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T made you want to find out what happened and didn t bore you with the all facts and although the story is part fiction and true facts the author made this story believable This was an easy read It reminded me a bit of Thousand splendid sons a bitThere was also a bit of romance in this story between Ali who is a soldier in an islamic group in Timbuktu with his own radical views and Kadija who loves her family and friends and would give anything to be a Guardian to protect the sacred manuscripts that has been in her family for generations Their bonds grows when Kadija is taken away to be lashed Ali fears for her lifeI really enjoyed this book and actually learnt ite a bit on how Sharia law and how the troubles started and how you can find the best of people even if you don t think so at first glance Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review This book is an important one and the story is one we read in the news rather than in novels It is based on real facts to which the author applied its own characters and plot lines but the essence is real and it feels realI really liked the characters in all their flaws and their peculiarities and vice They are far from being good people at times but they are raw honest and they truly believe in their own right thing to do The rawness of the situation the despair and the inevitability of the action puts the reader face to face with reality and I could not help but fear for what would happen while being afraid of reading on because it felt too real and intenseAs you might have gathered by now it read very easily and it had the right amount of action to ieter moments The emotions were vivid and bright the writing had a great pace and I flew through the pages This is a difficult book to know what to do with On one hand it s a fairly boring typical Romeo and Juliet story with a twist On the other hand it s based on real events in Timbuktu in 2012 which makes it both relevant educational and sad all at once Historical Content Importance Blood and Ink is set in 2012 Timbuktu when radicals Muslims took over the city These are real life people who believe women should always be veiled in public Now Timbuktu had been to date a very progressive Muslim society in which many women chose not be veiled So this was an obvious infringement on their rights Among many other things that happened during that time of occupation Timbuktu had public lashings I cannot even begin to tell you how disturbing I find this Not only that it happened a mere five years ago but also that my sheltered Canadian self remembers
hearing of the occupation of Timbuktu and not thinking it meant much at the time Let me of the occupation of Timbuktu and not thinking it meant much at the time Let me corrected now Stephen Davies has opened my eyes to the radical violence that came and in some cases still comes from these jihads I find it truly disturbing I pledge from here forward to be aware of the actual circumstances that fair practicing innocent Muslims ndergo And that if anything is in my power to act or do something I will Even if it s only to bring awareness Why that s not enoughHowever no matter how important or world shattering a book may be due to its context and content that doesn t make it good writing or characters interesting Without a doubt the main events based on true stories are compelling and horrifying in Blood and Ink but that s really where it ends Everything Davies added to the book his characters motivations etc are dull and cliche To take an event like the protecting of the manuscripts and dumb it down to a couple children being responsible seems offensive to the original folks who actually spent weeks achieving his smuggling act To indicate somehow that the entire occupation somehow laid on one little boys shoulders in many ways is also ludicrous What I would normally accept in completely fictional stories extraordinary children I just cannot abide by when the events actually happened in a completely different way What was wrong with telling the story the way it happened Historical Fiction is differentI read a lot of historical fiction based on true events This is one of a rare few where it s historical fiction written for the young adult crowd This intrigued me at first but after reading Blood and Ink I think that Davies has taken complex human emotions motivations and acts and dumbs them down to lowest common denominator I m not a fan of this as it seems to
Do Disservice To The disservice to the history I look at stories like Titanic where the storyline we follow plays no bearing on the ship sinking This I m okay with as our characters did not cause or create the iceberg hit But in Blood and Ink our two main characters appears to be behind almost all the major decisions and events This doesn t feel right to me FinallyI know there are extraordinary people and children in our world And I love to read about them But don t downplay the importance of real people by having your fictional characters take credit for things they shouldn t Because somewhere out there now is someones who perhaps believes a teen girl in Timbuktu single handedly actually did what this girl does in the book We should be cautious of ever giving too much credit to the wrong people in historical fiction To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. AllahTonight the Islamist rebels are coming for Timbuktu They will install a harsh regime of law and tear apart the peaceful world within the mud walls of the city. .
Blood and Ink is a book that I can t say that I enjoyed but I did find it important and educational It covers the true story of what happened in Timbuktu in 2012 The story is told in alternating points of view one being that of a local resisting the invasion and the other being that of a young fighter for a branch of Al aeda It s well written and really made me think about what is going through the minds of those suffering in these situations Even though it takes place in our recent past it s just as important todayThis Beyond Band of Brothers unbiased review is basedpon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher Book provided for an honest review through NetgalleyThis book was The Water Of Life unexpectedly good I know I ve said that before about other books but honestly The story that this book tells is not what Isually go for when reading anything but there was something about this one that attracted my attention from day one I learned so much about
all the issues countries in the middle east and all these the issues countries in the middle east and all these that are so relevant right now it was an nexpected learning journey and I m so glad books like this are writtenReally recommend it Review by Jack Year 10Blood and Ink is hard to classify It is very much in the style of historical fiction but describes events from just 2012 Also there are elements of war romance adventure and even theology Blood and Ink charts the relationship between Ali a soldier with an Islamic extremist organisation attacking Timbuktu and Kadija the daughter of a moderate Muslim who is a guardian of local religious texts in the ancient cityAli was drawn from his remote village by Redbeard s a real terrorist fervour and promises of glory On the other side of the besieged city s walls Kadija and her father are working to save their traditional religious texts The contrast between these two lives is perfectly captured in the excellent title Blood Ink The insight into jihadism offered by this book makes it an educational resource as much as anything elseKadija s father is my favourite character because he is brave but not rash planning every move and being consistently loyal to his family and religion The best part of the story is in my opinion the old fashioned adventure section where Kadiji evades the authorities as she attempts to smuggle the precious writings to safety As Ali chases after her with an ncertain mixture of motives the tale gathers paceThis is a very good book with which it was really hard to find any problems at all Within the wider storyline an ending or epilogue featuring Redbeard might have been an improvement but he is a real person and I entirely nderstand and agree with the historical accuracy reasons for not doing thisI really enjoyed this book and I am going to look for other books by the author to readI give Blood and Ink 55 stars This review was originally posted on nConventional Bookviews Blood and Ink mesmerised me Very well done mixing actual events and fiction showing the differences in muslim faiths how some are stricter than others and what was done by a people to rise against their oppressors Story I Was Transported By I was transported by and Ink through the way it nfolded two sides of a story How it showed two sides of a war Two sides of a religion How good and bad can be blurred and how difficult it is to change sides once a stance is taken Because the story is based on true events I think it was very realistic Even ficionalised history can be well done and I found the way everything nfolded to be enlighteningTaking a village nder siege radical muslims raise against moderate ones And they change the law Little by little one of the followers a young boy who managed to help his brethren over the wall realizes that some of the things he knows about his religion and what is practiced by their leader don t really meshThere is opposition a lot of courage and a strong sense of loyalty among the villagers Characters Kadi isn t supposed to become the new guardian of the sacred texts but she almost is anyway She feels alive in the musty cellar where the history of her village is hiddenAli thinks he fights for God That s what he s heard for months of training and he is happy when they finally move forward to start to fight Until people die that isThere are side characters that are well fleshed out on both sides and I think it made my comprehension of what is happening in some places in the world much better Writing style Blood and Ink is written in first person point of view past tense Some chapters are from Kadi s perspective others from Ali s Feels All the feels with Blood and Ink It really does convey both the hope and the despair very well The righteousness of the leader and the strong sense of belonging and history with the villagersI love this sound of exploding bottles It is the sound of purity and wisdom the sound of God returning to TimbuktuOur very first song will be the political song Alla Le Ke It tells the story of two princes in a kingdom called Tumana One brother stoe the chieftaincy from the other and banished him from the land Eventually the rightful heir returned and the cieftaincy was given back to him Thank you Netgalley and Stephen Davies for a copy of this book I loved this book I know nothing about Sharia and Muslim Law and the true events that happened in Timbuktu in 2012 But the author wrote this in a way tha. Kadija is the music loving daughter of a guardian of the sacred manuscripts of the ancient city of Timbuktu MaliAli is a former shepherd boy trained as a warrior for.
Read Blood InkThis is an honest and nbiased review Disclaimer I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher Andersen PressI went into this honestly think that I wouldn t like it too much but wanting to expand the genres I read and I am so glad I didAs someone who doesn t watch the news I only knew the bear minimum about this topic but the level of research that went into this novel really showed in the plot and the detail Stephen Davies explains how much was based on fact in the afterword and it is staggering how he managed to Scary Stories 3 use horrific real life events into a novel which is full of morals and messages yet shows both sides the Sufi of Timbuktu and the Defenders of Islam This portrayal of both sides really made for a rounded plotThe fact that this book could be considered Young Adult actually helped mynderstanding and enjoyment of it an adult book on the same topics could go down a very violent or gory route which would be much too graphic for my tastes but I think the way it was handled made the reader The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species understand the impact of the topics discussed without the need for shock factor It also emphasised the ages of the boys in mujahid gangOverall I would definitely recommend this novel It makes for an action packed but historically significant novel that grips you from beginning to end4 out of 5 stars Basic Keywords and Intro Romeo Juliet meets Terrorism Are you cringing yet A Historical Fiction Novel The 2012 coup in Timbuktu Mali Ali belongs to the Defenders of Faith movement Ali begins to fall in love with Kadi What would he chose Love or Faith Points to addressA Where do I even start Oh read thisote from the book He was a handsome young man and fiercely intelligent He talked very elegantly about purity and law But then he began to talk about killing Killing infidels Not just infidels Muslims This statement implies that if only Infidels were being killed then it would have been okay This is absolutely The Bartender untrue but let me explain By doing that the author categorized Muslims into 2 groups terrorists Normal peopleThat is bullshit but I will play along Normal people discovered that Defenders of Faith terrorists weren t only going to kill infidels but they are going kill Muslims as well Only then they viewed this as a problem This implies that even Normal People kind of Muslims approve of killing infidels This means that Muslims are basically violent shitty people That is why I am going to take sentences from the book and explain why is that incorrectB The 2nd part of theote mentioned above Not just infidels Muslims He told me that anyone who commits adultery should be put to death as should anyone who abandons the five daily prayers This is another classic example of when non muslims look at the surface of the ocean then I assume they know everything Like
NO YOU NEED TO DIVE IN TO UNDERSTAND WHATyou need to dive in to Tono Bungay understand what are talking about So the surface here is Muslims who commit adultery should be put to death Dive in There is criteria that has to be fulfilled in order for that to happen The person committing Adultery is married so they are cheating on their partner1 There should be three witnesses2 Those three witnesses must have seen the entire intercoursep ntil climaxing3 They saw it with their own eyes
things like and pictures don t count4 If only one of the three witnesses wanted to report that while the other two didn t then that person shouldn t report what heshe they saw5f that person goes and reports then that person will be punished Now with the praying part Praying is an essential part of being a muslim and if you don t you are probably going to be punished for it Punished by GOD and not another human beingC Terrorism has no religion I know that many terrorism groups claim to be murdering and spreading chaos in the name of God but all of the religions that I know of are against killing innocent people Here are some Islamic laws that should be followed during war image error I received this book for free via Goodreads First ReadsAll I can say is wow The book is young adult and definitely not a fairy tale Set around real events in 2012 and very well researched it is an always pleasant read it is not Radicalised Muslims are hard to nderstand in print or in person and the author has given this a good go here I could do an entire review just based on one of the character s hatred of perfume music and football They might be haram to a brainwashed Muslim who has not fully The Choice understood the ran They are not to the majority of the world To read of radicalised Muslims dishonouring the dead too is hard going as is reading about having someone lashed for not wearing a veil or due to the lies of a radicalised leader I am definitely not a Muslim sympathiser as I treat Islam the same as any religion and think they all believe in fairy tales but this book shows the worst of Islam a lotThe irony of a radicalised Muslim wanting to destroy all superstition is not lost on me either All in all I give great credit to the author for how he has written this book It is a brave book that says what many will not dare say The ending worked yet was a tad Elementary Treatise in Herbology unbelievableI normally say who I would recommend a book to in a review I am not going to with this one It deserves to be read but I am not sure who would get the most benefit or enjoyment out of it. Television football radios even music will be bannedKadija refuses to let go of her former life And something in her defiance draws Ali to herWhich path will he choo.so things like