For a fantasy set in Nigeria, involving not only magic but violent serial murders, this book was remarkably dull. There was a lot of walking and expositing, and the setting, which could have been excitingly different from the genre-fallbacks, was oddly blank. Except for specific things which were described, I didn't get much sense of place. But my main complaint was the characters. I vaguely disliked most of them, but overall found them flat. Even when a teacher puts them in mortal danger they come across as slightly annoyed rather than frightened or furious. I gave up at the scene where the kids are remarking with no perceptible emotion (fear, pity, disgust, give me something
) on the kidnapping, torture and mutilation of a seven-year-old.