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Daughters Of Nri (The Return Of The Earth Mother): 1

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It is important for me, as an African lover of fantasy and sci-fi, to have books about African characters that aren't rooted in colonialism or slavery.

The descriptive talent of the author regularly made me want to look up images of Nigeria’s landscape as that is where the Kingdom of Nri is effectively situated on a map. Sure, there are some points that could use a little polish but the story is absolutely worth reading and I am counting down the months until the sequel is published.The only thing that frustrates me is that they didn’t meet until the end of the book, I was dying for them to meet already.

She was probably the most adventurous out of the two girls but I’m sure that’s because she had more freedom compared to Sinai in some aspects.The nature and people are described colorful, I loved Amayo's writing it made everything spring to life. Her pronunciation of the words and the names were so good, and the Nigerian accent she did was also very amazing. The god system hasn't been heavily developed in this first book, but it's interesting and unique so far- I always love mythology in fantasy. Imagining myself walking through the forest along with Naala and her friends was an adventure in and of itself.

While some things moved along fast and some events happened at a fast pace, there were still some points where the story seemed to drag and it seemed like the sisters would never meet. I finally got around to reading this story even though it's been sitting on my Kindle since the release date back in October. Combining lush prose with a fast-paced plot, this is one read that everyone - but especially black teens - will struggle to put down.Being Igbo, this book was profound; seeing our culture written so beautifully in text in the genre of fantasy meant everything to me for black representation in books. Our protagonists, twin sisters separated very early in their lives - Naala and Sinai - are two very powerful and loveable heroines. We support each other immensely in this world but that doesn’t come easily, it is a journey to get there.

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