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Hallowed Ground: The Mystery of the African Fairy Circles
by Paul Twivy
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Page Count: 336
This magical story is inspired by the most haunting and least explored country in the world – Namibia – with its foggy Skeleton Coast, buried goldmines, shocking secrets and awe-inspiring sand dunes.
Spread across the face of its deserts are hundreds of miles of ‘fairy circles’ : vast enough to be seen from space. They grow and die with the same lifespan as humans, yet no-one has been able to explain why or how they appear.
Then one day, three teenagers and their families arrive from different parts of the globe. Helped by bushmen, the buried possessions of a Victorian explorer, and a golden leopard, they solve the mystery of the African Circles. What will be discovered beneath the hallowed ground? And how will it change the future of the planet above it?
Paul Twivy studied English at Oxford University and became one of the most famous British admen. He has written comedy and drama for the stage and radio. He edited the bestseller Change the World for a Fiver. He is married with five children. He was inspired to write Hallowed Ground by his first-hand experiences of the extraordinary landscapes and culture of Namibia.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and The Conrad Press for this free copy.
German genocide in Namibia against two tribes.
**This content warning was included by the author for this tour.
Namibian, Chinese, African
Personally I wouldn’t have classified this as YA even though the characters are described as teenagers. But I could be wrong. I felt like it dealt with way more adult themes and just read more like a New Adult book or something like that. But anyway, I just had to get that out there.
I think this was a really nice novel that introduces us to a country that I personally have not learned much about in my life, and probably a lot of people haven’t. If you have heard of the African country Namibia, then honestly you are way more geographically knowledgeable than me, and I salute you, friend.
I really like that Twivy used his personal experience of Namibia to write this book. It almost felt like a little love story for this opportunity to showcase Namibia in a light that not a lot of people see. And the story of friendship that surrounds this novel is pretty great too.
I never actually learned about the story of the fairy circles, and now I’m really curious to look it up more on a research binge when I get the chance, but I think this book is such a great story about what the fairy circles could be, and a journey that a lot of people will be fascinated with. However, I will say that with the background plot of genocide and the political turmoil that happens in this novel, I would just give a heads up on that. It may not seem like a “big deal” for the story, but it may trigger some.