The Shadow Speaker (Paperback)

By Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Jump At The Sun, 9781423100362, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2009



Niger, West Africa, 2070: After a nuclear fallout in the early twenty-first century, the earth's civilization has been completely transformed. Magic, mysticism, and mind-blowing technology now rule the world. In West Africa, fourteen-year old Ejii struggles to master her own magical powers. When her world is completely upended after she witnesses her father's death, Ejii faces a unique opportunity to explore her power and realize her destiny. But is she ready for the responsibility that comes along with that? Embarking on a journey across the Sahara, Ejii befriends new allies and battles dangerous foes. It soon becomes clear that her people need to be protected from a terrible force seeking to annihilate them. And Ejii may just be their last hope for survival. Fast-paced and full of tender friendships and thrilling action, this futuristic adventure heralds a bright new talent in young adult science fiction.

About the Author

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu is also the author of Zahrah the Windseeker, as well as several award-winning short stories. She earned her PhD in English at the University of Illinois, and currently lives in Chicago, where she is a professor.