical and historic African traditions, Uwuigiaren’s magical twists to The Adventures of Nihu will not only allow an audience of all ages to escape their own realities, but draw them into a world of high hopes, powers, and unimaginable desires.
The birds were singing before dawn as usual. The boughs of the trees danced quietly and bowed carefully to the sweet movement of the morning breeze. The morning rose from the dust and settled in the sky, gazing down at the Lonely Forest. A bright day was a beautiful welcome after a night of grief and fright. The darkness was replaced with new hope the moment the new light chased it to its unholy interiors. One could rest easy in the comfort of such imaginings.
As the birds paraded through treetops, making a life out of nothingness, Nihu stretched on the wooden bed. He was alive again. Alive to face the Herculean task that now hung around his thin neck. He sat up; exposing a bare chest that had yet to grow hair, although one could count a few. They stood like a monument in a vast land. His dark face was still covered in grime and sweat from the day before.
Nihu buried his head in his hands. His thin legs were not too good to look at. He was not a fellow of fine physical attributes, scrawny with large innocent eyes stuck in the sockets of his skull. Yet his brain worked quickly and there had never been a streak of meanness in him. Nihu was ready to cope with whatever situation the world threw at him.
He sat on the edge of the cot with his old boots as his gaze fell upon the stone that he must cast into the pit of fire. It seemed as if a slow luminescence came over it. It was as beautiful as the eye of evening thunder. Nihu studied the stone for a long time. The boy was convinced that surviving in the Lonely Forest would take more than valor. Unlike his compatriots, in whose path he would walk if he disobeyed Magonda, he would surrender to the will of the creatures of the Lonely Forest. Going against the rules of the jungle would be walking on the wheels of fire. Nihu let his thoughts flow freely. If I had broken any laws, I would surely be on my way to the city that is six feet under. I did not kill my uncle. Moreover, I have never hurt any creature for no reason. Nor will I. I pray that the god of my ancestors remembers what is in my heart and will save me from the cruel hands of an unjust fate.
He lifted up the stone and placed it near the battle-axe that was before him. A long sigh left his body. There is nothing to fear, nowhere to fall, when one has done nothing wrong. Nihu folded his arms, closed his eyes, and raised his face, as if praying to the first messiah of the morning. Lost in meditation, he was without words for some time. Eventually, he rose from the cot and threw on Phil’s old animal skin coat that was hanging by the doorway of the hut. It suited him well—a good look for a boy that was about to embark on an unknown adventure.
Nihu took up the stone and battle-axe. First, he strapped the battle-axe at his side and put the stone in the pouch on a belt that held up his shorts. The stone would be safe there. He slung his rucksack on his back and left the hut. He went to the river to wash himself. When he was through, he set off in the direction that Magonda had pointed.
Exciting and Sometimes Scary
The Adventures of Nihu
Bouncing Ball Books Inc. (2008)
ISBN 9781934138151 Reviewed by Regan Zaborowski (age 8) for Reader Views (7/08)
This long book takes place in a jungle and is about a boy named Nihu that lived in a small village. One day Nihu is out hunting, and his uncle was killed by an arrow that a robber took after Nihu shot it. Everybody thought Nihu killed his uncle, so he was told not to come back to the village. He went to the jungle to live, and met Old Phil. They got to be friends, but Old Phil died. Nihu met many creatures when he was in the jungle. Some were friendly, but some were mean and scary. He finally tries to find his way out of the jungle and falls through a crack in the earth. A very mean creature takes him and puts him inside a stone, with some other prisoners. We don’t find out until the very end if he ever escapes. This was a long book, and it was hard for me to read by myself. There were a lot of big words, and some parts were hard for me to understand. It was exciting, and sometimes scary. The different creatures that Nihu met were very strange, and some wanted to kill him. But some of the creatures that were the scariest turned out to be nice, so I liked that. The ending was good, too. The words that the writer used made it feel like you were in the middle of the jungle with Nihu. I could picture in my mind what the jungle looked like - very scary, and a place I would not like to visit. I could understand how Nihu felt. I kind of liked this book, because my mom helped me with the parts I didn’t understand. It would be better for someone a few years older than me that could read it without help. Boys and girls that like exciting books would like “The Adventures of Nihu.”
Meet Nihu, The Afventurer
When Nihu is accused of murder by the king. He must run away quickly or die an innocent man. He is not his uncle's murderer! The Adventures of Nihu by Omoruyi Uwulqlaren is a book full of adventure and magic. Yes, the author took me into a beautiful and ugly world of fantasy. I held on tightly to the author's hand because of the many dangers and strange sights. All of these magical happenings take place in Africa in The Lonely Forest. During his travels Nihu meets with a frog looking girl named Suli, a six inch guy named Ndolo who owns a special light and Argon, the ruler of the mountain which just might end Nihu's normal life.
The great deceiver made me a foul toad. He accused me of staring at him while he was offering a sacrifice in the pit.
Also, the African setting is wonderful. There are Baobab trees, of course, monkeys, Iroko trees and believe it or not crocodiles fighting boas. I won't tell which animal wins this hard smacking contest in the wilds. There are talking trees and a talking cockerel. Let's just say the novel is full of the African forest.
"The tree gushing out blood reminded Nihu of the ancient Iroko tree, the home of witches and wizards."
"The monkeys were hopping through the trees. The fruits on the tree were ripe enough to serve their hungry purpose."
Along the way Nihu meets special people willing to help him. Unfortunately, they are not with him long. However, they willingly share their adventures with Nihu including the death of a special friend. Nihu is a good listener. He is open to all new and honorable truths hoping each one will lead him to freedom and back to the countryside. One friend is Phil.
"You have no choice, my boy, Since Macques' death, I have been living alone. You can too...A solitary life is not such a bad thing. I have new-found confidence after I have eaten and lived with the jungle devils..."
I read a great interview with the author, Omoruyi Uwulqlaren, by Joey Pinkney.After reading the interview, I had to download the novel to my Kindle. I had no choice. I liked the young author and became curious about The Adventures of Nihu.
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