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Review: The Truth of the Aleke by Moses Ose Utomi

The Truth of the Aleke is another outstanding installment in the Forever Desert series. It was one of my most anticipated sequels and it delivers! I am continually so obsessed. Keep reading this book review of The Truth of the Aleke for my full thoughts.


The Aleke is cruel. The Aleke is clever. The Aleke is coming.

500 years after the events of The Lies of the Ajungo , the City of Truth stands as is the last remaining free city of the Forever Desert. A bastion of freedom and peace, the city has successfully weathered the near-constant attacks from the Cult of Tutu, who have besieged it for three centuries, attempting to destroy its warriors and subjugate its people.

17-year-old Osi is a Junior Peacekeeper in the City. When the mysterious leader of the Cult, known only as the Aleke, commits a massacre in the capitol and steals the sacred God’s Eyes, Osi steps forward to valiantly defend his home. For his bravery he is tasked with a tremendous responsibility―destroy the Cult of Tutu, bring back the God’s Eyes, and discover the truth of the Aleke.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Immediately Osi uncovered a sweet spot in my heart. To see something happening and know we have to say something, even more so if it’s at our risk. Someone who is so passionate, who demands to see, resonated something bittersweet. And for Osi his whole life changes in an instant. The Truth of the Aleke is about the mutability of truth. The relativity of belief. How we have to have conviction in our power, in our self, in our purpose, but how quickly this belief can be turned against us.

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It’s about the power of killing, of violence, but also the power of mercy. Once we find out, will we ever be the same? This was a delightfully solid sequel considering how hyped I was. While there were more times the themes were dropped onto us, compared to the first, it doesn’t lose the power of these revelations. Find The Truth of the Aleke on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


Who is your favorite merciful soldier?

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