A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe *Spoiler Free Mini Review*


Fourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest was an African bamboo flute, a drum and a dagger inlaid with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose, leader of a nomadic group of misfits and gypsies. They travel around contemporary southern Europe, living off-grid and performing circus tricks for money. Sante grows up alongside two twins, knife-thrower Cat and snake-charmer Cobra, whom she is in love with. During a performance in Cadiz, Sante recognises two men from her dream. They come after her to retrieve the treasures from the sea chest. Sante finds out that she is an Ashanti princess, whose parents probably perished in the shipwreck. After Cat rescues a beautiful red-haired girl called Scarlett from a gang, Mama Rose’s band are forced to flee the city. But Sante and Cobra stay behind, determined to find out more about her family and where she came from.”

Summary (4)

So overall speaking I enjoyed reading this book. But I was feeling a bit confused as I was reading this book and I didn’t really understand the motivation for actions the main character Sante made. There was a magical realism aspect to this book, which did make it more enjoyable to read and made me more interested in reading more of it. It is a short read and the writing style did keep me engaged to story. But the reason I am doing a mini review, is just that I don’t really have that much to say about it.

Overall rating: 3.5/5 stars

2 thoughts on “A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe *Spoiler Free Mini Review*

  1. I guess magical realism does make a not so interesting story line better, haha. Though you couldn’t understand most of the characters’ intentions, I’m happy you enjoyed at least some parts of it.

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