Book Title: Chayoma: Curse of the Jangura
Book Description: Chayoma is a medieval epic fantasy series, filled with magic, awesome action, majestic scenes and jaw dropping storytelling. It tells a story of a girl born with special abilities but was coerced into evil by the political deceptions of her own people's ruling class. She must go through several events to understand the gravity of her purpose while a very dangerous plan is about to befall all of the Kitara kingdoms of east Africa.
Book Author: Peter Chizoba Daniel
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: PEDA Entertainment
Illustrator: Jimmy King
I read Chayoma #1 probably close to a year ago and loved the story Daniel was beginning to craft. When I was sent issues 1-3 in the physical format, I couldn’t wait to jump in!
First, let me comment on the physical format. The books are not standard comic size, they are in an 8.5” x 11” format, which I love. Don’t ask me why, but I love a book that doesn’t follow standard size! It just gives a different feel in your hands and lends to a slightly different reading experience.
Chayoma follows the eponymous character and the political world of East Africa and explores legends and myths from the region while weaving its own unique story. The story is setting up an epic-level story with multiple different players all converging on Chayoma and her gifts and powers.
The story is well told in issues 1 & 2 but REALLY picks up steam in issue 3, which is obvious from the jump in page count between issues 2 & 3. The story begins getting much more complex in issue 3 as well, and, for me, was hard to keep track of who was who at times. To Daniel’s credit though, he does provide a character overview sheet in both issues 2 & 3 which helps clarify things when it gets a bit muddled.
The art is very solid and I actually look forward to seeing how King brings each page to life. The colors are always vibrant and deep and make the book feel like I’m watching an anime.
There are a few editing mistakes throughout the books; nothing that will pull you out of the story but, noticeable nonetheless.
I cannot wait for issue 4 to see where he story leads next, and, this series may be one of the few that I reread to pickup on some of the details I may have missed! PEDA Entertainment has a wonderful series in Chayoma with unlimited potential! You can pick up the issues at the PEDA website (linked above) and you can read them on the Black Sands App!
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