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African myth and magic beat in the dark heart of this fable about witchcraft, superstition, the bonds we choose and those we cannot.
Born into a family of West African witches, Sheba's terrified of her mother who can turn into a crow. But like mother, like daughter – magic runs through her blood and Sheba discovers powers of her own.
Her touch can unravel people's innermost thoughts; their hopes, their fears – their secrets. Sheba too can shape-shift. Through the communion of ancient magic, blood and friendship, she slowly uncovers the murderous truth about her stolen childhood and steels herself for the future. She must protect the hunted from the hunter – her mother.
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Exquisitely written, this powerful book takes you into the incredible world of West African myth, magic, and witchcraft. A gripping story that unfolds layer by layer along with its characters. (Can't believe this is the first Yaba Badoe book I have read - I will definitely be exploring the others!)
Thank you to Netgalley and Zephyr Books for my advanced copy of Lionheart Girl by Yaba Badoe. Lionheart Girl is the first book by Badoe's that I have read and what a read it was. With incredible world building that sends the author into West Africa and the heat of the jungles and the air that leaves dust across your skin as you meet Sheba who along with her Aunts, Grandmother and Baby Grandmother (her Great Aunt) are descendents of witches. We follow the journey of Sheba as she learns about who she is, who her family are and what is expected of her and it's a journey that you can tell effects her and helps her characters grow. Sheba spends the majority of her life without the absence of her mother who travels throughout the country selling wares and you can practically feel how suppressed she becomes during the few days her matriarch returns in comparison to her life around her Aunts whose presence jumps from the page due to Yaba Badoe's incredible writing and descriptions. There are so many questions about Sheba's family, that make this already intriguing tale all the more interesting and keep you hooked needing to know more. I cannot help but feel that anyone who reads this story will want to know just what is going on with the heirs to a magical legacy. With wonderful characters who add so much to Lionheart Girl, and a world that comes to life on every page, this is a book that I can well imagine lovers of 'Children of Blood and Bone' will enjoy.