Intriguing, exciting, and riveting are the words to describe Underworld Heaven by Amadak Ubeng. If you are a lover of fantasy fiction, then Underworld Heaven is your must-read. It is a terrific storytelling masterpiece by Amadak. From the setting to the plot to character conceptualization, everything just blends perfectly to create a captivating work of fiction. I especially liked the plot of the story because of its unpredictability; you cannot readily guess what would happen next – so many interesting twists to the plot. A new character emerges, and you are very sure that the character will add something important to the plot. Also, Amadak’s masterful use of flashbacks in the story is exquisite.
Another thing I really liked about Underworld Heaven is Amadak’s undeniable mastery of the English language; I always look out for that in any book I read, especially by a Nigerian author. Amadak’s grammar is impeccable and her familiarity with the nomenclature of objects is commendable as well. I also liked her using the correct words and expressions to describe happenings in the story. For example, at different points in the story, we came across characters who expressed their disgust about something by sucking their teeth, which is the correct way to describe what we generally call “hissing”. In Africa, especially in Nigeria, we suck our teeth to express annoyance or disgust, not hiss. It is animals that hiss, but we suck our teeth. Hopefully, the reader of Underworld Heaven will pick that one up.
Amadak’s storytelling prowess is undeniable – she is creative, intelligent, and full of imagination. These attributes, which are evident in Underworld Heaven, make the story a worthy read and stand Amadak out as a skilled writer with big aspirations; putting her on a pedestal that many writers are struggling to reach. Great job Amadak! Keep up the good work and you will stand before kings, that is if you are not doing so already.
Read Underworld Heaven HERE.
Review by: Ifeanyi Idiaye
Ifeanyi is an editor and proofreader, who has a keen eye for detail, and also a budding writer. He likes to conduct social network analyses of characters in a book (play or prose), in order to see what position each one occupies in the development of the story plot and theme.