Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans

Publisher: Usborne

Adia is desperate to escape the dismal Swamplands of Zaria, where she lives with her cruel aunt and uncle, so secures a position as an apprentice chef at the Academy of Shamans, across the Ginian Sea. Convinced that she’s an ogbanje – a demon-possessed child who attracts misfortune – Adia hopes the shaman will help rid her of this evil spirit.

A forthcoming visit by Emperor Darian elicits great excitement at the Academy. However, Adia is shocked when she learns that he has been possessed by Olark, a fearsome demon who intends to destroy the kingdom of Zaria in order to seize power. Adia offers to help Ginikanwa, a formidable goddess, to banish Olark, hoping to pick up some tips on how to expel her own demon at the same time. As they embark on their perilous quest, Adia undertakes a journey of self-discovery, learning more about her powers and forging new friendships.

Inspired by West African culture, this is the first book in a thrilling Afro-fantasy trilogy. The tale is infused with humour, and features an enthralling cast of characters and an imaginative, fast-paced plot, which will grip readers until the final page.

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