In Umaga, power is everything. Rival warlords fight for control of the land, and innocent people are caught in the middle. Violence is a way of life. But hope still exists. The vulnerable and victimized have a champion. They call her the Pale Wolf.
Asha, a young girl with albinism, is abducted from her village and sold into slavery. She eventually escapes and finds sanctuary in Young Town, where a freak accident endows her with ergokinesis - the ability to control and project energy. She uses her newfound gift to forge alliances, combat tyrannical despots, and save a country on the brink of destruction.
The Pale Wolf is a superhero tale like no other. Action, drama, and fantasy combine to create an experience that readers will never forget!
Asha must forge a new path for herself on the run from Exert security as she curries favour with rebel army and militias in a fractious land. Warren has crafted a compelling bildungsroman with a passionate, headstrong heroine. Warren captures the struggles and hardships of growing up an outsider, charting Asha’s development as she transforms from a terrified young girl into a cunning, adept warrior. Searing action sequences are tempered by moments of poignancy.
Warren frames the story as Asha penning her autobiography, a choice that enhances her relatability even as her powers give her access to “a fathomless sea of energy.” Asha’s accounts of what it feels like to wield that energy crackle with excitement. However, this approach also sets up an unnecessarily long prologue and several heavily expository passages–the Young Town sequence in particular delays an otherwise compelling story. Still, fans of action-packed stories of growing into power will find much to love in this bold page-turner.
Takeaway: A coming-of-age epic of revolution and super powers, full of feeling and set in a fictionalized Africa.
Great for fans of: V.E. Schawb’s Vicious, Naomi Alderman’s The Power.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: B