Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest by Wayne Gerard Trotman is a masterpiece that should be read by every young person. It entails childhood adventures, romance, mystery and intrigue, and science -fiction melodrama. The story is set in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and surrounds Kaya, a teenage boy with normal teenage struggles; struggles that got even deeper when he discovered that he possessed special psychic abilities and an interesting family history. The story focused on Kaya balancing these new abilities alongside school and normal teenage life dramas. He discovers life lessons along the way with his friends Tom, Raima, and Wendy and also how to tackle what life brought to him. He also learned the importance of family and strives to discover his past history especially the mystery surrounding his father whom he had never met.
Being Jamaican myself, I loved Trotman’s use of dialect and terminology. For persons not knowledgeable of the dialect, there was the appendix and glossary provided for clarification; I admired this as it depicts a genuine love and concern for his readers. I admired his use of Caribbean history in the novel as well and it shows that an ample amount of research was done in the creation of the Novel; especially in the areas of obeah and father absenteeism which are both prominent in Caribbean societies today.
The author made excellent use of figures of speech, especially metaphors. He capitalized on the use of metaphors and made readers feel as if they were actually transported into the book with Kaya. Reading this book I felt every bruise, every hurt, every joy that Kaya experienced, I smelt what Kaya smelt; His use of metaphors made the words come alive to me. My favourite parts were when Trotman depicted Kaya’s kisses with Raima and Wendy; I marveled at how he portrayed Kaya's feelings of boyhood love and lust. In so doing it brought us back to our own childhood days and as such made the book so relatable. Every reader will admire and enjoy this authors’ expertise is transporting us back in time to our memorable childhood adventures and exploits.
I would recommend this book especially to teenagers/young adults or just about anyone who loves an action-filled “whodunit’’ sci-fi thriller of a novel. From a person who studied literature in high school, I think this would make a captivating addition to Caribbean school syllabuses as I think students would love it. It's relatable, captivating and youngsters will read, enjoy and regret when the novel comes to an end. I look forward to reading more novels from this author and I wholeheartedly give this book 5 stars.
Legends are immortal dreams made flesh…Kaya Abaniah believes he’s an ordinary fourteen-year-old college student. He lives with his mother on the Caribbean island of Trinidad; he’s passionate about wildlife conservation and has a crush on the prettiest girl in his class.
However, one fateful day, Kaya’s life is changed forever when he encounters Papa Bois, a folklore character similar to the Greek god, Pan.
Kaya learns he has the talent. He’s a telepath, and he’s not alone. He discovers that men in black are constantly watching him, Soucouyant, the shape-shifting vampire wants his blood, and his packed lunch is never safe.
Will Kaya succeed in protecting his relatives and friends from the supernatural evils that lurk on the tropic isle? Can he reveal the shape-shifter’s secret identity? And, why on Earth is the most gorgeous girl, he’s ever known, so interested in him?
Follow Kaya’s struggles with love, rivalry, and academic life, as he confronts the terrifying creatures of Trinidad and Tobago’s folklore, and unlocks the shocking mystery of Papa Bois, the father of the forest.
About Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest:
Kaya Abaniah (Kah-yuh Abba-na-yuh) is a boy's name. Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest is a unique story, set in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In this two-island Caribbean nation, inhabited primarily by people of African and Indian descent, Trinidadian English is the official spoken language, and Standard English is the official written language. However, Kaya speaks authentic Trinidadian Creole, which is similar, but distinct from Tobagonian Creole. Trinbagonians (Trinidadians and Tobagonians) use Creole in spontaneous conversation, while Trinidadian English is often reserved for more formal speech. Various combinations of English, Trinidadian English, and Creole are not uncommon.
About the Author:
Wayne Gerard Trotman is a Trinidadian British writer, blogger, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Trotman immigrated to England in 1984, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
"The author takes a medley of science fiction tropes, from aliens and spaceships to telepathy and artificial intelligence and creates an epic, universe-building tale."