Nnedi Okorafor recently revealed on Twitter, the new cover for the young adult novel Akata Warrior, the second book in the Akata Witch series. Illustrator, Greg Ruth, discusses the soft and hardcover designs for the Akata series on his blog Muddy Colors.
A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, a 12-year-old American born girl raised mostly in Nigeria, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society, began developing her magical powers, and, as if this weren’t enough, was chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu.
Now, stronger, feistier and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and unlocking the secrets of the living script in her strange Nsibidi book. Then a monster tries to drag her into a lake and this is only the beginning of her troubles. Eventually, Sunny must confront her destiny and with the support of her Leopard Society member friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face Anyanwu, journey to the mysteries town of Osisi to fight a climactic battle to save humanity.
Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, merges real images of Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior is a compelling tale that mixes culture, fantasy, history and magic into a unique blend that will keep readers spellbound
Akata Warrior will be released in Fall 2017 by Penguin Books.