When I began reading Wings of the Night Sky, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was going to be a fantasy – obviously – but what I didn’t know was that I was going to be embarking on a wild adventure to the land of Aondo – a land filled with great adventures. I love how this book has all of gems in form of quotes to inspire and motivate while taking you through a magical adventure. Jessica’s mind is highly imaginative and creative. Her ability to think about these characters and bring them to life is exceptional!

About the book:

Wings of the Night Sky is an adventure fantasy story. When Omiete answers the call that takes her on a journey to the magical kingdom of Aondo, she is faced with a new reality and purpose – to rescue the Guardian of the Keepers who protect the Kingdom in the sky and ultimately defeat the evil Dadan and his horde of shetani who constantly threaten to plunge it and the real world into darkness. Omiete is faced  with mind chilling vampire creatures, cunning spiders, and soul-sucking mbala. As she unites with the keepers and her animal guide, she learns she must master her guide and defeat the darkness. Most of all, she must tackle self-doubt and crippling fear. Omiete finds friendship and innocent love in chaos. Wings of the Night Sky is an imaginative piece for young adults and teenagers who in one way, are faced with life’s adventure – telling them there is a will in their fear.

Reading this book one can easily see Jessica’s love for animals and nature. The keepers have animals as their guides – the owl, the wildcat, the caracal, the wolf, the alligator, the wild-dog. When asked at the monthly book club of Kawe Africa about her love for animals, she mentioned that humans are becoming more disconnected with nature and she wanted to challenge that because she believes nature is a major source of inspiration for humans.

I love that this story is different in the way that fantasy genres are – thrilling, out of the box thinking and weird characters – like walking spiders, snakes with diamond eyes and flying humans. While I think it’s a perfect genre for young adults, I believe there are life lessons for everyone.

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There is no mercy for the wicked there.

Whatever you do, never let your chin drop. Look the problem straight in the eyes and don’t be afraid.

Merrymaking makes the heart full and the fear of the unknown bearable.

I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it for young adults who are navigating their teenage fears alone. This book is highly creative with pieces of our history splattered all over. Like the names of some of the characters – Tobe, Omiete, Okiemute and even Aondo – Aondo is what the TIV PEOPLE of Nigeria call God and it literary translates to “the sky”.

For Jessica, the inspiration for writing this book came from the idea of superstitious believes before it grew into something bigger.

There are no limits to imagination and with great imagination comes great creativity.

Gift a young adult this book today. You can purchase a copy from KAWE BOOKS

 

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Jessica and I at the launch of WINGS OF THE NIGHT SKY

About the Author:

Jessica Tagbajumi is a fan of fiction specifically fantasy and her short story “Red Mud” was selected for the CFWriters Prize 2018. She works for Godrej Nigeria Limited as the Administrative Manager. She is also a storyteller for Kugali Media; a comics and entertainment company with interest in African stories. She is an avid reader and writer of fiction which she posts HERE – her personal blog.

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