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

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The way of writing is beautiful, although sometimes repetitive, but the characters don't exactly show their feelings, instead we are constantly told how they feel. She felt a little harder for me to connect to and I did find her plot to be a bit slower and lower stakes at first. Daughters Of Nri explores their epic journey of self-discovery as they embark on a path back to one another.

Overall, Daughters of Nri is a novel inspired by medieval Nigeria that is all parts dramatic and wondrous.Descendants of the First is the thundering sequel to Reni Amayo’s epic YA fantasy, Daughters of Nri. I couldn’t put the book down when I started to read it and then I also bought it in audible and was totally emerged in the book. As for characters, I particularly really loved Sinai and her plotline; I wished Naala had a little bit more development as I felt I didn’t know her as deeply as I knew Sinai.

Though miles apart, both girls share an indestructible bond: they share the same blood, the same face, and possess the same unspoken magic, thought to have vanished with the lost gods. The Eze has "black skin" that blends with the darkness of a cave, Sinai has "dark brown legs", Eni has "pecan skin", one of the goddesses is "carob-coloured". The dual narrative/perspectives really worked well here and we got enough time with each character to fall in love with them both as individuals. 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. We constantly get told that the Eze is such a terrible human being, but we never actually see him doing anything villainous?More often than not, her impulsivity was good and actually helped the rest of the characters out of bad situations. It took a long time to get to the point of why the twins are special, and by the time their actual twin action happened, it was a rushed conclusion that's only a little satisfying.

We are able to exist in a world of fantasy untouched by slavery and colonialism and dream of the magic that we could have wielded in an alternate reality. There were a lot of times I just felt the writing didn't quite flow, and it was hard for me to become immersed in the story. Although I wasn't absolutely thrilled with this book, it's absolutely worth a read, and I have every intention of continuing with this series.I did have some qualms about minor writing things, but this prose has a lot of beauty in it, especially when describing the women of this novel and the magic/world. She doesn't shy away from fighting for herself and others and she's always trying to be helpful to others around her. In the end, a solid 3*s for me, a very likeable ready and some very good points, but in terms of the story it's a little predictable and the pacing felt a bit slow overall to me.

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