Warrior of the Wind

Orbit. (The Nameless Republic, Bk. 2). Nov. 2023. 496p. ISBN 9780316428972. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
Lilong and Danso have escaped Bassa with their lives, but their experiences have left them unnerved. Now hiding in Chabo, away from the territory of the Red Emperor, Esheme, they are given some breathing room. But as their slim security begins to crumble away, Lilong wants to return to her home with the Diwi—the ibor heirloom—and keep it from Esheme, as ibor is a powerful mineral that can be drawn on to perform supernatural feats. The journey back to Lilong’s people, however, is filled with dangers and surprises. Danso trails along, searching for a place to belong and wondering if ibor is the only way to create it. Meanwhile, Esheme takes more land under her control. All three search for freedom from their pasts, but their paths to the future will diverge and meet in unexpected ways. The multiple points of view allow readers to observe the consequences of choices made.
VERDICT The second “Nameless Republic” book builds on a complex story of rising power, secrets, and unique magic in an African-inspired landscape.
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