“This pan-African story, rife with betrayal and narrated through poetic language that evokes vivid imagery, will ensnare readers, keeping them engaged with its energetic pace. The beautiful blend of mythology, romance, and action ends with a hint at more to come… A dazzling debut.” KIRKUS
“This fantasy story from a debut author has it all — redemption, alliances, questionable decisions, mythical beings, misunderstood and complicated history, and fascinating magical creatures adapted from a variety of African folklore. The plot unspools steadily, with quiet moments and mind-blowing revelations balanced throughout.” YALSA
“The protagonists achieve a rich emotional depth complemented by the fast-paced action, and a light romantic element lends the plot additional support.” Publishers Weekly
Magic doesn’t exist in the broken city of Lkossa anymore, especially for girls like sixteen-year-old Koffi. Indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, she cares for its fearsome mythical creatures to pay off her family’s debts. But when they are threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand.
As the son of a decorated hero, Ekon destined to become an elite warrior. Until a fire at the Night Zoo upends his future and, on the brink of his final rite of passage, Ekon is cast out – his reputation left in tatters. For Koffi and Ekon, the outlook is bleak – unless they can capture the Shetani, the vicious monster that plagues their city. As Koffi and Ekon enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild magic and danger, the tentative alliance between them is tested to the extreme. The hunt begins – but are they the hunters or the hunted?
An extraordinary adventure inspired by Pan-African mythology, from exciting debut author Ayana Gray.
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