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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Book Review: Sisters of the Lost Nation By Nick Medina

Sisters of the Lost Nation
By Nick Medina
April 18, 2023
Genre: Native American, horror
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780593546857
A young Native girl's hunt for answers about the women mysteriously disappearing from her tribe's reservation lead her to delve into the myths and stories of her people, all while being haunted herself, in this atmospheric and stunningly poignant debut.

Anna Horn is always looking over her shoulder. For the bullies who torment her, for the entitled visitors at the reservation’s casino…and for the nameless, disembodied entity that stalks her every step—an ancient tribal myth come-to-life, one that’s intent on devouring her whole.

With strange and sinister happenings occurring around the casino, Anna starts to suspect that not all the horrors on the reservation are old. As girls begin to go missing and the tribe scrambles to find answers, Anna struggles with her place on the rez, desperately searching for the key she’s sure lies in the legends of her tribe’s past.

When Anna’s own little sister also disappears, she’ll do anything to bring Grace home. But the demons plaguing the reservation—both ancient and new—are strong, and sometimes, it’s the stories that never get told that are the most important.

Part gripping thriller and part mythological horror, author Nick Medina spins an incisive and timely novel of life as an outcast, the cost of forgetting tradition, and the courage it takes to become who you were always meant to be.

Anna Horn is a teenage member of the Takoka Tribe, who lives on the reservation in Louisiana with her family. The kids go off the reservation to school in the town, where she is bullied by kids of other races. 
Anna also works at the reservation casino as a maid after school to make money. A young Takoda man named Fox asks her to become part of his team at the hotel connected to the casino. They clean certain rooms, especially those on the eighth floor. Anna begins to see things happening on that floor, especially suite 808. Some young women brought there have vanished. She agrees to work there in hopes of finding out why, especially when her  sister vanishes too.

Sisters of the Lost Nation kept me hooked. If you enjoy Native American stories and mysteries with a bit of possible supernatural, this will spin an interesting yarn about a different kind of YA heroine who may be what many tribes considered
 “two spirits.” It will take both spirits within Anna to solve the mystery and fight the danger.

I gave Sisters of the Lost Nation 5 sheep

Reviewed by Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Nick Medina appreciates blues-based music, local folklore, and snowy winters. A member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, he drew on personal and family experiences, along with research into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) epidemic, to write his debut novel, Sisters of the Lost Nation. He has degrees in organizational and multicultural communication, and has worked as a college instructor. He also enjoys playing guitar, listening to classic rock, exploring haunted cemeteries, and all sorts of spooky stuff.

​Represented by Amanda Orozco at Transatlantic Agency.

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