This book is delightful for the colorful worldbuilding, if nothing else. It delves deep into West-African tradition and mysticism and paints a world with many layers. It is best read if you do not delve too deeply into the narrative questions. It becomes quite maddening how much EVERYONE in this book enjoys withholding information. There are apparent parallels to Harry Potter here, but none so blatant as the tendency of adults to keep kids in the dark about almost everything while asking a great deal of them. Still, a delightfully quick read.