A gruesome war results in the old gods’ departure from earth. The only remnants of their existence lie in two girls. Twins, separated at birth. Goddesses who grow up believing that they are human. Daughters Of Nri explores their epic journey of self-discovery as they embark on a path back to one another.
Strong-willed Naala grows up seeking adventure in her quiet and small village. While the more reserved Sinai resides in the cold and political palace of Nri. Though miles apart, both girls share an indestructible bond: they share the same blood, the same face, and possess the same unspoken magic, thought to have vanished with the lost gods.
The twin girls were separated at birth, a price paid to ensure their survival from Eze Ochichiri, the man who rules the Kingdom of Nri. Both girls are tested in ways that awaken a mystical, formidable power deep within themselves. Eventually, their paths both lead back to the mighty Eze.
Daughters of NRI by Reni K Amayo
The Return of the Earth Mother #1
The story begins with Sinai hanging off a window ledge while her twin sister Naala, miles away is about to get married. A lot of research went into this book and I applaud that. It’s not easy to find information about precolonial Africa and African mythology. The dedication to telling an authentic African fantasy that Amayo had is commendable. The hair, the attire, the food, the world, the mythical creatures 💯 on point.
The world-building was amazing. Seeing the pre-colonial part of Nigeria re-imagined in such a well-thought-out manner was incredible. Reni K Amayo has created an epic fantasy that is a sight to behold or rather, to read. Everything about this book was heavenly.
The characters were good. The twins and main characters are not your typical Fantasy heroines; reserved Sinai is a reluctant hero, coerced into the path of discovery by a mysterious helper using an obara oath – an unbreakable vow. She is hesitant to become a hero and wants to be a wallflower. Naala is the more strong-willed of the two.
One of my favourite things was the way the POV shifted between the two sisters. Multiple POV isn’t my favourite to read but this one was written in a very clear manner that wasn’t disorientating.
The only thing I wasn’t 100% into was the pacing. The beginning and middle of the book were slow paced but the last chapter kind of sped up and left me feeling rushed. The ending ended up feeling too rushed.
Overall it’s an amazing Fantasy and I enjoyed reading it immensely. Have you read Daughters of Nri? What were your thoughts on it?