Shadow Speaker By Nnedi Okorafor

Shadow Speaker

The Desert Magician's Duology: Book One

Part of series

ISBN: 9780756418762


Published by (2023-09-26)

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new, expanded edition of one of her earliest novels

This story of destiny, technology, and magic will be sure to enthrall readers and fans of N. K. Jemisin, Octavia Butler, and Tochi Onyebuchi

Driven by vengeance. Destined for peace.

Niger, West Africa, 2070: After fifteen-year old Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, her world shatters. In an era of mind-blowing technology and seductive magic, Ejii embarks on a mystical journey to track down her father's killer. With a newfound friend by her side, Ejii comes face to face with an earth turned inside out—and with her own magical powers. But Ejii soon discovers that her travels across the sands of the Sahara have a greater purpose. Her people need to be protected from a force seeking to annihilate them. And Ejii may be just the hero to do it.

Now in an updated edition with a new introduction from the author herself, The Shadow Speaker contains the powerful prose and compelling stories that have made Nnedi Okorafor a star of the literary science fiction and fantasy space and put her at the forefront of Africanfuturist fiction.

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 27 USD / 37 CAD
Published: 2023-09-26
ISBN: 9780756418762
Page Count: 336
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Shadow Speaker is wonderful, highly original stuff, episode after amazing episode, full of color, life and death…. Nnedi also deals head-on with the fact that power and pain are closely linked, as are magic and blood. I think this book is marvelous.” —Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle and the Chronicles of Chrestomanci

“There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the Earthsea series

Shadow Speaker is endlessly imaginative, full of mystery and delight on every page. Nnedi Okorafor is a voice that will delight readers of all ages and backgrounds.” —Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of Joplin’s Ghost

“As wildly inventive and suspenseful as her first novel, [Shadow Speaker] is at the same time more ambitious and thematically complex, and represents a major step forward for a storyteller who, in the tradition of Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson, is equally adept at combining that most contemporary of forms, science fiction, with the ancient beliefs and values of non-western cultures that have for too long been underrepresented in modern fantastic literature.” —Gary Wolfe, lead reviewer for Locus Magazine

Many will also embrace the novel’s complicated characters, especially its women, and the unusual appearance of African, Muslim traditions in a science fiction context. Fans of Nancy Farmer’s The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm will want to give this a try.” —Booklist

NAACP Image Award (nominee)
Parallax Award (winner)
The Essence Magazine Literary Award (finalist)
The Golden Duck Award (finalist)
A CCBC Choice for 2008
The Andre Norton Award (finalist)
A Tiptree Honor Book
An Amelia Bloomer Project Book