Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher: Viking Books
A Nigerian teen is pushed to otherworldly limits in search of a mystical object. Three years after discovering her power as a Leopard, Sunny Nwazue, now 15, must embark on yet another dangerous journey. Tasked with retrieving what the Nimm women (her and Chichi's ancestors) stole from Udide, the Great Spider Artist, Sunny and her coven--even-tempered Orlu, brash Sasha, and clever Chichi--have no choice other than to comply or risk their pasts and futures. As events are set in motion to track down Udide's scroll, Sunny must also learn how to be one with Anyanwu, her spirit face, now that she is doubled, a rare occurrence among Leopard People. However, Anyanwu seems to disappear just when Sunny needs her most, and Sunny begins to resent something that is part of her. Over the course of the seven-day time limit Udide sets, Sunny must explore treacherous parts of the spirit world's wilderness, a parallel Earth teeming with lush plant life and remarkable technology, and new parts of herself. Through the steadily paced, omniscient narration, Okorafor draws readers into Sunny's compelling world--both real and imagined--making the setting as much of a character as the rest of the cast. As in the previous entries, themes of balance and accountability are woven throughout as Sunny is tested. All characters are Black. An engrossing addition to a thoughtful coming-of-age series. (Fantasy. 12-16) COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.