“Opulence, beauty, and danger... A magnificent and triumphant debut.” Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author
For fans of Twin Crowns and TikTok sensations To Kill a Kingdom and This Woven Kingdom
The royal court of Galla is as dangerous as it is glamorous... Kalothia will need every ounce of courage and wit, if she is to avenge those she loves ... and stay alive.
Kalothia has grown up in the shadows of her kingdom, hidden away in the East after her parents were outed as enemies of the king. When assassins attack her home on her sixteenth birthday, she must flee to the king’s court – a beautiful but lethal nest of poison, plots and danger, overseen by an entrenched patriarchy. Can Kalothia navigate this most worldly of places to find her own role? What if she must choose between her country and her heart?
A fast-paced, romantic and feminist YA fantasy full of danger and courtly intrigue.
Convincing, intricate world-building and strong characterisation add up to a stand out YA fantasy debut with a powerful feminist slant. * The Guardian *
Filled with breath-taking action sequences, scintillating romance and strong female characters, Goddess Crown is an exciting addition to the romantasy genre. * The Bookseller *
In a market dominated by US authors, this feminist fantasy from British Nigerian author Lapite is a breath of fresh air. * Ten Titles Not to Miss, The Bookseller *
Humming with a vibrancy drawn from its West African inspired cultural elements, like food, dress and music, Lapite has created a grounded world that operates outside of the reader’s field of vision, complete and autonomous… Fast-paced, the book ambitiously tackles its world’s spiritual belief system, not just as a background theme but interwoven through the social systems and politics of its ruling court. A début that will have the reader’s heart with the women of Galla, Goddess Crown is undoubtedly a book with something to say. * Inis Magazine, Children's Books Ireland *
Set in an opulent West African-inspired kingdom, this feminist fantasy blazes with revenge, courage and Goddess energy... a richly conjured feminist fantasy set in sumptuous West African- inspired Galla, a patriarchal kingdom that’s long conspired against women... Shot-through with suspense and forbidden love, the writing crackles with energy, and Kalothia — a fearless young woman who exposes how patriarchal teachings have misrepresented the Goddess — is a heroine no reader will forget in a hurry. * LoveReading4Kids *
Dimensions: 197mm x 128mm x 10mm