Rating: 5/5 stars
Category: YA, fantasy, adventure, romance
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A gruesome war results in the old gods’ departure from earth. The only remnants of their existence lie in two girls. Twins, separated at birth. Goddesses who grow up believing that they are human. Daughters Of Nri explores their epic journey of self-discovery as they embark on a path back to one another.
Strong-willed Naala grows up seeking adventure in her quiet and small village. While the more reserved Sinai resides in the cold and political palace of Nri. 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 twin girls were separated at birth, a price paid to ensure their survival from Eze Ochichiri, the man who rules the Kingdom of Nri. Both girls are tested in ways that awaken a mystical, formidable power deep within themselves. Eventually, their paths both lead back to the mighty Eze.
But can they defeat the man who brought the gods themselves to their knees?
Naala and her twin Sinai were separated at birth and grew up in different parts of the Kingdom. They each go through events that devastate and rebuild them for the greater purpose for which they were meant Naala grew up in a quiet village surrounded by a loving family but on her wedding day, the Eze’s army comes to kill everyone in the village except Naala, who had been locked away because she tried to warn the village members of the impending doom with no evidence to back her. Naala is the only survivor of the village massacre. Meanwhile, Sinai grew up in the Palace of Nri, which is the center of politics, a cold, hard and brutal place. She has survived by keeping to herself but she is seen as a threat by a peer who is determined to get rid of her. She goes as far as pushing Sinai out of a building, resulting in a fall that should have killed Sinai but doesn’t.
Rumors are spreading across the Kingdom that the Eze – the ruler, who saved humanity from the war of the gods – has been decimating villages across the Kingdom for no reason. Naala’s village falls victim to this massacre and she is the only survivor. She is rescued by a band of villagers, who are also lone survivors of similar attacks on their villages. The majority of them wish to hide in the forest, constantly moving and surviving, while a niche few are eager for revenge. Naala falls into the group seeking the latter because she is not content to do nothing; she wants to stop the killings across the Kingdom. Meanwhile, as an orphan in the Palace, Sinai is by name a noblewoman but she gets none of the respect that position should have. She lives her days avoiding social interactions in the Palace but when she catches the eyes of a young prominent Obi Ife, she cannot hide from the attention of the most socially powerful young girl who has set her cap on Obi Ife.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. The first thing that struck me is the names that are Nigerian-inspired, specifically from the Igbo tribe, although the characters are from various other countries n Africa as well. The Igbo language mixed into the conversations of the characters was just heart-warming and felt like a homecoming, to have a fantasy mainstream story inspired by my culture was just magnificent and I can’t say enough what it meant to be so represented like that. I loved how most of the story, the girls were separated and we see their journeys isolated but connected at different important points to create a holistic story. The story is told from 2 POVs alternatively, Naala’s and Sinai’s.
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