The debut fantasy novel from an award-winning Nigerian author presents a mythic tale of disgruntled gods, revenge, and a heist across two worlds

Shigidi is a disgruntled and demotivated nightmare god in the Orisha spirit company, reluctantly answering prayers of his few remaining believers to maintain his existence long enough to find his next drink. When he meets Nneoma, a sort-of succubus with a long and secretive past, everything changes for him.

Together, they attempt to break free of his obligations and the restrictions that have bound him to his godhood and navigate the parameters of their new relationship in the shadow of her past. But the elder gods that run the Orisha spirit company have other plans for Shigidi, and they are not all aligned—or good.

From the boisterous streets of Lagos to the swanky rooftop bars of Singapore and the secret spaces of London, Shigidi and Nneoma will encounter old acquaintances, rival gods, strange creatures, and manipulative magicians as they are drawn into a web of revenge, spirit business, and a spectacular heist across two worlds that will change Shigidi’s understanding of himself forever and determine the fate of the Orisha spirit company.

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 27 USD / 37 CAD
Published: 2023-08-15
ISBN: 9780756418267
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Page Count: 320

Praise for Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon

"A high octane thriller that is simply unputdownable. Talabi deftly weaves different mythos spanning centuries across continents and borders to create a truly fantastical story. Gods, demons, magicians, giants, all jostling for power and prestige within an all too human story. This remarkable debut rocked my world." —T. L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead

Shigidi is a tale that will excite any lover of contemporary African fantasy. What better thrill than two globetrotting, timetrotting, worldtrotting beings caught between a love story, a heist and a ghastly contract with a spirit company? Talabi's imagination, already obvious in previous works, shines through, offering us a world of deities and monstrosities trading in belief and supplication. An innovative addition to the godpunk roster—if you loved David Mogo, you'll love this!” —Suyi Davis Okungbowa, author of the Nameless Republic trilogy

Praise for the work of Wole Talabi

"These are amazing narratives which show assiduous reflection on science, emotion, mysticism and philosophy. With such careful consideration, impeccable science and interesting characters, each story is prose that gently tickles the forebrain. Recommended." —Tade Thompson, Nommo Award-winning author of Rosewater

"Fierce and urgent—a remarkable new voice." —Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls

"Wole Talabi's 'The Regression Test' blends transhumanism and the Turing test, proffering an intentionally unsettling look at what it means for a computer program to attempt to replace someone you've lost." —Scientific American

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