Ahoy there me mateys! This book is the second of the Akata Witch duology. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the akata witch then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
This story continues the adventures of Sunny, a girl born in the U.S. but who currently lives with her family in Nigeria. A year has passed. Sunny is still dealing with the revelation that she has the magical powers of the Leopard People and with the effort of keeping that secret from her family. She has changed so much in a relatively brief time and is struggling with how those changes are reflecting across all aspects of her life.
It took me so long to pick up this second book that I was afraid I wouldn’t remember enough of the first book. Well the author does an excellent recap in the beginning in the form of a warning letter. I loved it. Plus I shouldn’t have really worried. The magic of the tale soon picked me right back up and transported me back into Sunny’s world.
I absolutely loved getting back there. I know that the book has magic and another fight to save the world. But really the highlight of this story for me was the coming-of-age portions of the tale. I loved watching Sunny grow, change, and learn. I loved watching her relationships with her family evolve especially where her brothers were involved. It was so nice to see caring and maturing sibling relationships. I continued to enjoy the friendships between Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha. I loved the new character (and transport) added in this yarn. I continue to love the wasp artist.
That said, the plot and magic involved are also very exciting. I read this in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. It just proves that I love this author’s work. Lagoon is waiting for me to pick it up. While Sunny’s adventure finished nicely in this book, there was a set-up for a potential next adventure. I do hope we get another story in this fabulous world. Arrrrr!
Side note: Another series down (for now)!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.
Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.
Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
binti – book 1 (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
home – book 2 (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
the night masquerade – book 3 (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
akata witch – book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)