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February 9th, 2015


Sacrifice (Cover)


A legacy, a deadly bargain and a boy’s mission

Oluyomi O’Tuminu

Fantasy fiction to pique curiosity in the Big Questions

People have always been interested in the Big Questions of life – not least, young people. Is there life beyond the grave? What happens when we die? Is there anything else ‘out there’?

While not directly setting out to answer any of these questions, Oluyomi O’Tuminu seeks to arouse the curiosity of the younger generation (and the not-so-young!) through this thrilling and hugely enjoyable tale. With its clear message of the power of love to overcome evil, the story takes its readers on a breathtaking journey.

Sacrifice tells the story of 12-year-old Taifen Kollay, whose mum suddenly drops dead in front of him. Her life has been claimed by the dark lord Zacotan, in fulfilment of an ancient blood bargain. As she lies imprisoned in Volcanus, the hellish city of the dead, Taifen is transported to the Judgement Chamber of Argoneo, Ruler of the universe, to plead her case.

Fantasy fiction is not a new tool in the box of Christian storytellers. Writers such as C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien are well known for their ability to reach the hearts of their readers through this genre. It is one that Oluyomi uses to great effect: she combines her talent for storytelling with her background as a lawyer to bring to life the scenes in the celestial courtroom and to provoke questions about how the laws of the universe really work.

Sacrifice deals with many of the issues that young people wrestle with today – the conflict between good and evil, the choice between right and wrong – and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions. Taifen faces a dilemma: is he prepared to make a sacrifice to save the life of his mother? And how much of a sacrifice is he prepared to make?

As a Christian, a mother and a lawyer, Oluyomi says she felt compelled to tell this story. Writing about things she knows and understands, ‘like family, the role of law in our lives, and love’, she says, ‘Relationships are important. They connect us to each other in the present and also to our forebears, and will connect us to our successors. You cannot truly know who you are without some insight into your family’s history. Sacrifice examines the question of legacy arising out of a family relationship.’

Sacrifice is a compelling read that will entertain, challenge and inspire.


About the author

Oluyomi O’Tuminu was born in Sierra Leone. After a dramatic escape from the civil war she settled in London where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She is a lawyer, qualified to practise in the UK and Sierra Leone, and has helped establish an NGO to educate women about their legal rights.

Sacrifice by Oluyomi O’Tuminu is published by Instant Apostle and is available online and from bookshops.


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