Shaka’s story continues in 2019 with King Shaka: Zulu Legend, the next edition of the African Graphic Novel Series.
Shaka has fought his brother to the death for rulership of the Zulu. Now king of the southern chiefdoms, Shaka seeks to uplift his people, consolidate alliances, and expand the reach of his power, but challenges both external and internal threaten his rule. A rogue military unit exacts revenge on its enemies. Land-hungry Europeans arrive and ingratiate themselves with Shaka, even while plotting their own path to power. And closer to home, Shaka’s own brothers conspire in secret.
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Release date: Out now Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana); October 2019 North America.
Praise for King Shaka
“King Shaka: Zulu Legend stays as close as reasonably possible to what is empirically known about Shaka, his allies, his rivals, and his enemies, in spite of limited, incomplete, and often biased primary sources from the era. An extensive “The Story Continues” postscript teaches the reader more about Zulu history and culture from Shaka’s time. King Shaka: Zulu Legend is an exciting read about a strong-willed ruler who faced enormous challenges, and thoroughly engrossing from cover to cover. Highly recommended, as is the previous graphic novel in this two-part series, Shaka Rising.” —Midwest Book Review
“Authentically enlightening and entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The graphic novels – Shaka Rising and the sequel, King Shaka – are imaginative, engaging, and innovative ways of narrating the legend of Shaka […] Characterization of the people in these comic books is very appealing. The illustrations are superbly designed, colorful, and support the storyline concisely. Molver shows deep understanding of Zulu history and culture. […] Highly Recommended.”— Africa Access Review
“[A] bright, brilliant, dark, and turbulent story” —New York Journal of Books
“King Shaka is educational and enjoyable, illuminating overlooked historical events. It’s the perfect addition for school libraries looking to offer new perspectives on the past.” ―Foreword Reviews
“Shaka’s story, having been largely passed down through oral tradition, is impeccably researched. Molver’s sweeping, epic scenes highlight the importance of Shaka’s presence in African history, and the dark, rich colors intensify the underlying struggle between colonial influences and Shaka’s quest to defend the Zulu culture. An engaging, panoramic introduction to an important figure in African history. Recommended for collections serving older teens.” —School Library Journal