Remember the fantastic Akata Witch (What Sunny Saw in the Flames) by Nnedi Okoroafor? Well, a sequel is coming soon! Here is a press release from Cassava Republic and a first look at the gorgeous cover.
Cassava Republic Press is proud to reveal the cover for the African and European edition of Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by award-winning fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor, the spellbinding sequel to What Sunny Saw in the Flames, published as the Akata Witch series in the USA.
The second instalment of the YA fantasy series takes us one year into the future, as 13-year-old Sunny Nwazue continues her juju training in Leopard Knocks, a city in Nigeria inhabited by magic wielders. With the help of her friends and her mentor, Sugar Cream, Sunny must harness her newly discovered powers to defeat Ekwensu, a terrifying lake monster who is determined to usher in the apocalypse. If that wasn’t complicated enough, Sunny must do all of this without revealing her true identity to her family.
Designed by Anna Morrison, this arresting cover is a rich blue, flecked with gold, that hints at the magic within the book’s pages. The sophisticated design and mix of colours will appeal not only to a YA audience, but to adults as well. At the centre of the cover is a beautiful image of Sunny in profile, illustrated by Greg Ruth, which showcases Sunny’s hidden strength. Layered over the image are Nsibidi symbols and a mysterious red spider, whose significance will become clear as the book unfolds.
As well as being a fantasy novel, Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi is also infused with Okorafor’s astute critiques of contemporary society, as she draws attention to issues like police brutality and misogyny within the family unit. However, in true Afrofuturist tradition, Sunny is a creative re-imagining of the African past where book knowledge is centre stage and rewarded, where an albinism is sacred and gendered capabilities are dissolved. Weaving together culture, history, magic, and adventure, Okorafor has created a rich and mystifying West Africa that is at once ancient and modern.
About the author
Nnedi Okorafor is a multi-award-winning novelist of African-based sci-fi, fantasy and magical realism. Born in the USA to Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Nnedi also writes for Marvel comics and her novel Who Fears Death is being developed as a TV series for HBO with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer.
ABOUT CASSAVA REPUBLIC PRESS:
Cassava Republic Press was established 11 years ago in Abuja, Nigeria. We publish quality literature across a number of genres: literary fiction, crime, non-fiction, children’s and romance by writers of African descent. Last year, we opened an office in the UK and in 2017 extended our reach to the US. Our mission is to change the way we all think about African writing. We think that contemporary African prose should be rooted in African experience in all its diversity, and the time has come to build a new body of African writing that links writers across different times and spaces.