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The king is dead - and with him, the last thread holding the kingdom together. Deep cracks are forming throughout the kingdom of Nri with whispers of deadly successors lurking beneath the shadows. Despite having the same face, it seems the deepest crack is forming between Naala and Sinai, the reunited twin goddesses, who must put their differences aside as they travel thro The king is dead - and with him, the last thread holding the kingdom together. Deep cracks are forming throughout the kingdom of Nri with whispers of deadly successors lurking beneath the shadows. Despite having the same face, it seems the deepest crack is forming between Naala and Sinai, the reunited twin goddesses, who must put their differences aside as they travel through a broken Nri. Unbeknownst to the girls, their use of the mystical Ṇdu crystal has awakened mythical beasts and the lost gods, each returning to Nri one by one. One thing is clear, the twins will have to face enemies at every corner of the kingdom... one of whom lies hidden amongst those they hold dearest. As ongoing turmoil spreads throughout the kingdom, the daughters of Nri must unmask the true face of their enemy, as they discover that their unique blood has marked them with magic strong enough to restore true peace to the world - a task only they can complete. But with beasts lurking far and wide, will they be able to do so before the kingdom succumbs to its looming curse? Descendants of the First is the thundering sequel to Reni K Amayo’s epic feminist young adult fantasy, Daughters of Nri, lauded as “literary magic” by Buzzfeed and a piece of “Excellent writing, brilliant book.” by best-selling author, Dorothy Koomson.


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The king is dead - and with him, the last thread holding the kingdom together. Deep cracks are forming throughout the kingdom of Nri with whispers of deadly successors lurking beneath the shadows. Despite having the same face, it seems the deepest crack is forming between Naala and Sinai, the reunited twin goddesses, who must put their differences aside as they travel thro The king is dead - and with him, the last thread holding the kingdom together. Deep cracks are forming throughout the kingdom of Nri with whispers of deadly successors lurking beneath the shadows. Despite having the same face, it seems the deepest crack is forming between Naala and Sinai, the reunited twin goddesses, who must put their differences aside as they travel through a broken Nri. Unbeknownst to the girls, their use of the mystical Ṇdu crystal has awakened mythical beasts and the lost gods, each returning to Nri one by one. One thing is clear, the twins will have to face enemies at every corner of the kingdom... one of whom lies hidden amongst those they hold dearest. As ongoing turmoil spreads throughout the kingdom, the daughters of Nri must unmask the true face of their enemy, as they discover that their unique blood has marked them with magic strong enough to restore true peace to the world - a task only they can complete. But with beasts lurking far and wide, will they be able to do so before the kingdom succumbs to its looming curse? Descendants of the First is the thundering sequel to Reni K Amayo’s epic feminist young adult fantasy, Daughters of Nri, lauded as “literary magic” by Buzzfeed and a piece of “Excellent writing, brilliant book.” by best-selling author, Dorothy Koomson.

30 review for Descendants of the First

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sîvan Sardar

    THROWING UP SHAKING SLIDING DOWN THE WALL FROTHING AT THE MOUTH, SHE DOES IT AGAIN i will forever be in awe of the way this author captures character development whilst still creating such an intricate world i can’t begin to explain to you all how deeply i love authors who create women in their books who are so strong, and NOT just in the physical sense. mental, emotional and just the way they carry themselves is everything to me and sinai & naala are EVERYTHING to me I need the next BOOK DESPERA THROWING UP SHAKING SLIDING DOWN THE WALL FROTHING AT THE MOUTH, SHE DOES IT AGAIN i will forever be in awe of the way this author captures character development whilst still creating such an intricate world i can’t begin to explain to you all how deeply i love authors who create women in their books who are so strong, and NOT just in the physical sense. mental, emotional and just the way they carry themselves is everything to me and sinai & naala are EVERYTHING to me I need the next BOOK DESPERATELY PLS PLS PLS

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    Spoiler-free review: I LOVED every second of this thrilling sequel to Daughters of Nri! It's full of twists and turns and I had trouble putting down the book because every chapter left me wanting more. I highly recommend this book and this series; it's full of fantasy, strong female characters, and suspence! Solid 5/5 stars! Spoiler-free review: I LOVED every second of this thrilling sequel to Daughters of Nri! It's full of twists and turns and I had trouble putting down the book because every chapter left me wanting more. I highly recommend this book and this series; it's full of fantasy, strong female characters, and suspence! Solid 5/5 stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Fitzgerald

    Today I’m sharing my review for the brilliant second instalment in The Return of the Earth Mother series, which needs to go straight on your TBR if you love fantasy but maybe hadn’t heard of this before like me! With the Eze dead, twins Sinai and Naala had hoped for peace in the kingdom of Nri, but it seems that now there are many new power plays to rule the kingdom. With their enemies desperate to gain all the pieces of the Mother’s crystal, the twins will have to set their differences aside to Today I’m sharing my review for the brilliant second instalment in The Return of the Earth Mother series, which needs to go straight on your TBR if you love fantasy but maybe hadn’t heard of this before like me! With the Eze dead, twins Sinai and Naala had hoped for peace in the kingdom of Nri, but it seems that now there are many new power plays to rule the kingdom. With their enemies desperate to gain all the pieces of the Mother’s crystal, the twins will have to set their differences aside to try to protect all the people they hold so dear. But when the enemy is closer than they think, how will they know friend from foe? I’m really crap at trying to describe the plot because there is just so much to this book! I actually read the first and second novels in a row and found myself completely absorbed into the world the author has created. Everything about it is so vivid and detailed on the page that you can almost see it playing before you. I loved that this novel explored the differences between the twins now that they’ve met and know of each other, and how their different powers come together to make them strong. They’re so yin and yang but that’s what makes the story so interesting, and of course I’m a sucker for the possible love stories which are unfolding for them both. If you love badass female lead characters, a brilliant and diverse supporting cast, magic, adventure, nature, worlds in the sky, folklore, and just a wonderfully exciting and compelling storyline, I can’t recommend this series enough. I didn’t want it to end and cannot wait for the next instalment!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jyasia Terry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So this book was so much better than the previous. However there were several chapters where the author would just skip over events and leave missing puzzle pieces of the story where I felt there should've been more explanations. Also not enough character development. Like the author kept shifting narratives between characters and it was annoying to me because there were developments between characters I would've liked to see established. Relationships for example. Like Kora and Madi. Madi and I So this book was so much better than the previous. However there were several chapters where the author would just skip over events and leave missing puzzle pieces of the story where I felt there should've been more explanations. Also not enough character development. Like the author kept shifting narratives between characters and it was annoying to me because there were developments between characters I would've liked to see established. Relationships for example. Like Kora and Madi. Madi and Ina (couldn't stand her character btw). Madi and Naala (she irritated me too at times, but not as much as Ina) and Eni. Sinai and Olu. And what exactly happened to him anyway? The author never elaborated, especially since it was insinuated that he was also a descendant. But they just glossed over that part and didn't bother to come back to it. The ending didn't come as a complete shock to me. There's always a Judas in the group and in this book it's Eni, unbeknownst to him. Hopefully in the next book the author sheds light on my many unanswered questions, and does a better job of elaborating on key aspects of the plot without skipping over events.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Calla

    Is it worth i? I liked the first in this series very much. That made this book all the more disappointing. This book reads like a run on sentence, disjointed. The scenes switch often,and the narrators switch often. Almost all the characters have something going on, in the background and that would be okay if it were needed. I never thought I would read a book and think that there is way too much going on. I had to read certain passages over to get an understanding of its place in the book. There w Is it worth i? I liked the first in this series very much. That made this book all the more disappointing. This book reads like a run on sentence, disjointed. The scenes switch often,and the narrators switch often. Almost all the characters have something going on, in the background and that would be okay if it were needed. I never thought I would read a book and think that there is way too much going on. I had to read certain passages over to get an understanding of its place in the book. There was a ton of moving pieces too many moving pieces, and the book was action-drama filled too much so. It was hard to build excitement for the building climax when every other scenario is dramatic. Indeed when the climax came it was lackluster and of course the book ends with a cliffhanger. I can see the characters having their own books as this book is set-up to continue down that path but I hope careful revision is given to the upcoming books for nuance and clarity to what the author is trying to convey.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily Crouch

    Couldn’t put it down So good! I was so frustrated when the first book ended and I had to wait for the next book. This continuation added so many details that kept tying things together, while at the same time adding more to keep you guessing. Naala and Sinai’s adventure is still going strong. The depth of this whole story is why I love series. Now I can’t wait for the next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Big thank you to Onwe for sending me an ARC to review!* I love how this book builds on Daughters of Nri - the development in this one was just something to behold. This one felt much more magical and whimsical, I love how much more we get to see into the magic at play here. It also goes deeper into the history of the world and just gave it all so much more depth. The writing and descriptions were also so beautiful - it all felt so vivid constantly. The characters and their development was probabl *Big thank you to Onwe for sending me an ARC to review!* I love how this book builds on Daughters of Nri - the development in this one was just something to behold. This one felt much more magical and whimsical, I love how much more we get to see into the magic at play here. It also goes deeper into the history of the world and just gave it all so much more depth. The writing and descriptions were also so beautiful - it all felt so vivid constantly. The characters and their development was probably hands down my favourite aspect of this book. All of the characters, old and new, came together excellently but of course Sinai and Naala were the stars here. I was obsessed with their interactions and how they had to come together to figure things out. There’s also a wholesome sort of found family element with the supporting characters and a romance subplot - slow burn, ridiculously sweet. I both loved and hated how unpredictable each character was. I literally couldn’t figure out what they were going to do next and how everything was going to play out, which just added to the fun of all of the plot twists in here. I think the main reason I’m giving it a slightly lower rating than the first book was the pacing. Most of the action happened towards the end of the book, naturally, but it made the first three quarters feel really slow in comparison and it felt like not a lot happened to drive it forward much. I still really enjoyed it and would recommend this series to anyone looking for their next YA fantasy fix. So well done.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

  9. 5 out of 5

    Onwe

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sha Clarke

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tini

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin Finnestead

  13. 5 out of 5

    Evie Oh

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlyn Crawley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Loveland

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  17. 5 out of 5

    NaturalMystic

  18. 4 out of 5

    TeamSinai Always

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skye Jones

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Roudabush

  23. 4 out of 5

    Speech_Chick

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ebony Kelly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Coco and Carla

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Jordan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ko :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    A.W. Agbeke

  29. 4 out of 5

    Moreen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lakia

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