Sprout of Disruption: The Hangman’s Replacement #1 by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

A  sometimes overly complex style of storytelling often competed with the lovely descriptions in this story.  While it was a unique concept, with some truly clever moments, the overuse of metaphors and excessive passages that are purely dialogue worked more to stall the plot than move it forward in a precise manner.

This unique plotting also made characters, of which there were many, nearly interchangeable: none were particularly well-developed, and the one that I hoped to know more about, Abel, was half-formed and then appeared to have been forgotten.

To be honest, this 500 plus page story felt overlong and overworked: more enamored of the clever tricks and devices to present the story than actually moving the story forward to give a solid introduction to characters and their world.  Yes, the writing was beautiful, and there was a great sense of the author’s intention: I just didn’t find it as well realized when I turned the last page.

Sprout of Disruption: The Hangman’s Replacement #1 by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

Title: Sprout of Disruption
Author: Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
Series: The Hangman's Replacement #1
Genre: Literary Fiction / Speculative, Science Fiction /Dystopian
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author
Pages: 587
Rated: three-stars
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Zimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk.

The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ngozi was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. However, this is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate.

The Sprout of Disruption (Book 1) introduces the universe of characters whose lives have been set alight by the plant which sparked the recruitment effort. It tells the story of the aspiring hangman who was obsessed with securing the job, the sympathizers who fought to protect him from his prize, and the anxious men who believed that emptying death row would end their horror before the meat-eating plants constricted around their necks.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

Taona Dumisani Chiveneko is the author of ‘The Hangman’s Replacement’ series. The Zimbabwean citizen was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road which runs from Mutare to Hwange. Mr. Chiveneko has refused to confirm which option is true. He is also equally circumspect about his age, which he has pegged at: ‘More than ten, but less than a hundred-years-old.’

Mr. Chiveneko is widely regarded as the most anti-social African author.

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