Queen of Zazzau
J.S. Emuakpor, author
Amina is heir apparent to the throne of Zazzau and must prove herself worthy of the crown. As foreign invaders close in on them, she is the only thing standing between her people and their destruction. Caught in a web of prophecies and intrigue, she must defend Zazzau, but cannot do so if she wants to prevent the future that was foretold. She did not seek war; it found her. Unwilling to be the plaything of gods or men and determined to take control of her own destiny, she tracks down the god of war himself. But has her destiny already been written? Can she choose her own fate? And can she protect her kingdom, no matter what price she must ultimately pay? Because, gods always want something in return.
Emuakpor celebrates a 16th-century West African queen in a splendid historical fantasy rooted in love, family, and destiny. Amina, daughter and heir to Zazzau’s Queen Bakwa, lives under an oracle’s bloody prediction that she will be “the cause of war and untold death.” It’s a prophecy so dire that Amina’s future as queen is in doubt. Heeding an ancient river god’s warning, Amina rushes to save Zazzau from invaders and prove herself. When a rival king threatens Zazzau’s sovereignty, a vengeful Amina gives herself to Dafaru, the god of war, in exchange for victory. The personal costs are steep, but Bakwa, fearing the prophecy, deliberately left Amina untrained in the politics of war, and she knows no other way to defend her country. Amina suffers painful setbacks before learning to thrive in both a male-dominated world and a relationship with a temperamental god. Emuakpor craftily weaves fascinating characters, facts, and folklore together into a riveting adventure steeped in African culture. Amina is strong-willed, often naive, yet refreshingly intelligent. Readers will enjoy discovering whether Amina’s choices avert or seal her prophesied fate. (BookLife)