By Nnedi Okorafor
The critically-acclaimed novel-now in paperback.
In a far-future, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, genocide plagues one area. while the one surviving member of a slain village is brutally raped, she manages to flee, wandering farther into the wasteland. She supplies beginning to a child lady with hair and epidermis the colour of sand, and instinctively understands her daughter is various. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, this means that "Who Fears Death?" in an historical African tongue.
Reared less than the tutelege of a mysterious and conventional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers she possesses a amazing and particular magic. the adventure to meet her future will strength her to confront nature, culture, background, the non secular mysteries of her tradition, and at last to benefit why she used to be given the weird identify she bears: Who Fears Death?
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To alter eco-friendly to sand. those lands used to seem much more just like the barren region. ” nonetheless, the nice booklet, in my view, was once frequently artful lies and riddles. I shivered and the area shivered round me. “You see that? ” Mwita requested. I nodded. “Any minute,” I acknowledged, probably not realizing what i used to be speaking approximately yet definite of it besides. “Let me advisor it. ” “What else am i able to do? ” Mwita acknowledged with a grin. “I do not know easy methods to advisor a imaginative and prescient, girl sorceress in education. ” “Just name me sorcerer,” I acknowledged. “There’s just one sort, individual. And we're consistently education. ” Then the area shivered back and that i grabbed on. “Hurry, take it Mwita. ” He checked out me harassed after which did what it seemed like i wished him to do. He took carry. “What . . . what's . . . ” “I don’t know,” I acknowledged. It was once as though the air underneath us solidified. rapid and powerful, it took us at an very unlikely pace to a vacation spot that merely it knew. We moved a ways yet we have been additionally nonetheless. We have been in locations without delay or perhaps in neither. As Aro consistently instructed me, you can’t have your entire questions responded. Who understands what Luyu, Binta, Fanasi, or Diti may have noticeable had they seemed our means. in response to the positioning of the solar, the imaginative and prescient moved as a rule west, occasionally meandering northwest after which southwest in a fashion that i will be able to merely describe as playful. under, the barren region flew by means of. by surprise, I felt a poor feel of foreboding. I’d as soon as had a dream like this. It had proven me my organic father. “We’re within the cities now,” Mwita acknowledged after it slow. He sounded calm yet he most likely wasn’t. We moved too speedy over the bordering cities and villages for me to determine a lot. yet there has been a odor of roasting meat and fireplace nonetheless in my nostrils. “It’s nonetheless happening,” I stated. Mwita nodded. We rounded southwest the place sandstone constructions have been outfitted shut jointly, occasionally 3 tales excessive. I didn’t see one Okeke individual. This was once Nuru territory. If there have been Okekes the following, they have been relied on slaves. The worthy ones. The roads have been flat and paved. Palm timber, timber, and different crops thrived right here. It used to be in contrast to Jwahir, the place you had plants and timber that, notwithstanding they lived, have been dry and grew upward rather than outward. there has been sand right here yet there have been additionally patches of a wierd darker-colored flooring. Then I observed why. I’d by no means noticeable a lot water. It used to be formed like a tremendous darkish blue snake. 1000's of individuals may perhaps swim in it and it wouldn’t topic. “That’s one of many Seven Rivers,” Mwita acknowledged. “Maybe the 3rd or fourth. ” We slowed as we moved over it. i may see white fish swimming close to the outside. I reached down and ran my hand within the water. It was once cool. I held my hand to my lips. It tasted nearly candy, like rainwater. This wasn’t seize station water forcibly pulled from the sky nor was once it water from underground. This imaginative and prescient used to be actually anything new. Mwita and that i have been either the following. shall we see one another. lets style and believe. As we approached the opposite aspect of the river, Mwita regarded fearful. “Onye,” he stated. “I’ve by no means . . . can humans see us? ” “I don’t understand.