Redemption in Indigo is Just the Kind of Quirky Book I Need in my Life
I absolutely LOVED Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord! I loved the quirky style of writing, the story, the world, the protagonist…everything, really.
But I wanted to do something different in this review, so here goes…
A letter to you from…well, you’ll see.
People have complained that I am not good at summarising anything. I admit to that. I like the details in the story and I can never shorten anything.
But I will attempt to do so, for you.
This story is not like one of those insipid, about young children who are forced to be heroes. My tales are drawn from real life and real life has better heroes than those little ones, who are barely out of the womb.
Instead, we follow Paama, a middle-aged lady, who is married to Ansige, a foolish glutton. We will see how Paama suffers with Ansige and all of the ridiculous scrapes he gets into.
But not for long. Ansige is just the comic relief; not the main character.
The real story begins when Paama leaves Ansige. Powerful, benevolent spirit beings who maintain the balance of our world notice our hero’s sensible nature and her incredible skill at cooking. These spirits are called by different names among different people, but where Paama lives, they are called Djombi, so that is how we shall talk of them, too.
The Djombi gift Paama a stick of great power – a Chaos Stick. But they are a little unwise to the ways of the human beings, and leave her to her own devices with that great power, giving her knowledge about only the bare minimum.
They do not tell her what the stick does. But more importantly, they conveniently forget to mention that they took it away from one of their own kind – a benevolent Djombi who has lost his way.
I will not tell you more, for I want you to read the book, but I will say that this is a story of learning; of choices; and of redemption. This has a Moral, which people often do not like. They prefer a story with nothing useful to offer, and a Moral of the Story puts them off. But I am only being honest here. This story has one, as does almost every tale you hear about.
Enjoy the journey, and do come to the telling of the story!
I’ve tried to capture the essence of the narrator’s voice here, but I think I’ve not done it justice. She (I think the narrator is a “she”, somehow) is witty, wise, quirky, and very present. Usually, books in third person have invisible narrators with no personality, but in this, she was my favourite character!
You want some uniqueness in your life
You like magic and spirits and powerful beings
You’re looking for a light read that’ll make you crack up and some points and think really hard at others
Oh, and did I mention? This is based on a combination of Caribbean and Senegalese mythology. How fascinating is that!
About the Author
Dr Karen Lord was born in Barbados (that’s literally all that’s available about her childhood).
She has taught physics, trained soldiers, worked in the Foreign Service, and also earned a Ph.D. in the sociology of religion.
A truly impressive human!
She writes speculative fiction and has won several awards for her works. Redemption in Indigo is her debut novel, based on (and this is so interesting) the Senegalese folktale “Ansige Karamba the Glutton”.
In addition to Redemption in Indigo, she’s written The Best of All Possible Worlds, is a science fiction romance story, and The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds.
I regret to say that this is the only information that even the usually detailed Wikipedia has on her.