The Shadow King

The Shadow King

A gripping novel set during Mussolini?s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. 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. K A gripping novel set during Mussolini?s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the fir...

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Title:The Shadow King
Author:Maaza Mengiste
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:039308356X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Shadow King Reviews

  • Laura
    Jul 22, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

  • Hulananni
    Jun 20, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

  • Daryl
    Sep 03, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

  • Jane Williams-grube
    Oct 15, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

    Maaza Mengiste recreates the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, where women warriors are crucial to the battles that tear apart their homelands. I?m forever impressed with Maaza?s work and her dedication to language, landscape and structure. Cheers to an incredible sophomore nov...

    Ive been reading SUCH depressing books and this one isn?t any different. The writing in this one is unfortunately not consistently strong so closer to a 3.5 but when it?s good it?s great. Also learned a lot of new things. Ethiopia book around the world ...

    With language that is lyrical, sensual, tactile and mystical, her writing is a portal to encountering the most horrific of human behaviors in war, class and power. This is a remarkable book grounded in a history of which I knew little. ...

  • Annie
    Sep 02, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    Aug 30, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

  • Jade
    Sep 19, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

  • Beth
    Jun 26, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

  • Cheryl
    Sep 29, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

  • KOMET
    Nov 01, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

  • Shari Wampler
    Nov 05, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

  • Kim McGee
    Jul 22, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

  • Melanie
    Jul 05, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

  • Ray Foy
    Aug 21, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

  • Audrey
    Oct 17, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

    Maaza Mengiste recreates the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, where women warriors are crucial to the battles that tear apart their homelands. I?m forever impressed with Maaza?s work and her dedication to language, landscape and structure. Cheers to an incredible sophomore nov...

    Ive been reading SUCH depressing books and this one isn?t any different. The writing in this one is unfortunately not consistently strong so closer to a 3.5 but when it?s good it?s great. Also learned a lot of new things. Ethiopia book around the world ...

    With language that is lyrical, sensual, tactile and mystical, her writing is a portal to encountering the most horrific of human behaviors in war, class and power. This is a remarkable book grounded in a history of which I knew little. ...

    Intense and illuminating read. It?s historical fiction about a place and war that I knew very little about. And a fascinating plot featuring the Ethiopian women who fought in this war. Their stories were finally told and beautifully so. ...

  • just.one.more.paige
    Oct 28, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Sep 05, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

  • Lulu
    Oct 26, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

    Maaza Mengiste recreates the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, where women warriors are crucial to the battles that tear apart their homelands. I?m forever impressed with Maaza?s work and her dedication to language, landscape and structure. Cheers to an incredible sophomore nov...

    Ive been reading SUCH depressing books and this one isn?t any different. The writing in this one is unfortunately not consistently strong so closer to a 3.5 but when it?s good it?s great. Also learned a lot of new things. Ethiopia book around the world ...

    With language that is lyrical, sensual, tactile and mystical, her writing is a portal to encountering the most horrific of human behaviors in war, class and power. This is a remarkable book grounded in a history of which I knew little. ...

    Intense and illuminating read. It?s historical fiction about a place and war that I knew very little about. And a fascinating plot featuring the Ethiopian women who fought in this war. Their stories were finally told and beautifully so. ...

    Absolutely phenomenal and heart wrenching. I loved every moment of this story. ...

  • Anne
    Oct 03, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

  • Brian Wraight
    Oct 08, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

  • Stacie C
    Jul 19, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

  • EsquiredToRead
    Sep 18, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

    Maaza Mengiste recreates the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, where women warriors are crucial to the battles that tear apart their homelands. I?m forever impressed with Maaza?s work and her dedication to language, landscape and structure. Cheers to an incredible sophomore nov...

    Ive been reading SUCH depressing books and this one isn?t any different. The writing in this one is unfortunately not consistently strong so closer to a 3.5 but when it?s good it?s great. Also learned a lot of new things. Ethiopia book around the world ...

  • Kukuwa Ashun
    Oct 31, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

    Maaza Mengiste recreates the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, where women warriors are crucial to the battles that tear apart their homelands. I?m forever impressed with Maaza?s work and her dedication to language, landscape and structure. Cheers to an incredible sophomore nov...

  • Never Without a Book™
    Sep 26, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

  • Dan
    Oct 25, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

  • Gary
    Nov 04, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

    Won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program. Although I can't really say I disliked this book, I had a really hard time getting into it. Part of it is the language, which is complex. I'd like to include some examples of my point, but as this is an ARC, that's not really allow...

    In 1974, Hirut is a middle-aged woman shading into elderly. No one looking at her on the bus she is riding at the beginning of The Shadow King, the extraordinary novel by Maaza Mengiste, would know that she was a warrior who fought in her country?s most terrible war. The metal box fu...

    The battlefield is a common story of sacrifice, horror, and loss and is usually one that is limited to men. This story is different in that the characters who affect the most change, strength and compassion are women. Hirut is an orphan whose only possession is a gun given to her by he...

    This was an okay book. I received an advance reading copy of this book through an online book group. I?m glad I had some general knowledge of the historical side of the story since the author dives in with the subject of Ethiopia?s efforts to hold off Mussolini?s Italian invasion...

    I heard the author speak at friends of the Saint Paul Library event. I think she is a really talented and interesting person. I wanted to like the book, I really did. Yet it never got literary legs. The characters never developed, boring and plodding story line and violence with little...

  • Laura
    Oct 21, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

  • Christina Farr-Thompson
    Sep 24, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

  • Anna
    Oct 21, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...

    I went to high school with a member of the Selassie family and my uncle worked in Addis Ababa for a few years, so Ethiopian history has always been of interest to me. Beneath the Lion's Gaze was a look at the end of the reign of Haile Selassie and the start of the Derg's rule. This boo...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. This book was neither on my radar nor my TBR until just a few weeks ago, when one of my fellow bookstagrammers, @beingabookwyrm, started the hashtag #READETHIOPIAN, so spread awareness of books by Ethio...

    I wish I could say that I loved this book because the subject matter is something we should be aware of, but I didn't love it. Maaza Mengiste's writing is full of detail and poetic descriptions, however the descriptions were often so violent and horrific that it was hard to keep readin...

    From reading ?THE SHADOW KING?, I developed an ambivalence about it that is hard to explain. Nevertheless, I will try to do so. The novel is set in Ethiopia during 2 critical periods in its history. It begins in 1974 as the country totters on the brink of revolution amid student pr...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste 424 pages What?s it about? This novel begins and ends in Ethiopia in 1974, but the majority of the story takes place in 1935 as Italy invades Ethiopia. The novel centers around Hirut. Hirut is a newly orphaned servant ...

    I had a hard time deciding how to review this book. It is unlike any book I have read before and I went through periods of enjoying the book to not enjoying it. Hirut is a young woman in Ethiopia who lives through the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the second world war. The re...

  • Namrata
    Jun 12, 2019

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 194 This book is set during WWII, under the reign of Mussolini, and it's about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. There are three main characters: Kidane is a soldier in Selassie's army; Aster is his wife,...

    I love a good story, especially when it?s wrapped inside an historical novel. Novelists, please transport me to another place, another time so that I can momentarily forget the United States of 2019. Fortunately, the past two years have brought several excellent historical novels. Fo...

    4.5?s. Wow!! So let me just start by saying this: Maaza Mengiste is an INCREDIBLY talented writer! The Shadow King is set during the second war between Italy & Ethiopia in 1935. The first war between the two countries occurred in 1895 & when Italy lost it was hugely embarrass...

    This book is brilliant. The writing phenomenal. You got to read this. ...

    This is a brilliant book, both in the writing and its literary construction. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste is, at the surface level, historical fiction set mostly in the 1935-1936 period in Ethiopia when Mussolini?s Italy invaded. It is a character study in that it follows the mo...

    I'm putting this one down for now. It's beautifully written but I've read about 25% and it's not moving fast enough for me. I don't find myself looking forward to picking it up each time I try. It's time for me to move on. I may go back to it at some point and would not discourage othe...

    420+ pages of what is essentially the history of Ethiopia and its wars. The characters were not compelling except for Ettore aka Foto. He was a conflicted young man in a war not of his choosing. I almost gave up after the first 200 pages but try not to drop a book because it may be 'di...

    I was so excited when I saw that Maaza Mengiste?s new novel was coming out this year! After devouring Beneath The Lion?s Gaze last year, and falling in love with the beautiful writing, I was really excited to jump into The Shadow King. And The Shadow King broke my heart just as muc...

    Not for me, I don't think, but if I ever need HF for a challenge.... Also, I bet many of you, my friends, would be interested. ...

    To put this simply, The Shadow King, is a really well written book that explores the history of the war that took place between Ethiopia and Italy in the 1930s. It tells the story of the women who fought the war, the challenges they faced, the struggle of the Ethiopian people during th...

    I found this book to be almost like a meditation or a dream, regardless of the deaths, the killing, the war. Although I knew about this war I didn't know anything about it. Now I know it to be a war where women were warriors as well....and, like so much of life, their stories were blot...

    oh my gosh! Amazing book! Read it! ...

    DNF. I tried, I really did, but after 134 pages I had to throw in the towel. The Shadow King is overwrought, bloated with strained metaphors, and packed with way too many characters, which is too bad because the premise is great and the true story that inspired it is one that begs to b...

    This extraordinary novel sounds like it's going to be the next bestseller. It has so much meaning to it it's indescribable. I seriously need this book in my life. ...