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Akata Warrior

(Akata Witch #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  9,345 ratings  ·  1,099 reviews
A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been 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 Su ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's awesome. And I know this because I'VE actually read it. :-)
August 28, 2015
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A year has passed since Sunny first discovered she was part of a magical society known as the Leopard People.

Along with her best friends, Orlu, Sasha and Chichi, they formed the youngest Oha Coven ever, fighting an evil entity wrecking havoc on their community.

Now a little older, and a bit more experienced, each of the four kids have been selected by a powerful Leopard mentor to oversee their studies and continue strengthening their powers.

Sunny's mentor, Sugar Cream, is a wise older woman, who
Laurie Anderson
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AKATA WARRIOR is the most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novel I have ever read. It will blow your mind and leave you hungry for more!

I was lucky enough to get an advance- copy - I think it will be published in October. Put it on your To-Read list now!

Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books more than......almost everything else. Before I read Akata Witch back when it first came out, it had been a while since I really felt like I was reading a "Forever Book". This is an awesome sequel and if you want to get that first book love feeling again: READ THESE. Sunny and Chichi and Sasha and ORLU. *clutches chest* One of my favorite casts. ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019-read
3 stars for the story; 4 stars for the writing and the wonderful creativity - 3.5 stars overall

This is another difficult book to rate. For me, while this sequel to Akata Witch is every bit as creative and experiential as its predecessor, the actual story of Akata Warrior didn't resonate with me quite the same.

There were parts I absolutely loved, like the confrontation with the boys at the university and Sunny's subsequent time being punished in the library basement. At the same time, much of the
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
This series really shows what excellence in fantasy for young readers looks like. There's no dumbing down or hand holding: this is a brutally dark world that our young protagonists are navigating. The writing and imagination here are stellar. I did struggle a bit with pacing (which I also found in the first one), but other than that, this is really satisfying. I'm hoping we eventually get more books in this series, but considering the gap between the first two, I imagine we may be waiting for a ...more
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A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been 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 struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi boo
Lisa Wolf
3.5 stars.

As soon as I finished the audiobook of Akata Witch, I knew I had to listen to the sequel too. And after a lot of starting, stopping, and continuous interruptions, I finally made it through to the end!

Akata Warrior is a longer book and audiobook than Akata Witch. Akata Witch introduces us to the characters and world of the story, and does a lot of heavy lifting in terms of setting up the story and providing an exciting and dangerous quest for the main characters as they grow into their
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
It's good to be back, Akata Warrior is a stellar follow up. Everything is a grand improvement (yes, that's even possible). I love everything about it: the mythology, and world building. Of course, the characters ARE MY CHILDREN. They give the story a vibrant ambiance that makes this series an enjoyable ride.

The best part of reading Akata Witch is the nostalgic vibe. I feel homesick in a good way, it's like coming back after being lost elsewhere.

I would've given it 5 stars if only the last 100
The Captain
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! This book is the second of the Akata Witch duology. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the akata witch then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

This story continues the adventures of Sunny, a girl born in the U.S. but who currently lives with her family in Nigeria. A year has passed. Sunny is still dealing with the revelation that she has the magical powers of the Leopard People and with the effort of keeping that secret from her fami
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much. I'm already sad I have to wait so long for the next one! ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Where have all the editors gone?

Sadly, this book was flashes, and drags. Flashes, and draaaaags. And then a dragging, dragging flash to finish it off.

It took me three tries to get through the climax. (view spoiler)

I still like the world, though I felt it was much more obscured this time by chronicling Sunny's every thought, feeling, and eye blink. And sometimes reiterating them. The books, the spirits, the juju... none of it is delved into. It's a
I have been eagerly anticipating this release ever since first reading Akata Witch, which sent me down the Okorafor rabbit hole, reading everything she's published. And I reread AW before diving into this one as it had been 6 years since I first started on that journey. This, though, didn't quite hit the same high notes the first book did for me. There was *a lot* of recap throughout the book, which may have been ok if I hadn't just reread it, but as such it really slowed down the book for me. I ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-net-galley
I was fortunate to receive an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

4.5 Stars

It's no secret that Nnedi Okorafor has become one of my favorite authors over the past couple of years. The richly envisioned world that she has built in stories like Binti and Akata Witch leave me enthralled in a way few authors of fantasy can and have done. I was so excited to receive an ARC of Akata Warrior. I read Akata Witch after I discovered Binti and was sad that there had been no follow-up, since Akata Witch was wri
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
A warrior's journey continues...

5/5 Review to come
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
After finding myself disappointed with the lack of character and plot development in Akata Witch, along with the rushed ending, I read the sequel in hopes I would enjoy it more. I didn't. I hate leaving negative reviews, but I do not understand how so much went unnoticed in the editing process. The plot is all over the place and the world the author is creating is poorly explained. Some of the scenes are really poorly written, for example paragraphs like "Orlu looked at Sasha, Chichi looked at O ...more
B Sarv
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice Walker writes, “What is always needed in the appreciation of art, or life, is the larger perspective. Connections made, or at least attempted, where none existed before, the straining to encompass in one’s glance at the varied world the common thread, the unifying theme through the immense diversity, a fearlessness of growth, of search. Of looking, that enlarges the private and the public world.” Later, in the same essay, Prof. Walker says, “To take Toni Morrison’s statement further, if th ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Book #1, Sunny Nwazue was inducted into the secret Leopard Society, Nigerians with magical powers. Along with her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and her spirit face, Anyanwu, Sunny will lead a dangerous mission to stop an apocalypse by a terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Along the way, Sunny finds her own path, breaking rules, having to support her older brother, who gets involved with a very bad crowd at college as well as deal with her own fears of demons.

The beauty of thi
I don't know if I didn't like this one because it wasn't as formative for me in YA literature or if I just am more objective now. Either way, I liked it a lot, but I definitely was a lot more confused and wasn't as fully immersed in this one than I was in Akata Witch.

Akata Warrior continues as Sunny learns more about her unique abilities and about Leopard culture. But the more she learns about her world and her spirit face, the more danger she is in and the more she feels isolated. This time sh
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Also reminded me that grasscutters are a thing and I love them.
Sara-Jayne Poletti
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Akata Warrior is part two of a series full of magic and Nigerian mythology and all kinds of fun adventures. I’m kind of obsessed with it. These books just suck you into their unique world, take you on about a million adventures, and then spit you out on the other side. Nnedi Okorafor creates such vivid, original fantasy worlds and wonderful characters. Reading her stories makes me feel like I’m a kid again, hiding under my blankets at night with a flashlight, desperate to read just another chapt ...more
Well that was a bit of a disappointing follow up. The world wasn't built upon as much as I would have liked, and there wasn't really a driving tension to the plot (because apparently no one was worried about Ekwensu except Sunny). The story never felt grounded in the way Akata Witch. I also didn't like where the author went with Chichi's character. One, she feels way too young to be stringing along two guys (one of whom is around 18/19 when she's 14/15). And two, I just didn't care for that to b ...more
Tony Nabors
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun story, painfully bad prose

This is a fun story. I really enjoy the cultural elements that go into the magic and fantasy in this world. However, the prose itself is pretty bad. Sometimes distractingly so. During a particularly serious part near the climax something was described as resembling "a thousand farts" or something like that, to give a particularly egregious example. Some of the metaphors and similes were painful too and there were times where I was annoyed by the stereotyping of Afr
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the concepts, the setting, and the characters. This West African world of magic is enchanting, take or leave the pun. I loved the deepening relationships in this one, especially between Sunny and Orlu and Sunny and her brothers. For flaws, the flow of the story is stilted in some places and I wish that music and memory were described a little differently, but over all it's really good. ...more
Megan Baxter
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's having a whole bunch of extra things to do when you're getting near teenage-dom, and then there's having a whole double life, which mostly takes place at night and leaves you constantly exhausted because you no sooner see the sky get dark than you have have head out to learn more about who you are and what you can do.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you ca
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This really built on a fascinating Leopard People world established in book one, and I really enjoyed it! That being said, if someone hadn't warned me in advance about the big, unnecessary love triangle added to the book, it probably wouldn't have knocked my enjoyment of the book down to three.

McLean Brown
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the third book in the series. One of the greatest fantasy series I've ever read. ...more
Noelia Alonso
RATING: 3.5 STARS (7/10)

Love the magic and world Okorafor has created. But I still have the feeling that, apart from Sunny, I don't really know the rest of the characters which is a shame because they are super interesting.
Thistle & Verse
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Great book, very engaging and made me zip through it. A character from the previous book returns, and Sunny has to do a lot of internal growth. My favorite parts of the book were probably Udide and Sunny's encounter with the djinn in the basement. The imagery is great, as I expect from Okorafor. There's a love triangle, which isn't a trope I'm a fan of, but it's not an overwhelming part of the story, and this is one of the better takes I've seen. The competing lovers have some nice moments of co ...more
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
The audio version is fabulous! I think it's the same narrator as Akata Witch - she does such an excellent job. Definitely recommend listening to it. This one wasn't as enjoyable for me plot-wise as the first book. It felt like there wasn't as much of an overall plot, and it focused on a lot of side plots in a meandering sort of way. That being said, I still like Sunny and her friends! There were some cool moments as well (like the scene in the basement). ...more
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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism). Okorafor has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and a Locus Award, and her many fans include Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Ursula Le Guin. She is writing a series for Marvel about Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and has a number of book-based project ...more

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