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Dossouye 2008, Sword and Soul Media
Cover of Dossouye 2008 Sword and Soul Media
Author Charles R. Saunders
Cover artist Mshindo Kumba
Country United States
Language English
Series Dossouye
Genre Fantasy novel
Published 2008 Sword and Soul Media
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 193 pp
Preceded by none

Dossouye is a sword and sorcery novel written by Charles R. Saunders, and published independently in 2008 by Sword & Soul Media via the online press Lulu.


Dossouye is a fix-up novel created from the short stories "Agbewe's Sword", "Gimmile's Songs", "Shiminege’s Mask", "Marwe’s Forest", and "Obenga’s Drum", the last previously unpublished. Dossouye herself is a woman warrior inspired by the real-life female warriors of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey. Her first stories appeared in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's Amazons! and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress, two anthologies designed to increase the number and recognition of female heroes in sword and sorcery fiction.

Orphaned at a young age, Dossouye becomes a soldier in the women’s army of the kingdom of Abomey. In a war against the rival kingdom of Abanti, Dossouye saves her people from certain destruction; but a cruel twist of fate compels her to go into exile.

Mounted on her might war-bull, Gbo, Dossouye enters the vast rainforest beyond the borders of her homeland, seeking a place to call her own.

The forest is where Dossouye will either find a new purpose in life... or find her life cut short by the many menaces she encounters.


An alternate Africa like continent which goes unnamed throughout the novel

List of characters[edit]

The characters in this section are listed in their order of appearance.

  • Dossouye - a former member of the women's army of Abomey who goes into self-imposed exile to protect the beliefs of her people
  • Gimmile - a song teller cursed by Legba who Dossouye encounters
  • Marwe - a shapechanger, a spirit of the forest that Dossouye encounters