Hardcover, 477 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
The sequel to the much lauded Akata Witch increases the stakes, jams up the actions, and pushes the group dynamics to breaking points. We pick up with Sunny Nwazu and her friends a few weeks after we left them in the first book. Here is the official synopsis:
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.
The best thing about this series is that each book delivers a solid story of its own…not to say it’s episodic but it sort of is? Anyway, Akata Warrior is a breathtaking feat featuring giant Godly spiders, different worlds, water monsters, and a whole new level of tension.
Sunny’s troubles grow when she discovers the brother who was supposed to be at college home on night, desperately trying to find money to flee. She finds out that he has been inducted in a gang quite against his will and his life is forfeit if he doesn’t complete the hazing. Sunny uses her magic to protect her brother but this isn’t without consequences. She gets put into confinement in the basement of the magical school she attends and there she finds out things about things stirring in the other world.
The book is a glorious ride and I enjoyed every single minute of it. I also really adored how stable the relationship between Orlu and Sunny is. Though unspoken, their mutual regard is solid and entirely without the drama of the other relationship in the book.
Too, the mythology and the magic are new and exciting. Okorafor’s prose is on point as usual. I just really loved this book. If you haven’t read the first one in the series, I really don’t know what you are waiting for.
Go read it. Seriously. Go.