spot_img

World Fantasy Award Goes To:

L. McMaken
11-9-11
Cincinnati, OH

 

The World Fantasy Convention has just released its list of 2011 World Fantasy Award Winners. This year’s winner for best novel is Nnedi Okorafor for “Who Fears Death“.  Hailed as a remarkably “different” kind of fantasy, it has won numerous other awards.

“In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways, yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. After years of enslaving the Okeke people, the Nuru tribe has decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke tribe for good. An Okeke woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her child Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient tongue.

From a young age, stubborn, willful Onyesonwu is trouble. It doesn’t take long for her to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her violent conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by both tribes.

But Onye is not the average Ewu. As a child, Onye’s singing attracts owls. By the age of eleven, she can change into a vulture. But these amazing abilities are merely the first glimmers of a remarkable unique magic. As Onye grows, so do her abilities—soon she can manipulate matter and flesh, or travel beyond into the spiritual world. During an inadvertent visit to this other realm she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her.

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer, and to understand her own nature, she seeks help from the magic practitioners of her village. But, even among her mother’s people, she meets with frustrating prejudice because she is Ewu and female. Yet Onyesonwu persists.

Eventually her magical destiny and her rebellious nature will force her to leave home on a quest that will be perilous in ways that Onyesonwu can not possibly imagine. For this journey will cause her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately to learn why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death?”

Winners in other categories include Joyce Carol Oates, and Elizabeth Hand. For a complete list of winners visit the World Fantasy website.

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,023FansLike
3,112FollowersFollow
10,500SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertismentspot_img

Don't Miss

PODCAST::: Family, food, and finding love with Author Meredith Ireland on Book Lights

0
Family, food, and finding love with Author Meredith Ireland on Book Lights Meredith Ireland is a Korean-American attorney and writer, born in Seoul. She is...

FIRST LOOK: REGARDING THE MATTER OF OSWALD’S BODY #1

0
REGARDING THE MATTER OF OSWALD’S BODY #1 Discover the Greatest Conspiracy in American History from ‘Iron Man’ Writer Christopher Cantwell in November 2021 BOOM! Studios...

Coming up::: Local Comic Shop Day® is on Wednesday, November 24th.

0
For the second year in a row, Local Comic Shop Day® will land on a Wednesday. According to Marco Davanzo, Executive Director of ComicsPRO...

Fall Inspired Cozy Mysteries!!

0
Here Comes the Fudge -- A Candy-Coated Mystery #9 by Nancy Coco Fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy never expected her maid of honor duties to include clearing...

SNEAK PEEK: CATALYST BY NICOLE FANNING

0
CATALYST BY NICOLE FANNING When Natalie Tyler arrives in Chicago to attend her cousin's wedding, she is just hoping to survive the week with...

PODCAST::: Cloning and Murder with Author Matthew FitzSimmons on Book Lights

0
Cloning and Murder with Author Matthew FitzSimmons on Book Lights LISTEN HERE!! Matthew FitzSimmons is the author of the bestselling Gibson Vaughn series, which includes The...

New Cozy “Mystery-licious” Reads

0
Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off - A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery #2 by Darci Hannah Tucked away inside an old lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, Michigan, bakeshop café owner Lindsey Bakewell is ready...

SNEAK PEEK: HOUSE OF THE MOON BY DONNA D. CONRAD

0
HOUSE OF THE MOON BY DONNA D. CONRAD Covina, California, in the 1960s is a clean, white place to live just twenty-four miles east of...

SNEAK PEEK: CHEERS TO THE DUKE BY SALLY MACKENZIE

0
CHEERS TO THE DUKE BY SALLY MACKENZIE In USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie’s intoxicatingly romantic series, the “fallen” ladies of Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home are restoring...

Doubleday Canada to publish Tina Brown’s THE PALACE PAPERS: Inside the House of Windsor

0
Doubleday Canada to publish Tina Brown’s THE PALACE PAPERS: Inside the House of Windsor—the Truth and the Turmoil Crown, an imprint of the Random House...