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Akata Warrior Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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Praise for Akata Warrior:
★ "Okorafor’s novel will ensnare readers and keep them turning pages until the very end to see if andhow Sunny fulfills the tremendous destiny that awaits her." —Booklist, starred review
"Satisfy fans eager for more of Okorafor’s signature brand of magic." —The Horn Book
Raves for Nnedi Okorafor's writing:
"There’s more imagination on a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." —Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of A Wizard of Earthsea
“The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novels I have ever read!” —Laurie Halse Anderson, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Speak
"I always loved science fiction, but I didn’t feel I was part of it—until I read first Octavia Butler, and now Nnedi Okorafor." —Whoopi Goldberg
"Highly original stuff, episode after amazing episode, full of color, life, and death. Nnedi Okorafor's work is wonderful!" —Diana Wynne Jones, award-winning author of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci
"Jam-packed with mythological wonders." —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
"Okorafor's imagination is stunning." —The New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous and uplifting read, heartwarming in its portrayal of true friendship, heartbreaking in its portrayal of headstrong youth and the perils of pride." —Cory Doctorow, award-winning author of Little Brother
"Fresh, original, and smart. We need more writers like her." —Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind
"Nnedi Okorafor is opening doors into strange and beautiful new worlds. Her heroes are beguiling, her magic firmly rooted in real places and real things. Rich, mysterious, and convincing, Akata Witch takes fantasy in a haunting new direction." —Jonathan Stroud, New York Times bestselling author of The Bartimaeus Trilogy
"The voice of Nnedi Okorafor does not obey the rules of distance, time, or place. Hers is the voice that fuses matter and imagination. She shows us just how close we are to that alternate reality." —Tchidi Chikere, Nigerian award-winning film director and screenwriter
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work, the New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning.” Nnedi has received the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award, among others, for her novels. Her fans include Rick Riordan, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Ursula K. Le Guin among others.
Nnedi Okorafor holds a PhD in English and is a professor at SUNY Buffalo. She divides her time between Buffalo and the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her daughter. Learn more at nnedi.com or follow her on Twitter @nnedi.
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In this highly anticipated sequel to AKATA WITCH Sunny Nwazue and her friends are back and causing more trouble in the Leopard Society than ever before as they try to save the world from imminent doom. The stakes are higher than ever, and as the title suggests, readers can expect even more action and adventure in this one.
I absolutely adore the cast of characters that Okorafor has put together in this series. Every one of them is so dynamic, interesting, and wonderfully quirky. Their dialogue throughout the novel is fun, funny, and feels so authentically middle grade.
AKATA WITCH was all about introducing Sunny to the fascinating Leopard Society, and in AKATA WARRIOR we really get to explore more of that world and it's magic system. Okorafor's attention to detail is mind blowing, and those fun little details really breathe life into world, making it entirely immersive and so much for to delve into.
I said this in my review of AKATA WITCH, but it bears repeating that I adore the way Okorafor took traits that would be considered physical oddities in our world and turned them into something that would give these children special abilities in the Leopard world. For example, Sunny is albino, which causes her to made fun of and ridiculed by her peers and others in the human world, but gives her a very special and powerful gift in the Leopard world. There are so many important themes in these books, but for me, that right there is why these books need to be required reading in schools.
Okorafor's prose is stunning, and the language she uses adds this fantastical sense of whimsy to the story, which makes this book so much fun for readers of any age.
AKATA WARRIOR is truly a special and exceptional novel. I highly recommend these books to everyone and sincerely hope we'll get to see more of Sunny and her adventures in the future.
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*