In the heart of Africa, 43,000 years BCE, the Koriba begin their long trek north. The young chief Temfe follows the route taken by his allies from the Baroni tribe. But news reaches them of a fierce people that lives beside the river. Monsters, the stories say, men like beasts who slaughter any that cross their lands.
The riverbank holds secrets: signs of a massacre. Dead bodies litter the ground. Survivors confirm Temfe’s worst fears: Tchigun, the cruel leader of the savage Gomneen tribe, has slaughtered and enslaved the Baroni and seized the beautiful Hara as his own.
To rescue Hara and save his friends Temfe must fight alone. Only cunning can free them.
But there are greater dangers than flint blades and spears. As hunger for revenge burns his heart, can Temfe let go of hate? Can he hold to his true self – and defeat the monster that shadows him, closer than his own breath?
About the Author
Simon Townley is a British writer and the author of the acclaimed slipstream / speculative novels 'Lost In Thought' and 'Ball Machine'. He has written a range of cross-genre novels for both adults and young adults, including the prehistoric fiction series 'A Tribal Song - Tales of the Koriba'; post-apocalypse cli-fi adventure 'In The Wreckage'; dystopian sci-fi thriller 'Outlivers'; and the bio-punk tale of a talking terrier 'Doguar and the Baboons of War.' He has also published a collection of short stories called 'The Broken Road.'
Simon lives in Devon, England, with a woman, three cats and his beloved Airedale terriers.