The Shadow Speaker

English language

Published Oct. 2, 2007 by Disney Pr.


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3 stars (1 review)

In West Africa in 2070, after fifteen-year-old "shadow speaker" Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, she embarks on a dangerous journey across the Sahara to find Jaa, her father's killer, and upon finding her, she also discovers a greater purpose to her life and to the mystical powers she possesses.

2 editions

Felt rushed, especially for Okorafor's work.

3 stars

I love Nnedi Okorafor's books, especially those that include great coming of age stories. It's so much fun watching a character evolve and grow up, showing that growing up comes with difficult choices to make and situations to get through. I love how vivid her worlds are, including aspects of different cultures (particularly those of West Africa) that make everything so naturally diverse. It's beautiful. in so many ways.