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Summary

A smash debut novel from rising star Yasmin Angoe, Her Name Is Knight features an elite assassin heroine on a mission to topple a human trafficking ring and avenge her family.

Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances. 

But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.

Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can’t resist the temptation of vengeance - and she doesn’t want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good.

©2021 by Yasmin Angoe. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Narrator Tamika Katon-Donegal delivers Angoe's debut thriller with the intensity it deserves.... Katon-Donegal shines in the 'before' chapters, delivered in the first person with a poetic rhythm. Her voicing of the terror and violence of Nena's kidnapping and the destruction of her village is at once captivating and horrifying.... Katon-Donegal uses her skills with pace, tone, and accent to differentiate the many characters. The audiobook comes together to deliver a highly impactful listen.” (AudioFile Magazine)

“This stunning debut...deftly balances action, interpersonal relationships, issues of trauma, and profound human questions in an unforgettable novel.” (Library Journal, starred review) 

“Angoe expertly builds tension by shifting between her lead’s past and present lives. Thriller fans will cheer Aninyeh every step of the way.” (Publishers Weekly

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  • LaLaDo
  • 11-01-22

Great protagonist!

I love how strong the main character is, and how well her struggles are laid bare. My only complaint was with the narrator - she reads v.e.r.y distinctly, which means it's pretty slow. But she's very understandable, and her different voices are distinct.

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  • April
  • 29-11-21

different, in a good way!

way out of my usual genres buy I am super glad I listened to it. it's a good story, give a more realistic picture of the trauma of and after human trafficking. I like that my girl was an assassin after everything she went through. it seems fitting. the narration was good too. 👍

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  • Ebony R
  • 30-01-22

Ethical Assasin

This book took me on a journey from the Mountains outside of Accra, to Paris, London, and Florida. This book was filled with action, suspense, and I even at times found tears in my eyes from the anger I felt because of trafficking. I couldn't put it down. And the audio performance was incredible. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • JenFox
  • 10-11-21

A huge story

This was a truly mammoth story…gruesome, gritty, gut wrenching. Well crafted & brilliantly narrated. The essence of tribal Africa intertwined with the modern West. A 5 🌟 story. Brilliant!!

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  • JT
  • 07-05-22

Scarily real and amazingly narrated.

I borrowed this title through the KU program, this title having the option of listening. I am so grateful that I took the time and leap to listen to a real shift in my usual adventurous reading. I appreciated the way the content warnings were so accurate and true to their description. Not only is this an epic journey it is written in a format that ties today to the past so well that it is engrossing and engaging at the same time. It is as of May 2022 the best book I have encountered this year. Yasmin Angoe shares a look at a woman and her 'family' as life presents itself in every imaginable and sometimes horrific way possible. The biggest gift in the audio book format was the over the top talent that Tamika Katon-Donegal shared in narrating the outstanding material presented her to bring to life. I am hoping that the second book set to come out later this year is also narrated by Tamika and is at least half as good as Her Name Is Knight shows itself to be. Thank you to both of you for sharing the depth of your talent.

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  • KAS II
  • 06-05-22

This will keep you up

I could tear myself away during the first 1/2, but it was impossible to do that 1/2 way through. Complex characters, compelling story. Interesting twists!!

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  • Dawn G
  • 02-05-22

Amazing Story!

I absolutely ❤ this book! The story had me going through the rainbow of emotions. I was very surprised at how much I really enjoyed it. It's not the usual book type that I read, but picked it up based on a review from someone I follow on Goodreads.
I found the characters well written, the storyline had me cheering for a great ending for the woman who had been through and lost so much. The author switched back and forth from "before" and "after", giving the sense of flashbacks and the person the main character was before. The twists are savage and have you gasping at points, but it is so worth the read!

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  • Amber Harris
  • 31-03-22

excellent

This book leaves you wanting to read 10 more just like it. A beautiful story wonderfully written. All the good stuff!

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  • JoAnna Adams
  • 30-03-22

Her Name is Knight

Love the story line. Especially the the before and after. Every plot fell in place, every twist and turn kept me on the edge. very unexpected ending. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Jimmy dell griffin
  • 30-03-22

Realistic take on Shuri

Shuri meets Black Widow is what your getting here. Amazing jumping back and forth between the timelines.