Book Review: Guardians The Awakening – The Return of the Queen by David Atta

Thank you Masobe Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the author’s debut novel and I had zero expectations going into this book.

‘The Return of the Queen’ is a retelling of the famous Queen Amina of Zazau story and a fantasyish follow-up of that story in modern day Nigeria. Fate brings two young women, Hadiza and Asabe, together and they discover they are destined to protect the nation as the Guardians of times past had done.

This was a pleasant surprise. I loved everything about this book. It was a fast paced, short read and really interesting. As a historical fiction lover, it was great to see how the author was able to retell the story of Queen Amina and tie it into this amazing tale with young female heroines, politics and crime. The characters were also relatable and the story believable even with all the fantasy and mystical stuff around It. It ticked almost all the boxes for a 5 star read however, it had a few typos thus my rating. I highly recommend this to everyone.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Published: by Masobe (first published 2020)

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Genre: Fantasy/Historical fiction


The Author:

Born in Zaria and raised in Lagos to a Muslim, Ebira father, and a Christian, Urhobo mother, David Atta embodies the diversity characterizing his nation, Nigeria.

A trained architect who lives in Abuja with his wife and four daughters, he believes that art and creativity in a broken nation and world must first serve to influence people positively, contributing to the building of healthy mindsets and constructive culture. His writing reflects this.


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