Reviews: Samatar, Sofia

Ending 2015 on a high note

A Stranger in Olondria — Sofia Samatar

2013’s A Stranger in Olondria was Sofia Samatar’s debut novel.

Jevick lives far from Olondria. Son of a wealthy pepper merchant living in the backwater Tea Islands, Jevick’s life is transformed when his father decides to hire a tutor for his son. The merchant values education without respecting it, and has little idea that exposure to the world of letters will radically affect Jevick.

His father’s death frees Jevick to make his way to Olondria, where Jevick is soon


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