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Redemption in Indigo (2010)

by Karen Lord

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A re-telling of a Senegalese folktale. Paama is presented with a gift from the undying ones: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.
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As an audiobook, Redemption in Indigo worked remarkable well. The book is written as if it is being told orally by a storyteller, so listening to the story unfold was perfect. The narrator was brilliant, with distinct voices and accents for each character and provided an extra layer of enjoyment to the tale.

Redemption in Indigo is really a story in two parts. The first part is more like a traditional folktale, with Ansige's visit to Makendha and his repeated follies due to his gluttonous ways. The second part is the meat of the tale, with Paama receiving the Chaos Stick and the Indigo Lord's attempt to regain his power.

This story was charming, with some wise morals and lessons to be given. I will definitely be reading more by this author. ( )
  wisemetis | Sep 16, 2022 |
The exact moment I fell in love with this book was on p. 15, the paragraph that goes, "I know your complaint already. You are saying, how do two grown men begin to see talking spiders after only three glasses of spice spirit? My answer is twofold. First, you have no idea how strong spice spirit is made in that region..." Entertaining and thoughtful and damn well-written books that don't suffer from TMWP* that are also sf/f (or at least flavored by the Genre) are somewhat hard to find, and I'm getting pickier as I get older. Please, Karen Lord, keep writing, 'cause you're my new favorite. I love you just as much as I love China Mieville and Nnedi Okorafor.

* Too many white people. ( )
  leahsusan | Mar 26, 2022 |
I liked the narrator on this. This is based on a fable. The story is moved to a modern setting. The way it is updated is very well done. It keeps the feel of a fable. ( )
  nx74defiant | Nov 9, 2021 |
A very refreshing and thoughtful read. Recommended. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
This was a freebie, or rather a “BONUS BOOK!”, as a strip of paper tucked into the book informed me. I’d ordered a copy of And Go Like This by John Crowley from Small Beer Press (this was not the John Crowley first edition I accidentally ordered twice, by the way), and they included Redemption in Indigo free of charge. All of which is incidental. I was pleasantly surprised by Redemption in Indigo, although to be fair it has had mostly positive reviews. It’s not my favourite type of story – it is, in fact one I generally avoid. The book is structured as a tale told about a woman in a Senegalese-inspired fantasy world who leaves her husband, is gifted with the power of chaos, learns some important lessons at the hands of the god who previously held that power – as does he, of course – before giving the power back and finding contentment. The story is overtly told, and the identity of the narrator is part of the world-building. There’s nothing especially remarkable about either the story or the world-building. While the prose harkens back to older styles of story-telling, it’s a mode that’s been used quite a lot in fantasy fiction. Fortunately, Redemption in Indigo succeeds because it has bags of charm. Its story is not always nice – horrible things happen – but it feels pleasant, and it makes for an enjoyable read. This is a nice book, despite its plot, and the genre needs more of them. ( )
  iansales | Sep 4, 2020 |
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Inspired by a Senegalese folktale, Redemption in Indigo is the perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market. When Paama finally leaves her husband Ansige after 10 years of marriage, he follows her in an attempt to win her back. After a series of humorous, often slapstick episodes in which foolish Ansige gets himself into deeper trouble, only to be extricated by Paama, the watching djombi spirits give Paama the Chaos Stick which allows her to affect chance and probability. However, the Indigo Lord wants the stick back, kidnaps Paama, takes her on a wondrous tour and attempts to impress her with his magic. Précis fails to do justice to the novel's depth, beauty and elegant simplicity. Written from the point of view of an omniscient storyteller in the style of an oral narrative, this is a subtle, wise and playful meditation on life and fate.

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To the memory of my mother, Muriel Haynes Lord
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A rival of mine once complained that my stories begin awkwardly and end untidily.
Chaos was a far subtler force than most people realised. It would be so easy to sense if it threw off thunderbolts or sent barely sensed thrummings through the fabric of reality, but it was nothing more than the possible made probable.
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