By Isabella Bleszynski
Kings and queens, witches and warriors,
Renegades, mystics, adventurers, wise men and fools
All play their part in
‘A DANCE CALLED AFRICA’
When the ancient powers of Africa meet the thrusting forces of change, what will be the outcome?
Threatened by a group of thugs, a 10-year old boy appeals to his ancestors for help. The response is immediate - and terrifying. Later, after publicly defying the powerful father who forced his family into exile - again the heavens respond.
Coincidence, natural phenomena…or something else?
One person, however, shows no fear- either of the storm or its apparent instigator. Langani, the four-year old who likes to dance, meets the rebellious youth, Shaka ka Senzangakhona.
During the trial of a notorious witch, they meet again. Shaka is now a powerful warrior king and creator of the Zulu kingdom, while Langani is of high intellect, a mystical prophet and a man of peace.
The diviner is haunted by dreams of the white men scheming to enter the Kingdom in search of its ivory.
Henry Francis Fynn: hunter and intrepid explorer, is also known as ‘the man who can raise the dead.’
James King and Francis Farewell, ex-naval officers. whose bitter rivalry will threaten to bring destruction on those around them.
Jakot Msimbithi: the handsome Xhosa with the ‘magical eye’ and the luck of the devil. Cattle rustler, spy, and freedom fighter - even Robben Island cannot hold him.
But there is something else Langani cannot explain – his electrifying visions of the blue-eyed, red-haired boy who is also destined to play a part in the dangerous game about to unfold in Zululand.
Who is he?
And just what is his powerful connection to King Shaka?
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Isabella Bleszynski, Author
…the life of
Isabella was born and educated in the north-east of Scotland. Six years after entering the teaching profession in Aberdeen, she took up a contract with the Ministry of Overseas Development, London and left for Ndola, Zambia, with her sons then aged 6 and 4.
After a few years it was followed by a move to Chingola, close to the border with the Republic of Congo, where she was appointed as Head of the Helen Waller School. She was instrumental in renaming it the Princess Nakatindi School, the name it still bears.
Several contracts later, she moved to Lilongwe, Malawi. Her final tour in Africa took her north, to Libya, where she worked for Sirte Oil Company, in Marsa el Brega.
The year after the Americans bombed Tripoli and Benghazi she left Libya to return to Scotland. Isabella now writes full time and is a member of Elgin Writers. She has two sons, four grandchildren and spends a part of each year in Australia.
‘A DANCE CALLED AFRICA’ Book 1 of ‘THE ‘JOHN ROSS’ TRILOGY’ is her first published novel.
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