The judged man

Here is an unedited extract of a fantasy novel that is screaming out to come out of my head.  For now I call the story ” The judged man”

Blog 1“We stood gazing at the setting sun with the valley to our back. Our legs were sore and our feet were full of blisters for we had covered a hundred leagues that day. I was glad the worst part of our journey was over for the trip through the valley had been a slow and perilous one.  Our number was now greatly reduced from the fifteen men that had made the trip from Nebukah to Ramulah. We had lost four men to the swamp demons in crossing the river Feruh and two others had been slain when we fought with the Kasha tribes. Of the remaining eight we each carried wounds of varying degrees and we were in sore need of food and rest. Our leader Jinda was not showing signs of slowing down clearly resting was nowhere near his plan we needed to reach Ramulah to find the Prophet Samuel. Ramulah was a Monastery of the great prophets. Situated at the edge of the world the prophets lived a secluded life away from civilisation. Only a few man had ever made the trip to Ramulah because it was usually a fatal journey. Only deep desperation would ever force man to undertake the trip and ours was a great need indeed. The lives of our whole village relied on us getting to Ramulah and gaining audience with the Prophet .”

Msamati “Zimbabwean grown talent “in Game of Thrones

Msamati, 32, at one time was a familiar face on local Zimbabwean television. His parents, a doctor and a nurse, are Tanzanian, he was born in the UK and grew up in Zimbabwe. Msamati went to schools in Harare for his Primary Avondale Primary School and Prince Edward for his High School. After High School he studied towards a BA Honours Degree in French and Portuguese at the University of Zimbabwe from 1995-1997. He currently stars in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin as Salladhor Saan, a pirate-turned-lord.

It is obvious that having been a product of the Zimbabwean education system, it is quite difficult to shake of the Zimbabwean accent. He is a founding member of Zimbabwe’s acclaimed Over The Edge Theatre Company. In a recent interview with the Gurdian he reflects on his decision to leave Zimbabwe in 2001 like many professionals have done since then. “I had always maintained, and always knew,” says Msamati, “that in order to make it in this profession I would have to leave Zimbabwe eventually.” So in 2001 he and three friends stayed on in Edinburgh, renting a flat together. Msamati worked as a cleaner for a while, to make ends meet. In 2002, he made the move properly. “Things in Zimbabwe were not going great. We were getting increasingly angry, and a lot of our anger was getting into our material. It was getting a lot edgier – and that was when I started thinking about making a move. And one thing led to another …”

Another man in Game of Thrones who knows a bit about waking up under the great African Sun is Liam Cunningham. He appears as Davos Seaworth in the second season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1961dropped out of secondary school at 15 to pursue a career as an electrician. In the 1980s, Cunningham moved to Zimbabwe for three years where he maintained electrical equipment at a safari park and trained Zimbabwean electricians.