Monday, November 1, 2010

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

3 stars
R- 2

Okay, if they copy I read had had that cover, I probably wouldn't have gone in thinking it was going to be Asian.  Between the similarity to titles by Amy Tan and the name (which I totally thought was an Asian woman... oops) I really didn't go into this thinking it was going to be African.  Different feel altogether.  Different culture.

Anyway.  So I figured that one out fast.  And was getting into the feel of the Ghana language.  (Lovely.)

But from the title I was still expecting a book about the Trokosi (women married to fetish priests) known as wives of the gods.  Wasn't really about them, though.

So all in all, this was not at all what I was thinking it was going to be.

Overall, it was okay.  Like I said, the language was lovely.  The mystery was fine.  I just didn't love the main character.  A cop who spends a lot of time intentionally breaking laws and not caring about it just rubs me the wrong way.

The descriptions of Ghana and cultural references were enjoyable.  The mystery didn't go where I was expecting, but I just wasn't quite feeling it.

Counts for the Reader's Choice and Support Your Local Library challenges.


  1. I've heard a lot about the book and author, so I'm sorry to hear it didn't work for you. I'm glad the language was beautiful though!

  2. It was kind of one of those where you read it and it was just okay and you can't really think of a reason why.

    I'm sure others probably love it. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood? :)