Orbit has acquired the rights to the Nigerian writer Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s new epic fantasy trilogy.
The Nameless Republic, is inspired by West African empires. Orbit US editor Nivia Evans acquired World English rights from Okungbowa’s agent, Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency. The first book in the trilogy would be published Summer 2021.
Here’s a synopsis of the trilogy from Orbit:
In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands, which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist, and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso will have to set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.Orbit
Reacting to the update, Okungbowa expressed his joy:
“It’s a dream to be working with the good folks at Orbit on this series, I feel like I’m literally riding on the backs of giants who have emerged from these very same stables. The Nameless books are in good hands under the Orbit banner. This series is my love letter to all of us who know the magic that makes West-Africa tick—the lore and music, the harmattan and petrichor, the jollof rice and fried plantain.Okungbowa