“The Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna
Bold and immersive, this New York Times bestselling book, is the first instalment of a feminist fantasy series inspired by the culture and folklore of West Africa.
The debut novel from playwright Namina Forna, The Gilded Ones sees sixteen-year-old Deka living in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death.
She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…
Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, US-based author Namina brings much of the vibrancy, culture and heritage of her homeland to The Gilded Ones, along with a strong feminine lead which is a joy to discover. Ideal for older readers, the second book in the series, The Merciless Ones has already been
published, ensuring the world of Deka can be explored to the fullest.
“Zombie Diaries: Face The Moosic!” by Guy Edmonds, Matt Zeremes & Jake A Minton
In the second book in the hilarious zombie-comedy series, author duo Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes take readers on a butt-kicking adventure full of cows, explosions, trains, robots, snacks, drool, yaks, solar energy and spaghetti.
The book follows Jimmy and his friends who are ‘still living in a totally weird ZOMBIE-COW APOCALYPSE! And everyone is STILL mooing and drooling all over the place.’
Turns out that finding a cure to turn all of the adults back into humans isn’t as easy peasy lemon squeezy as we thought. My best buds, Daisy and Hooey, and I aren’t giving up hope
An easy read which is as much fun as the first Zombie Diaries instalment, Face the Moosic is perfect for fans of The Bad Guys, The Last Kids on Earth and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.