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Nnedi Okorafor and Greg Ruth

Nnedi Okorafor and Greg Ruth

Nnedi Okorafor releases not one but two new book covers, one of which is for the forthcoming sequel of Akata Witch.

She teams up yet again with Greg Ruth for the beautiful covers. Last year, Cross Cult translated a bunch of Nnedi Okorafor’s novels and enlisted Ruth to design of the covers. Ruth brought Okorafor’s beautifully imaginative world to life in a series of stunning images. [See here if you missed it.]

When Penguin decided to reissue a paper-back edition of Akata Witch and publish the sequel, they didn’t have to think too hard about who to hire to design the cover. Okorafor, who had worked closely with Ruth on a series of cover remakes, made it clear that she wanted Ruth to do the covers. Penguin was smart enough to say yes.

Here we are. Two stunning covers. As usual, Ruth does justice to the story. Sunny Nwazue, the albino girl with magical powers, is mesmerizing and all her fierceness duly registered.

Both books are set for a Fall 2017 release.

We love the covers. What do you guys think?

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Akata Warrior

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: Fall 2017.

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

 

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Akata Witch

Publisher: Penguin Books.

Publication Date: Fall 2017.

Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. She looks West African, but is so sensitive to the sun (due to her albinism) that she can’t play soccer during the day. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

Then she learns why.

Her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi reveal that they have magical abilities- and so does she. Sunny is a “free agents,” overflowing with latent power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Orlu and Chichi have been working with their teacher for years. Sunny needs a crash course in magical history, spells, juju, shape-shifting and dimensional travel. Her new world is a secret from her family, but it’s well worth all of the silence, exhaustion and sneaking around.

Still, there is a dark side. After she’s found her footing, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and their American friend Sasha are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a criminal. Not just a run-of-the-mill bad guy. A real-life hardcore serial killer-with abilities far stronger than theirs.

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