Monday, June 20, 2011

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny lives in Nigeria but was born in America. She is a great soccer player but can't play because she's albino and can't be in the sun for long periods of time. While staring into a candle one night Sunny has a vision of the end of the world and she learns soon afterwards that she is a Leopard person - someone who has some magical abilities. While most Leopard people come from families with magical powers, Sunny is a "free agent" so she has no background training in her abilities. With the help of three friends she begins to learn what powers she naturally possesses and what things she will be able to learn with time. Being a Leopard is not all fun however. An older, powerful magician is killing children in their community in order to summon a being even more evil than himself and Sunny and her friends are tasked with finding and stopping him. This fantasy is very different from anything else I've ever read which is saying something. I got a little confused at times with the different characters because there is a lot of dialogue but the world in which Sunny lives is unique and intriguing. A good read for people who like fantasy and magic but are getting a little weary of Harry Potter and Twilight knock offs.

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