"Raybearer is one of the best stand-alone fantasy books I've read in years. It has a vast and diverse (but not overwhelming) world, a cast of powerful and complex characters, and a plot that swept me along. The details of the magic, the resonance of the relationships, and the depth of the worldbuilding engrossed me and I can't recommend this book enough!"— Linda, Wild Rumpus
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“In Raybearer, Tarisai’s longing for family and connection make her empathetic and relatable, while her strength and fortitude in standing up to corrupt power make her admirable. I loved diving into this fully realized fantasy world and rooting for Tarisai’s success every step of the way. The story also touches on colonialism and the value of culture — very timely and important subjects — and includes an ace supporting character. A great read for fans of fantasy, stories with strong female leads, and anyone looking for a good book!”
— Stephanie Seales, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
About the Author
— Patrice Caldwell, editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn
— Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
— Entertainment Weekly
— Shannon Hale, New York Times bestselling author
— Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
— Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish and Last of Her Name
— Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic
— Buzzfeed News
— Ms. Magazine
— Book Riot
— Electric Literature
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
— Napa Valley Register
— The Providence Journal
"A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world."
— Kirkus Reviews
"By crafting a world plagued by imperialism, poverty, and institutionalized misogyny, and a mythology that literalizes the power of love, purpose, and sacrifice, Ifueko illustrates the need for social change and inspires readers to fight for it."
— Publishers Weekly
"Ifueko’s debut is full of lush world building and detailed, Nigerian-inspired mythology, giving life to a myth of epic proportions and a tale that is bound to stick with readers long after they finish it."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Ifueko’s mesmerizing debut stuns as it weaves a tale of loyalty, fate, destiny, family, and revenge. Moreover, it places a dark skinned heroine front and center, who is beautiful and powerful, deadly and compassionate, and vulnerable and tough, giving YA literature more of the diverse representation teens need."
— School Library Journal