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King Warrior

by (author) Jay Bulckaert & Erika Nyyssonen

illustrated by Lucas Green

Renegade Arts Entertainment
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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Living in different worlds and separated by an ocean, a father and son try to stay connected through the power of imagination as their distanced lives pull them further apart.

Awale takes a job as a cab driver in Canada's remote city of Yellowknife in order to provide for his family back home in Gaalkaycyo, Somalia. As his wife Warsan and young son Afrah struggle with his absence, Awale creates a world-building epic inspired by the wonders of his new Arctic home, in order to keep his son close to him.

Afrah dives deep into this magical world of Jaÿrikas, and through his imagination, the myths, legends, and diversity of the north are brought to life in such powerful ways that when tragedy strikes and all the worlds start to collide, Afrah is left with only one choice: to become the&nbspKing Warrior.

A story spanning the globe both imaginary and real, King Warrior celebrates the turbulent glory of boyhood while encouraging the reader to reconnect with that rich inner palace of youthful imagination that ultimately holds the key to our freedom.

About the authors

Jay Bulckaert grew up in farm-town Ontario, then moved up North in 2001, where he has carved out a career as a filmmaker with his company Artless Collective and founded the mayhem that is the Dead North Film Festival. He lives, hunts, and creates in Yellowknife with his lady and their two cats.


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Editorial Reviews

King Warrior's parallel universes, both real and imaginary, illuminate the icy wonders of an Arctic winter and the pain of a young boy living worlds away from his father. A sensitive look at the immigrant experience of one Somalian family, this spectacular debut is an action-packed adventure with unforgettable characters. A belching ptarmigan, the evil and foul-smelling Water Dog. I absolutely love this story!'&nbsp - Laurie Sarkadi - Author of "Voice in the Wild a memoir.

‘King Warrior is a truly epic tale. Stunning illustrations perfectly capture the northern landscape, a family full of heart and mythical creatures that are both quirky and ferocious. A page-turning story with a complex young hero struggling to keep his family strong even when they are worlds apart.' - Michelle Swallow - Author of The Mackenzie River Guide Book