The start of a bold and immersive West African-inspired, feminist fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther. We all have a choice.
Are we girls, or are we demons?
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives 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…
“Love love loved this book. This is a brilliant new young adult series. Gritty, timely and epic. With strong themes revolving around feminism, racism and the fight to survive this is an important read. For lovers of the Hunger Games and Divergent: this is your new page turner.”