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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Slaves of Fools is the third book in the Antebellum Struggles series by Dickie Erman. The story follows the life of Colonel Winters, Collette, Amana, and Tabari as they race against time. All four of them have their own trials and their own challenges that they must overcome in time, or else they will have no one to blame but themselves. Every man and woman is out to save themselves and even the slave masters cannot protect themselves. What will happen to these four people and the ones they love and want to protect?
Although I did not read the previous novels in the series, I had zero issues in connecting with the characters and becoming invested in their stories. The suspense was tangible, the characters’ desperation was palpable and the climax had my heart racing. I enjoyed the atmosphere the most; it was intense, impressively maintained and carried through to the very end. Amana had my sympathies while I loved to hate the Colonel. However, try as I might, I couldn’t hate Collette. She was as much a slave as Amana.
Slaves of Fools is a powerful story of slaves who are trying to fight for their rights. But this novel is more than that. Although it is a predominant theme in the novel, the author talks about individuality, self-worth, self-love, and acceptance. Not many authors are able to handle such topics and do them justice. Being a fan of Toni Morrison, I have high expectations of authors who write about slaves, their mistreatment, their lives and how they coped. Mr. Erman did a wonderful job touching on this sensitive topic and ensuring that the reader can feel what is happening to the characters.