The Mbora Trials : A Coming of Age Fantasy Adventure
by Jonah Ian
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Boys have been arriving through the night, some walking for days in heat and brush to reach the King's compound for the annual 'Mbora Trials', the most prestigious rite of passage in the land. For centuries, at least one male in each generation has been sent to compete as matter of family pride; however, this year the vast numbers who have entered the trials is unprecedented, and no one is sure why.
For the four local boys studying them, as they wait for the opening ceremony to start, the prospect of surviving the week appears increasingly unlikely. There had to be close to a hundred entrants, many of them rough and clearly older than the upper age limit, yet for some reason, someone had decided to let them through. Worried and bemused, the boys debate dropping out, when their blasé and charismatic gang leader, Leopard, approaches. Always scathing and dismissive of the trials, they know whatever his reason for being here is, it has nothing to do with proving he is 'the best of men', but are so relieved to see him, they decide to stay.
Two outsiders join their group: Noah, whose arrival has been secretly anticipated by the king's stargazers and his sinister shaman, then Mongoose, a secretive, watchful boy, whose presence would have barely registered if not for his unexplained dislike of Noah.
Spanning a period of seven days, the story focuses on this disparate group and their unlikely progress through a series of notoriously difficult challenges, each designed to test an aspect of male masculinity. What they had not expected was to learn how masculinity would be defined, or the unwanted interference of the spirit world, which wants one of them dead.
Culminating in a manhunt held high on the mountainside, friendships and courage are tested to the limit, but who will survive? Those who follow the rules, or those who rebel?
Inspired by Arthurian legend and African myth, 'The Mbora Trials' is a thrilling coming of age fantasy adventure that explores the themes ...
Length: 137 Pages (1,121 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Jul 13th, 2020