The Shadow King Summary
Maaza Mengiste

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The Shadow King Overview

Maaza Mengiste's The Shadow King is an arresting new work of historical fiction, which depicts the events of Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia during World War II. The novel's expansive narrative point of view tells the story of the fierce female Abyssinian warriors who fought alongside their men against their Italian oppressors. The novel explores themes of loyalty, bravery, and resilience amidst impossible turmoil and violence.

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