Guided by an Unknown Destiny: Eda Blessed II by Milton J. Davis
Eda Blessed II
Juneteenth was just marked a federal holiday in the United States to commemorate the June 19th, 1866 end to slavery. Like many memorial dates, it resonates with equal parts celebration and reflection. This June 19th, 2021, we highlight the book release of Eda Blessed II, appropriately published by a champion of Black Speculative Fiction, Milton Davis (author and editor of MVmedia, a publishing company specializing in Afrofuturism, and Steamfunk). Notably, Milton Davis has been a proponent and publisher of works by Sword & Soul originator Charles Saunders who is known for his Imaro/Nyumbani series (check out the tour guide to the Imaro Series on Black Gate). Omari Ket is the protagonist of Eda Blessed and his first name is an anagram for Imaro, but apparently, that was not done intentionally; in any event, Omari is a very different personality than Imaro.
Omari Ket is a rogue warrior; an Agency onto himself
From the first Eda Blessed, we know that Omari Ket is a rogue warrior, not a spy, but he is as suave, cunning, and as lethal as any Secret Agent Man. ‘Agency’ is a term for the capacity of a character to act independently, and Omari is an Agency onto himself: he reports to no one. Omari is a ladies’ man in a dog-eat-dog world. If you like a cut-throat, libertine, action-oriented protagonist, then you are ‘Eda Blessed.’
Omari Ket’s adventures continue in Eda Blessed II. A collection of ten new tales span Omari’s indentured service with the Mikijen to his journeys as a freelance mercenary. Omari fights, lies and runs his way across Ki Khanga, guided by an unknown destiny and protected by Eda.
Omari Ket exists in the universe of Ki Khanga, an alternative Africa, that has its own book (Ki-Khanga: The Anthology) and RPG game world to immerse yourself in. Read the books, then play the world! There are other spinoffs too, including two with leading heroines: Priestess of nKu and The Bene’s Daughter. Eda Blessed published in 2018 featuring 8 tales (three published previously in other anthologies). Eda Blessed II has 10 tales and is available now in paperback and ebook via MVmedia’s store, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Omari Ket Art
About Milton J. Davis
Milton Davis is an award winning Black Speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in Science Fiction and Fantasy based on African/African Disapora history, culture and traditions. Milton is the author of nineteen novels and short story collections; his most recent the Sword and Soul adventure A Debt To Pay. Milton is also a contributing author to the upcoming Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, published by Marvel and Titan Books and coauthor of Hadithi and the State of Black Speculative Fiction with Eugen Bacon. He is the editor and co-editor of eight anthologies; The City, Dark Universe and Dark Universe: The Bright Empire with Gene Peterson; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R. Saunders; The Ki Khanga Anthology, the Steamfunk! Anthology, and the Dieselfunk anthology with Balogun Ojetade. Milton’s work had also been featured in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology and Rococoa published by Roaring Lions Productions; Skelos 2: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, Steampunk Writers Around the World published by Luna Press; Heroika: Dragoneaters published by First Perseid Press, Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Volume Two, Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire, and Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda by Marvel/Titan Books. Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade won the 2014 Urban Action Showcase Award for Best Script. Milton’s story ‘The Swarm’ was nominated for the 2017 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction and his story, Carnival, has been nominated for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction.
How do you guys manage to uncover all this amazing stuff? At this time last year, I actually looked at my empty Kindle and wondered if I’d read everything which would pique my amazing and weird fantasy interest. Thanks for bringing more to the public’s attention…I’m kind of perplexed that I only learned of y’all in 2021.
Glad your to-read pile grows! There is a lot of fresh weird fantasy out there… finding and sharing is an adventure sometimes. Thanks for chiming in. Cheers!
That looks absolutely awesome.