What a delight it is to enter this enchanting world again! Akata Warrior is truly a special and exceptional novel, and I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour today! Check out my review and favorite quotes below and be sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book
Title: Akata Warrior
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Pub. Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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.
My Review and Favorite Quotes
What a delight it is to enter this enchanting world again! AKATA WARRIOR and it’s predecessor are truly the most magical and immersive middle grade novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading since the HARRY POTTER series.
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.
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com.
Enter the Giveaway
Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. (ARV: $18.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 2, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 20, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 23, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Follow the Blog Tour
Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to check out all the amazing blog posts along the way!
October 2 – NovelKnight – Review
October 3 – Alexa Loves Books – Review
October 4 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
October 5 – Dazzled by Books – Review
October 6 – YA and Wine – Review & Favorite Quotes
October 9 – MuggleNet – Review
October 10 – Wandering Bark Books – Review
October 11 – YA Wednesdays – Review
October 12 – What Sarah Read – Review
October 13 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
October 16 – Books 4 Your Kids – Review
October 17 – The Children’s Book Review – Author Q&A
October 18 – The Book Wars – Review
October 19 – Bookstorm Reads – Review
October 20 – Hollywood News Source – Playlist
Have you read either Akata Witch or Akata Warrior yet? What are some of your favorite middle grade novels?