Through her Shadow Chasers trilogy, Bontle Senne hopes to inspire young black women. “I like the idea of a black girl also kicking butt and breaking down the gender stereotype,” she says. “It is important for young people to see heroes who look like them in mainstream media, role-models who represent their gender and background.”

Given African culture’s rich history of myth and magic, Senne finds it startling that the fantasy genre is yet to fully express itself in South African literature. Her fantastical new trilogy is opening up a whole new world of possibilities for her country’s children to explore, encouraging them to stimulate the source code of dreams – their imaginations.

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