Kima by A. H. Amin



The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman than what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.

Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
Series: n.a.
Length: 140 pages
Release date: 2016-11-03



She gazed at the small child and she saw her feelings through the little girl’s gestures; it was the same way she had felt when she had looked at the birds earlier that day. Alice met the same eyes that were inspecting her. Noticing the odd way the old woman was looking at her, she stopped biting her nails.

‘It’s not your fault child’ the old woman said.

‘Don’t worry, Kima can tell.’

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Alice and Alex, two white children in South Africa. After more or less falling over false killer whales beached on the shore they meet Kima – a wise woman who tells them an unforgettable story.

With Kima, A. H. Amin has created a remarkable story of two children and a wise woman. Kima’s story, told to her by the Black Seagull, leaves an impression – not only on Alice and Alex; I could hear her voice in my mind. The tale of courageous allies and their endeavour to save the world is beautiful. It is a good read, drawing you close to Kima, Alice, Alex, and the tale. Respect for nature should be on our minds, listening instead of being indifferent. A. H. Amin was inspired by an article about suicide whales on the beaches of South Africa, he did some research on whales and learned that whales use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. ‘What if a magnetic field generated by a different source could influence and affect whales?’ Kima, Alice, and Alex are of sufficient depth – as well as believable. The story has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like mythology and folk tales, as well as nature and food for thought.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little interest in literature.

He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Kima?  Or – if you did not yet read Kima – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







21 thoughts on “Kima by A. H. Amin

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  2. Hello! It’s been a long time. I wanted to now if you can help me… again. Since Christmas is close by, I wonder if you would be interested in posting my book on your social media as a Christmas read, since the story does take place in Christmas. I would really appreciate it.

    That’s where my book can be found. Thank you and have a blessed year 🙂

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  5. I’m really honored that you enjoyed my novella. I really placed all my efforts to make my story as original as possible.
    I hope my tale had added something meaningful to your life, and I wish you all the best for this year.

    ~ Ahmed H. Amin

    • I am very glad that you offered me your novella for reading, Ahmed. It is a real gem, and I highly appreciate why you wrote this story. I could even hear Kima’s voice…
      Your story has a message – an important message! Message received.

    • Thank you very much for the praise, Teri. Despite having my favourite genres, I am always willing to test other genres as well.

  6. Not sure about Kima but have to admire your wide range of material on which you write reviews. The book does sound interesting although I’m not much of a fan of folk tales. Maybe this would be a good one to try.

    • It is a quite unusual read, John. A story inside a story can be charming.
      Alice and Alex learn to see the world from a different angle – a good message. I also liked how the author was inspired to write this book. It might not be for everyone, I liked it (respecting nature, fighting against prejudice, etc.).

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