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Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior

by Nnedi Okorafor

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Series: Akata Witch (2)

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This is the second book in a series following Sunny Nwazue. In the previous book, Akata Witch, she learned that she is a Leopard Person with magical abilities and was initiated into Leopard culture. In this book, she is learning with her very strict mentor Sugar Cream, who also happened to write the Nsibidi book that Sunny’s been trying to read. After her brother gets in trouble, Sunny uses her abilities to help him, which lands her in serious trouble with the Library Council, the governing body of Leopard People in Nigeria.
I remain frustrated with the harsh adults in this book, just as with the last one, but Sunny herself is a delightful character. I like the slow burn relationship she has with Orlu. I love how Nsibidi is a language that is both read and experienced and that the experience and words can change based on who is reading them and what they need to know at the given time that they are reading. It’s very complicated, but in an intriguing way. If you enjoy stories about learning of secret magical abilities, then you will enjoy this book.
  Jessiqa | May 7, 2019 |
Worldcon 76 Award for Best Young Adult Book Nominee
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
fiction, fantasy, mythology, African mythology ( )
  bostonian71 | Sep 4, 2018 |
I found Akata Warrior more enjoyable and better put together than Akata Witch. Whereas Akata Witch felt like a series of incidents loosely strung together with a climax tacked on, Akata Warrior had drive and focus: incidents led to each other in a pretty clear and straightforward way. Sunny needs to help her brother, which leads to a punishment, which leads to a vision, and so on. I also think her character had a more clear throughline as well, in terms of (much like in the Binti books) finding her place in a society she doesn't quite fit into thanks to both time spent away from it and physical uniqueness and special abilities.

There's a lot of nice moments and good character touches here. I liked the expanded focus on Sunny's relationships with her family (who felt very one-dimensional in Akata Witch), especially her brother, who runs afoul of confraternity at university and ends up being partially initiated into the world of the magical Leopard People as a result. I also enjoyed the flying giant rat, the strange language of the book Sunny attempts to read, the tangled relationships among the kids, and more. After the first book, I was skeptical about the second, but I would definitely read a third.
  Stevil2001 | Jul 27, 2018 |

A rollicking tale of 13-year-old Sunny, who is an albino Nigerian and also part of the magical Leopard Society, and must confront human and inhuman enemies to save her society. I particularly loved the immersion in Nigerian contemporary detail, adapting a lot of Young Wizard tropes to a non-Western society with great efficiency. It's still not really my sub-genre, and it loses a point or two for being second in a series where I haven't read the first, but in general thumbs up. I bounced pretty thoroughly off both the Binti novellas, but really liked Lagoon which was also firmly set in Nigeria with a difference. ( )
  nwhyte | May 21, 2018 |
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Dedicated to the stories that constantly breathe on my neck. I see you.
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Now stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny Nwazue, along with her friends from the the Leopard Society, travel through worlds, both visible and invisible, to the mysterious town of Osisi, where they fight in a climactic battle to save humanity.

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