History Literature / WhoFearsDeath

31st Jul '16 4:34:16 AM Morgenthaler
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''Who Fears Death'' is a 2010 fantasy novel by NnediOkorafor which takes place in an alternate or AfterTheEnd [[spoiler: Sudan]]. Its heroine is Onyesonwu Ubaid-Ogundimu, a young woman who is an ''Ewu'', the product of the rape of a woman of the Okeke tribe by a man of the Nuru tribe. Because of this she is shunned by the villagers in the town she grows up in, and haunted by the spirit of her biological father, a powerful sorcerer who wants her dead. However, Onyesonwu discovers that she has a talent for magic, especially shapeshifting, and under the tutelage of Mwita, a slightly older ''Ewu'' boy, and his master, the somewhat JerkAss TricksterMentor Aro, she begins to cultivate her magical ability. However, Onyesonwu's father is still out there, and she has a special destiny ahead of her...

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''Who Fears Death'' is a 2010 fantasy novel by NnediOkorafor Creator/NnediOkorafor which takes place in an alternate or AfterTheEnd [[spoiler: Sudan]]. Its heroine is Onyesonwu Ubaid-Ogundimu, a young woman who is an ''Ewu'', the product of the rape of a woman of the Okeke tribe by a man of the Nuru tribe. Because of this she is shunned by the villagers in the town she grows up in, and haunted by the spirit of her biological father, a powerful sorcerer who wants her dead. However, Onyesonwu discovers that she has a talent for magic, especially shapeshifting, and under the tutelage of Mwita, a slightly older ''Ewu'' boy, and his master, the somewhat JerkAss TricksterMentor Aro, she begins to cultivate her magical ability. However, Onyesonwu's father is still out there, and she has a special destiny ahead of her...
28th Dec '15 8:11:34 PM Fireblood
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* MagicalNegro: According to Prof. Okorafor (who wrote a short story and an essay about the trope), Sola is a deliberate subversion, being a Magical Caucasian.

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* MagicalNegro: According to Prof. Okorafor (who wrote a short story and an essay about the trope), Sola is a deliberate subversion, inversion, being a Magical Caucasian.
28th Dec '15 7:59:17 PM Fireblood
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''Who Fears Death'' is a 2010 fantasy novel by NnediOkorafor which takes place in an alternate or AfterTheEnd [[spoiler: Sudan]]. Its heroine is Onyesonwu Ubaid-Ogundimu, a young woman who is an ''Ewu'', the product of a rape of a woman of the Okeke tribe by a man of the Nuru tribe. Because of this she is shunned by the villagers in the town she grows up in, and haunted by the spirit of her biological father, a powerful sorcerer who wants her dead. However, Onyesonwu discovers that she has a talent for magic, especially shapeshifting, and under the tutelage of Mwita, a slightly older ''Ewu'' boy, and his master, the somewhat JerkAss TricksterMentor Aro, she begins to cultivate her magical ability. However, Onyesonwu's father is still out there, and she has a special destiny ahead of her...

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''Who Fears Death'' is a 2010 fantasy novel by NnediOkorafor which takes place in an alternate or AfterTheEnd [[spoiler: Sudan]]. Its heroine is Onyesonwu Ubaid-Ogundimu, a young woman who is an ''Ewu'', the product of a the rape of a woman of the Okeke tribe by a man of the Nuru tribe. Because of this she is shunned by the villagers in the town she grows up in, and haunted by the spirit of her biological father, a powerful sorcerer who wants her dead. However, Onyesonwu discovers that she has a talent for magic, especially shapeshifting, and under the tutelage of Mwita, a slightly older ''Ewu'' boy, and his master, the somewhat JerkAss TricksterMentor Aro, she begins to cultivate her magical ability. However, Onyesonwu's father is still out there, and she has a special destiny ahead of her...



* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied. Onyesonwu and Mwita have ties because [[spoiler: her father was Mwita's master for a time]], but they are not actually brother and sister.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied.{{Implied}}. Onyesonwu and Mwita have ties because [[spoiler: her father was Mwita's master for a time]], but they are not actually brother and sister.



* ChildSoldiers: part of Mwita's background is that he was forced to be one.

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* ChildByRape: Onyesonwu.
* ChildSoldiers: part Part of Mwita's background is that he was forced to be one.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Eleventh Year Rite (aka female circumcision) is this both in and out of canon: Onyesonwu's mother is horrified when she discovers what her daughter has done (the practice having been banned in her home village), for instance, whereas it's common practice in Jwahir. Indeed, Onyesonwu subjected herself to it in order to fit in, and by doing so she gains a set of TrueCompanions in Binta, Diti and Luyu.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: a lighter-skinned tribe repressing a darker-skinned one through rape, murder, and enslavement? Even before it's revealed[[spoiler: this takes place in Sudan]], the parallels are fairly easy to see.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Eleventh Year Rite (aka female circumcision) is this both in and out of canon: canon. Onyesonwu's mother is horrified when she discovers what her daughter has done (the practice having been banned in her home village), for instance, whereas it's common practice in Jwahir. Indeed, Onyesonwu subjected herself to it in order to fit in, and by doing so she gains a set of TrueCompanions in Binta, Diti and Luyu.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: a A lighter-skinned tribe repressing a darker-skinned one through rape, murder, and enslavement? Even before it's revealed[[spoiler: this takes place in Sudan]], the parallels are fairly easy to see.



* GoodBadGirl: Luyu loves her sex, with as many men as possible. But she's also the most fiercely loyal to Onyesonwu.

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* GoodBadGirl: Luyu loves her having sex, with as many men as possible. But she's also the most fiercely loyal to Onyesonwu.



* KillEmAll: The Nuru's belief about the Okeke.

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* KillEmAll: The Nuru's belief about intent toward the Okeke.



* MixedAncestry: The ''Ewu'', being born from the union of Okeke and Nuru people. Looking surprisingly like neither tribe, the ''Ewu'' are sand-colored, skin and hair, with light eyes, like albino Africans.

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* MixedAncestry: The ''Ewu'', being born from the union of Okeke and Nuru people. Looking surprisingly like neither tribe, the ''Ewu'' are sand-colored, have sand-colored skin and hair, with light eyes, like albino Africans.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent; They're called Kponyungo, and are desert-dwelling creatures who occasionally befriend travelers in the desert.
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent: Masquerades, which are not to be confused with {{Masquerade}} or MasqueradeBall. They are spirit creatures, and they will hurt you.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent; OurDragonsAreDifferent: They're called Kponyungo, and are desert-dwelling creatures who occasionally befriend travelers in the desert.
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent: Masquerades, which are not to be confused with the {{Masquerade}} or MasqueradeBall. They are spirit creatures, and they will hurt you.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The party questing west to defeat Daib. [[spoiler: Subverted in that traveling together drives them apart rather than pull them together.]]

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The party questing west to defeat Daib. [[spoiler: Subverted {{Subverted}} in that traveling together drives them apart rather than pull them together.]]



* TrueCompanions: Onyesonwu, Luyu, Diti, and Binta become this thanks to all undergoing the Eleventh Year Rite together. Later on, they, along with Mwita and Diti's husband Fanasi decide to accompany Onyesonwu on her quest West. [[spoiler: somewhat subverted in that after a few weeks of walking in the desert they start getting on each other's nerves, especially Diti and Onyesonwu]]

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* TrueCompanions: Onyesonwu, Luyu, Diti, and Binta become this thanks to all undergoing the Eleventh Year Rite together. Later on, they, along with Mwita and Diti's husband Fanasi decide to accompany Onyesonwu on her quest West. [[spoiler: somewhat Somewhat subverted in that after a few weeks of walking in the desert they start getting on each other's nerves, especially Diti and Onyesonwu]]
11th Aug '15 9:21:06 AM wuggles
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A prequel explaining TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, ''The Book of Phoenix'' was published in 2015.

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A prequel explaining TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, ''The Book of Phoenix'' ''Literature/TheBookOfPhoenix'' was published in 2015.
11th Jul '15 10:59:31 AM NOYB
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* MagicalNegro: According to Prof. Okorafor (who wrote a short story about the trope), Sola is a deliberate subversion, being a Magical Caucasian.

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* MagicalNegro: According to Prof. Okorafor (who wrote a short story and an essay about the trope), Sola is a deliberate subversion, being a Magical Caucasian.
11th Jul '15 10:58:50 AM NOYB
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* MagicalNegro: According to Prof. Okorafor (who wrote a short story about the trope), Sola is a deliberate subversion, being a Magical Caucasian.
10th May '15 8:59:53 PM Brontesaurus
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A prequel explaining TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, ''The Book of Phoenix'' was published in 2015.
13th Apr '15 10:42:43 PM NOYB
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* {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler: Onyesonwu's purpose in life is to kill her father.]]

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* {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler: Onyesonwu's Onye's purpose in life is to kill her father.father. [[spoiler:She only cripples him, physically and magically, however.]]



* ProphecyTwist: It is revealed that a Nuru Seer has prophesied that a tall Nuru male sorcerer will come and change the Great Book to make life better for both Nuru and Okeke. It is revealed, however, that he changed the prophecy because he refused to believe what it actually said: that the prophesied messiah would be [[spoiler:an ''Ewu'' sorceress]].

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* ProphecyTwist: It is revealed that a Nuru Seer seer has prophesied that a tall Nuru male sorcerer will come and change the Great Book to make life better for both Nuru and Okeke. It is revealed, however, that he changed the prophecy because he refused to believe what it actually said: that the prophesied messiah would be [[spoiler:an ''Ewu'' sorceress]].
13th Apr '15 10:39:53 PM NOYB
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* CursedWithAwesome: ''Ewu'' are spit on by Okeke and Nuru, but they get awesome magic.
27th Dec '14 7:54:11 PM NOYB
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* ProphecyTwist: it is revealed that a Nuru Seer has prophesied that a tall Nuru male sorcerer will come and change the Great Book to make life better for both Nuru and Okeke. It is revealed, however, that he changed the prophecy because he refused to believe what it actually said: that the prophesied messiah would be [[spoiler:an ''Ewu'' sorceress]].

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* ProphecyTwist: it It is revealed that a Nuru Seer has prophesied that a tall Nuru male sorcerer will come and change the Great Book to make life better for both Nuru and Okeke. It is revealed, however, that he changed the prophecy because he refused to believe what it actually said: that the prophesied messiah would be [[spoiler:an ''Ewu'' sorceress]].
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