Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Binti: The Night Masquerade (Binti #3), by Nnedi Okorafor, ISBN 9780765393135, January 2018

I previously read and reviewed the first two Binti novellas,
Binti and Binti: Home.

With the Khoush heading for Osemba intending to kill Okwu and restart the war with the Meduse, Binit is also rushing home from her stay with her father's people, the Enyi Zinariya, because her newly activated abilities, both Meduse and zinariya, tell her that her family is in immediate danger. Binti is struggling to learn about herself, even as she needs to learn about secrets not just from her father's people but the secrets of her own Himba people.

And she needs to do it even when she arrives to find her family's home burned with them inside, the Khoush having restarted the war with the Meduse, and the Himba council reluctant to play any part in trying to end it even though they'll be caught in the middle and be crushed, too.

There's a lot going on here, and I haven't scratched the surface with that description, but it is once again rich and satisfying. Binti, Okwu, and Binti's new friend Mwinyi, all have a lot of learning and growing to do in very little time.


I received this novella as part of the 2019 Hugo Voters Packet.

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