Author Elizabeth Evans Revisits the Ancient Civilization of West Africa in Her Riveting Historical Novel

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New book follows the journey of two young hearts that must battle deceit and lies in order to trust each other and succumb to the call of love.

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A compelling and truly heartwarming read

The histories of the ancient civilizations of West Africa are not available to a wider audience because very little information about them can be found today except in the writings of African scholars. Inspired by her desire to give the rest of the world more access to this part of history, author Elizabeth Evans presents her new historical novel, “Sanakhou”.

This book is about the vast riches of the 13th Century Empire of Mali. It touches upon subjects such as the empire’s gold, its salt trade, its first emperor, Sundiata Keita, its people, its lovers and the tradition of sanakhou or brother vows. The kingdom of Mali is ruled by the mighty King Sundiata Keita. A prophecy foretold that he would be a powerful ruler someday, the only one who would be able to defeat the evil Sumanguru. He fulfilled that destiny and now enjoys a peaceful reign in his kingdom. However, he has one dilemma-he needs to find a suitable husband for his spirited daughter, Chinue.

The answer to his prayers comes in the form of a young foreign prince, Ayinde who happens to be the son of Sundiata’s good friend and sanakhou brother, Mansa Faony Konde. The union is not as smooth as they all had hoped, because in their midst lies a traitor who will do anything to stop the marriage of the betrothed. Lies are spread that manage to fuel a dangerous discord.

A compelling and truly heartwarming read, “Sanakhou” will sweep readers off to a different time and place where a rich culture thrives and brave men dwell. It will give readers a glimpse into the ancient civilization of Mali and make them better understand its rich history.

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About the Author
Elizabeth Evans grew up in suburban Philadelphia surrounded by books on African history. She is a retired educator and lives in Southern California. She is the author of two paranormal romps in the Earth Warrior series: “So Bite Me” and “Til Death Do Us Part”, and also wrote “The Marabout”, the sequel to “Sanakhou”.

SANAKHOU * by Elizabeth Evans
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Trade Papaerback; $19.99; # pages; 978-1-4836-9207-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; # pages; 978-1-4836-9208-1
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