7 Reasons to Read Fib and the Axe of Fury by Esosa Kolawole

Feb 16, 2021

Do you love African mythology fantasy stories? Do you love magical quests? Fib and the Axe of Fury by Esosa Kolawole is the book for you, and I am here to share at least 7 reasons why you need this book on your TBR asap!

Fib and the Axe of Fury by Esosa Kolawole
Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy, Mythology
June 21, 2019 from Zuma Publishing

“Never take your glasses off outside the walls of our home.” 

When Fibikemi loses her glasses and inadvertently breaks her mother’s rule, she encounters something strange, and it is only the beginning of a weird and terrifying journey; in a matter of time, someone dangerous will come for her. 

Her friend Aaron Oni has just two more months to live, and Fib’s obsession with saving Aaron pushes her to do the unimaginable. 

Eventually, she discovers exactly why she must never take off her eyeglasses outside her home. 

Fib and the Axe of Fury is an enthralling blend of vibrant fantasy and exotic African mythology.

7 reasons to read Fib and the Axe of Fury

✩ A gripping contemporary fantasy worldbuilding filled with magic, creatures and unexpected twists that are incredibly enthralling as we join Fibikemi on a strange and terrifying journey. This story grabs readers attention from the get-go and takes us along for a hell of a ride.

✩ African (Yoruba) mythology front and center. The story takes place in Nigeria (where the author is also from), and we meet Yoruba gods and goddesses. Author Esosa Kolawole does a splendid job of blending African mythology in this contemporary fantasy world she created for Fib & co., and it was incredibly fascinating and a joy (despite the heartstrings it pulled) to get immersed in. [Note: I cannot speak on the mythology as I am not Yoruba nor African in general. Please read ownvoices reviews.]

While the magic and worldbuilding are amazing, the characters truly steal the show. We see Fib grow into her abilities throughout the story and we love that for her. Literal Black girl magic. Not to mention the friendships, but we'll cover that next.

✩ The friendships between Fibikemi and Morenikeji and Fib and Aaron are the heart of their lives and story. The lengths they would go to for each other goes deep. A chain of events puts their friendship to the test throughout the story. Can they save their friendship in time? Can Fib save Aaron before it's too late?

✩ A magical quest. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned on a mission. Fib is on a mission to save her friend Aaron who only has months to live, and to avenge her family's murder. I can't say more than that as it would go into spoiler territory but it's a main plotline and a fun one at that, and soon you'll understand the title of the book.

✩ Ready for a YA trope that we haven't seen as much lately? Fib's mom kept a YUGE secret from her that led to her fortifying their house and Fib's eyeglasses in which would have terrible consequences if she were to take them off outside.

✩ Epic battle showdown where Fib kicks some serious ass. Pardon my French, but she really does and you can't help but sheer her on as she does. Remember how I said Fib grows into her abilities? Yeah. She shines, ya'll. I can't wait for book two!


☀ Black (Yoruba) MC
☀ Black (Yoruba) cast
☀ Set in Nigeria
☀ African mythology
☀ Black author
☀ Mental health

Content / Trigger Warnings

➤ Death of parent
➤ Bullying
➤ Mild violence
➤ Sexual assault
➤ Animal death

Esosa Kolawole is the founder of The Quirky Pen Girl - a blog that creates quick and easy tips from writers. 

She received a bachelor's degree in Estate Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. 

Her works include The house of tiny people and other short stories. She lives with her family in Oluyole, Ibadan where she writes stories and play games.

♥ Have you read Fib and the Axe of Fury?
What'd you think of it?
Let me know in the comments below! ♥

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