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Daughters Of Nri (The Return Of The Earth Mother): 1

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She doesn't shy away from describing the colours and tones of the skin, nor the way that hair textures and practices differ, and I loved to see this representation as a strong stable of the whole book. Other thing that bothered me, was the end with the Villain Monologue and the combat scene that wasn't satisfying. They had no idea that the other existed but they could feel the innate magic inside them that binds them together.

I finally got around to reading this story even though it's been sitting on my Kindle since the release date back in October. The way she handled that entire situation left me speechless because I know for a fact, I would have been so mad. The story has spark, but for me it failed to ignite and ended up losing the initial curiosity I had going on.The actress, Weruche Opia who narrators the audiobook has a great voice which makes for a smooth listening experience. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about this book, like I genuinely can’t think of a criticism or a fault. They don't know about their heritage, but they live in vastly different places when the story starts and they have to gradually unlock their powers and find their way back to one another. I don't know what is going to happen after that ending since it seemed to finish so smoothly, I am slightly intrigued but also confused on what could end up taking place in book 2. The themes of the complexity of black female relationships, how weak men and patriarchy pervade and try to suppress our desires, dreams, ambition, black girl magic, beauty and our need for justice are prevalent.

There really was a lot of telling rather than showing, which is a shame considering this is beautifully written. More often than not, her impulsivity was good and actually helped the rest of the characters out of bad situations. So if you’re looking for a book filled with adventure, mystery and magic, Daughters of Nri is an incredible debut that will leave you on the edge of your seat in places. The pacing also didn’t entirely work for me, and I personally wished for the main characters to have a little bit more agency over the plot. Their journeys to accepting their powers and recognising what that may mean was reminiscent of many us young people trying to understand our strengths.There does seem to be a budding romance between Naala and another character, though there are many other types of relationships present — familial (not necessarily via blood), friendship, even frenemies. But the only similarities is that the lead characters are black girls, they have magic, and the king is out to get them. The dynamic between Sinai and Meekulu was so palpable and I really enioyed the blossoming love Naala finds in the forest after the village massacre. She was probably the most adventurous out of the two girls but I’m sure that’s because she had more freedom compared to Sinai in some aspects.

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