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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Andrew: Boy Slave to Free Rebel is a work of fiction in the adventure, historical and cultural sub-genres, and was penned by author D. N. Bryan. Written for adult audiences, the work does contain scenes of graphic violence, brutal killings, and punishment of slaves. The work centers around the titular character Andrew, whom we first meet as a twelve-year-old slave in Maryland. As we follow Andrew’s journey through his coming of age, a better life is promised as he works towards freedom, but even after this, he learns that the course of his life can never be smooth during this turbulent period of American revolutionary history.
Author D. N. Bryan has crafted a fantastic and emotionally poignant portrayal of one young man’s journey through life in a terribly difficult time. I felt that the violent moments of the plot were very necessary to highlight the brutality of the historical period and the plight of the characters, and I found that the author has put a great deal of work into the development of the characters. Andrew is a highly empathetic protagonist whom readers can root for through his trials, and I enjoyed the other characters who came into the story as it progressed, especially Branwen. I also found the novel to be very educational in terms of the historical plight of slaves, both freed and not. Overall, I would highly recommend Andrew: Boy Slave to Free Rebel to readers who want a highly inspirational, educational, and dramatic historical read.