An exhilarating tale of a bold British adventurer and his escapades in AfricaSet in the 17th century and based on a true-life historical figure, this novel is a swashbuckling tale of exotic lands, romance, and hair-raising adventures. Andrew Battell is a buccaneer on a British ship when he is taken prisoner by Portuguese pirates. Injured and ailing, Andrew is brought to the west coast of Africa where his only solace is Dona Teresa, a young woman who nurses him back to health. Once his health is restored, Andrew’s only hope to return home is to first serve his Portuguese masters, but it is a hope that dwindles as he is pulled further and further into the interior of the continent, into the land of the Jaqqa—the region’s most fierce and feared cannibal tribe—overseen by the powerful Lord of Darkness. Survival means becoming one with the Jaqqa; if he can endure their gruesome rites and initiations. Originally published in 1984, this story by a master of science fiction and fantasy demonstrates the timelessness of any great adventure and will provoke thought in a new audience on the determination to persevere at any cost.
Reviews"Gripping and compulsively readable." —George R.R. Martin, author, A Song of Ice and Fire series
Author BiographyRobert Silverberg is the author of more than 100 science fiction and fantasy novels, including the bestselling Lord Valentine trilogy, and more than 60 nonfiction works. He is the recipient of five Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and the prestigious Prix Apollo. He lives in Oakland, California.