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Book 1 of THE DESERT MAGICIAN'S DUOLOGY
Deluxe, expanded edition of Nnedi’s out-of-print early novel, with a brand-new introduction from the author.
Niger, West Africa, 2074
It is an era of tainted technology and mysterious mysticism. A great change has happened all over the planet, and the laws of physics aren’t what they used to be.
Within all this, I introduce you to Ejii Ugabe, a child of the worst type of politician. Back when she was nine years old, she was there as her father met his end. Don’t waste your tears on him: this girl’s father would throw anyone under a bus to gain power. He was a cruel, cruel man, but even so, Ejii did not rejoice at his departure from the world. Children are still learning that some people don’t deserve their love.
Now 15 years old and manifesting the abilities given to her by the strange Earth, Ejii decides to go after the killer of her father. Is it for revenge or something else? You will have to find out by reading this book.
I am the Desert Magician, and this is a novel I have conjured for you, so I’m certainly not going to just tell you here.
Nnedi Okorafor says this about The Shadow Speaker:
“Spontaneous forests, polygamy, strange insects, Nigerian 419 scammers, really really fast cars, a different kind of Sahara Desert, male beauty contests, the apocalypse, life, death, sword fights, fat chiefs, assassins, this novel is full of life.”
Awards for The Shadow Speaker
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