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Her Name Is Knight revolves around Nena Knight, codename Echo, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe – a clandestine international organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the peoples and countries of Africa around the world. Her Name Is Knight is a propulsive character story and action thriller driven by retribution, passion, strength — and coming to Her Name Is Knight revolves around Nena Knight, codename Echo, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe – a clandestine international organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the peoples and countries of Africa around the world. Her Name Is Knight is a propulsive character story and action thriller driven by retribution, passion, strength — and coming to terms with your own true self, regardless of what anyone calls you.


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Her Name Is Knight revolves around Nena Knight, codename Echo, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe – a clandestine international organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the peoples and countries of Africa around the world. Her Name Is Knight is a propulsive character story and action thriller driven by retribution, passion, strength — and coming to Her Name Is Knight revolves around Nena Knight, codename Echo, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe – a clandestine international organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the peoples and countries of Africa around the world. Her Name Is Knight is a propulsive character story and action thriller driven by retribution, passion, strength — and coming to terms with your own true self, regardless of what anyone calls you.

30 review for Her Name Is Knight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Love this gorgeous cover for fall! Her Name is Knight is part of a shiny new series by Yasmin Angoe, involving Nina Knight, an assassin working for an organization that protects the people of Africa. It’s a richly developed character study on a backdrop of thrills and action. I’m looking forward to what’s next in this series and really loved the premise of this book and how it’s executed. I loved the infusion of Ghanaian culture also. Her Name is Knight addresses dark topics. Human trafficking i Love this gorgeous cover for fall! Her Name is Knight is part of a shiny new series by Yasmin Angoe, involving Nina Knight, an assassin working for an organization that protects the people of Africa. It’s a richly developed character study on a backdrop of thrills and action. I’m looking forward to what’s next in this series and really loved the premise of this book and how it’s executed. I loved the infusion of Ghanaian culture also. Her Name is Knight addresses dark topics. Human trafficking is next to impossible to talk about without “going there” I think. Nena is a formidable character I will long remember. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kellye

    It's hard to believe that Her Name is Knight is Yasmin Angoe's debut novel. This dual timeline story about an highly trained Miami-based assassin who learns to reclaim her power after having her entire life ripped from her as a teenager in Ghana is equal parts love story, social commentary and action thriller. Nena Knight will stay with you long after you've read the last word and is a must read for fans of Lee Child and S.A. Cosby. I found myself crying one chapter and cheering in the next. I c It's hard to believe that Her Name is Knight is Yasmin Angoe's debut novel. This dual timeline story about an highly trained Miami-based assassin who learns to reclaim her power after having her entire life ripped from her as a teenager in Ghana is equal parts love story, social commentary and action thriller. Nena Knight will stay with you long after you've read the last word and is a must read for fans of Lee Child and S.A. Cosby. I found myself crying one chapter and cheering in the next. I couldn't put it down!"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Intense, Violent Thriller, But Mind the Triggers This is a very violent thriller featuring non-stop action, even though it is a dual-timeline story going back and forth between the protagonist’s past and her evolving present. Oftentimes, that slows down the pace of a book (not good in thrillers) or creates confusion. Fortunately, this debut author is able to keep the pace thrumming despite switching back and forth. For me, she did so because she presented Nena/Echo as a complex killer from the ve Intense, Violent Thriller, But Mind the Triggers This is a very violent thriller featuring non-stop action, even though it is a dual-timeline story going back and forth between the protagonist’s past and her evolving present. Oftentimes, that slows down the pace of a book (not good in thrillers) or creates confusion. Fortunately, this debut author is able to keep the pace thrumming despite switching back and forth. For me, she did so because she presented Nena/Echo as a complex killer from the very first scenes. The dual timelines take place in the protagonist's childhood (told in the first person present) and her adult present (told in the third person past). The scenes from her childhood make us better understand how she came to be the way she is and why triggering events at the start of the book cause her to ponder her motivations and ultimately change. The only issue I have with the book is I think the book description should have listed the multiple triggers of this book. While I appreciate that the author has put them at the front of the book, people don't always read a preview before diving in, especially for something like First Reads or other times where they just might choose a book simply by genre or hype. So, for the reader who might not see the author's note before choosing the book, I'll list the triggers stated in the note below. In the same note, the author stresses that she believes she has handled these topics with sensitivity. I did not necessarily think that was so. TRIGGERS: Emotional, sexual, and physical abuse; parental death; human trafficking; and physical and sexual violence.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    Two lives A great book. There is alit of darkness in this book as the disclaimer says. There are a lot of trigger in this book. Best read the disclaimer before reading this book. Nena has experienced worst inhumanity possible. Her whole life, her family, her people all destroyed. Yet she survived and now she will make sure this will never happen again. Now she dispatches the threats. A book is written in both the past and present. The past is written in the first person send you present in the thir Two lives A great book. There is alit of darkness in this book as the disclaimer says. There are a lot of trigger in this book. Best read the disclaimer before reading this book. Nena has experienced worst inhumanity possible. Her whole life, her family, her people all destroyed. Yet she survived and now she will make sure this will never happen again. Now she dispatches the threats. A book is written in both the past and present. The past is written in the first person send you present in the third person. For all the brutality it story of survival and rebuilding that makes this story great for me. I have heard the next book has some good things in store for Nena. I am looking forward to it. As well as her taking out more bad guys as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    2.5 stars Nena Knight, codename Echo is a trained assassin for an organization known as The Tribe, which provides protection to the people of Africa. Ripped from her home and subjected to horrors beyond imagination as a teen, Nena was sold to a sadistic Frenchman before a shocking escape and quick adoption by the leaders of The Tribe. Now Nena is tasked with killing a lawyer for the organization …but cannot pull the trigger after a fateful meeting with his teenage daughter as well as the realizat 2.5 stars Nena Knight, codename Echo is a trained assassin for an organization known as The Tribe, which provides protection to the people of Africa. Ripped from her home and subjected to horrors beyond imagination as a teen, Nena was sold to a sadistic Frenchman before a shocking escape and quick adoption by the leaders of The Tribe. Now Nena is tasked with killing a lawyer for the organization …but cannot pull the trigger after a fateful meeting with his teenage daughter as well as the realization his client is one of the men who sold her into slavery that was believed to be dead. Nena is falling for the lawyer and has a budding motherly affection for his teenager and is also seeking vengeance on the people who destroyed her life. Wow, there is so much going on in this book. It reads like a convoluted action movie with all the stereotypes: an assassin becomes vulnerable when she finds something/someone to care about while simultaneously facing a reckoning with her past. The relationships formed so quickly with little-to-no believable development, events are ridiculously convenient and unbelievable, the surprise twist at the end felt over-the-top and ridiculous. I realized quickly I needed to suspend my disbelief with this story but it had such a range of overused tropes that I rolled my eyes in several places while allowing myself to just be entertained, the same way I would if I still had a cable package and a Jason Statham movie would come on and I was too lazy to find the remote to change the channel. This is part soap opera, part action hero movie - meaning there’s some serious/dramatic topics but they are handled in a surface level way - and I managed to read it all, but only because I was too lazy to get off the couch and find another book. Also extremely important are the numerous trigger warnings including human trafficking, rape/sexual violence, graphic violence/murder/dismemberment. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It's not something I would usually pick up but thanks to Kindle Unlimited I found it on a whim and thought I'd give it a go to try and broaden my reading. It follows Nena, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe. The Tribe is an organisation that essentially protects the rights of the people of Africa and we follow Nena on her journey and how she got into this position of power, to some degree. She had a pretty brutal childhood, witnessing the death of f I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It's not something I would usually pick up but thanks to Kindle Unlimited I found it on a whim and thought I'd give it a go to try and broaden my reading. It follows Nena, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe. The Tribe is an organisation that essentially protects the rights of the people of Africa and we follow Nena on her journey and how she got into this position of power, to some degree. She had a pretty brutal childhood, witnessing the death of family members and being sex trafficked at a young age. At times it could get quite graphic in certain scenes so this book may not be for everyone (themes/trigger warnings: human/sex trafficking, violence, sexual abuse/violence, rape, strong murder scenes). The story is part action, assassin thriller, love story and feminist heroine. One thing I especially liked about this story was the alternating (and nice and short) chapters. In the Before, we would see how Nena's life changes dramatically, witnessing in quite brutal circumstances, how she was sold into sex trafficking, held captive and abused. It then switches to the After, where we meet people who are important to Nena's life, seeing her live a somewhat 'normal' life and assassinating the bad guys essentially. There was so much character growth with Nena as we watch her reclaim her power that she lost at a young age. You can't help but root for her in every instance. I think it was a pretty awesome debut novel and I am very interested in book two when that releases.

  7. 5 out of 5

    M

    Ok, first: WOMAN ASSASSIN, WOMAN ASSASSIN!! The cover is beautiful, and eye catching so before you even open the book it’s pulling you in. This book also has some graphic content in it so it’s not for everyone. The MC Nena is an assassin who was sex trafficked as a child so as you can imagine at times it’s intense reading. The chapters alternate between Nena’s past and present as they collide and intersect. This book starts and does not stop; it kept me completely locked in the whole time! Along Ok, first: WOMAN ASSASSIN, WOMAN ASSASSIN!! The cover is beautiful, and eye catching so before you even open the book it’s pulling you in. This book also has some graphic content in it so it’s not for everyone. The MC Nena is an assassin who was sex trafficked as a child so as you can imagine at times it’s intense reading. The chapters alternate between Nena’s past and present as they collide and intersect. This book starts and does not stop; it kept me completely locked in the whole time! Along with being a true thriller it’s a story about survival, trauma, growth, and retribution. Her Name Is Knight really elicited strong emotion from me, which books don’t typically do. I can’t recommend this book enough. This was the best book I’ve read in a while!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elsa Carrion

    Title: Her Name is Knight (Nena Knight #1) Author: Yasmin Angoe Book # 99-2021 Start/Finish: 10/13 - 10/16 Rating: 4 stars Setting: Ghana ; Florida Length: 431 pgs ; 82 chapters Published: 11/2021 Series: 1 of ? This was soooo close to being a 5 star. But when I heard her forgiving one but not another individual for the exact crimes, she lost credibility with me. Other than that one section, I thought the story was a great story. Theirs's a lot of violence in the story from rape to beheading. Title: Her Name is Knight (Nena Knight #1) Author: Yasmin Angoe Book # 99-2021 Start/Finish: 10/13 - 10/16 Rating: 4 stars Setting: Ghana ; Florida Length: 431 pgs ; 82 chapters Published: 11/2021 Series: 1 of ? This was soooo close to being a 5 star. But when I heard her forgiving one but not another individual for the exact crimes, she lost credibility with me. Other than that one section, I thought the story was a great story. Theirs's a lot of violence in the story from rape to beheading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laz the Sailor

    This is a very good, and very intense, thriller. Nena survives a horrible adolescence, raped and sold off to the highest bidder. There are a lot of detailed descriptions here, so if you've got triggers, you might pass on this one. Rescued by members of a paramilitary group, Nena becomes an assassin. Due to some clever and believable coincidences, she is presented with a quandary, which puts her crossways with a lot of people. The set up is excellent, and the thrilling parts of the middle and end This is a very good, and very intense, thriller. Nena survives a horrible adolescence, raped and sold off to the highest bidder. There are a lot of detailed descriptions here, so if you've got triggers, you might pass on this one. Rescued by members of a paramilitary group, Nena becomes an assassin. Due to some clever and believable coincidences, she is presented with a quandary, which puts her crossways with a lot of people. The set up is excellent, and the thrilling parts of the middle and end are well done. The plot loses some momentum, and a few poor choices are made, but the end is a resounding victory. If not for those minor weaknesses, I would give this book 5-stars. The fact that the story starts in central Africa and continues to involve those countries adds to the inventiveness of the story. GR shows that the author is working on the sequel, and based on the remaining plot threads, I look forward to reading it very much.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Thanks so much to Caro for the rec because this sounds AWESOME

  11. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Wow!!!! First things first I will state this book has some serious trigger warnings for human trafficking, abuse and death. Now that those are out of the way ! THIS BOOK IS EPIC. The story line was beautifully written, the characters feel so real it's as if I know them and I am so sad it's over 💔 definitely wishing for a sequel. I loved that this book centers around people of colour it brings a whole new life and culture to the story. The one thing I that got a bit confusing was the jumping of p Wow!!!! First things first I will state this book has some serious trigger warnings for human trafficking, abuse and death. Now that those are out of the way ! THIS BOOK IS EPIC. The story line was beautifully written, the characters feel so real it's as if I know them and I am so sad it's over 💔 definitely wishing for a sequel. I loved that this book centers around people of colour it brings a whole new life and culture to the story. The one thing I that got a bit confusing was the jumping of perspectives but I honestly wouldn't have changed it because it made it that much more intense. All in all I am deeply in love I can't wait to see what else Yasmin dishes out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Indy Book Wormette

    Strong, Black Female Lead, can it be any better?! I liked the tenacity of the the protagonist: Nena /Echo. She is a survivor and unbelievably strong. It’s not often that we get to read about someone that looks like us being the strong one, the main character and not the side kick or “token”. I liked the theme of family, forgiveness, and self - empowerment. However, I have to warn this is NOT a happy story and the ending definitely wasn’t a happy ever after type of ending. There’s lots of triggers Strong, Black Female Lead, can it be any better?! I liked the tenacity of the the protagonist: Nena /Echo. She is a survivor and unbelievably strong. It’s not often that we get to read about someone that looks like us being the strong one, the main character and not the side kick or “token”. I liked the theme of family, forgiveness, and self - empowerment. However, I have to warn this is NOT a happy story and the ending definitely wasn’t a happy ever after type of ending. There’s lots of triggers; the author articulated the various triggers instead of a prologue. The novel took awhile to draw me in. The parallel timelines were slightly frustrating. On the other hand, in hindsight, I see how it added to the suspense. It forced me to keep reading because I wanted to know how Nena found her adoptive family and her profession:assassin. I recommend this novel if you like a book that has strong Black characters and lots of action. I think you’ll love “Her Name is Knight” by Yasmin Angoe.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    Nena Knight, code name Echo, is a highly trained assassin for The Tribe — a powerful collective committed to the advancement and protection of Africa and its people all over the world. I picked this up expecting an action-packed story about a badass assassin who’s dispatched to help break up a human trafficking ring. And that’s what we got from a heroine who, from a young age, was questioning and aspiring to live a life beyond the confines of the gender norms in her family. What I wasn’t expecti Nena Knight, code name Echo, is a highly trained assassin for The Tribe — a powerful collective committed to the advancement and protection of Africa and its people all over the world. I picked this up expecting an action-packed story about a badass assassin who’s dispatched to help break up a human trafficking ring. And that’s what we got from a heroine who, from a young age, was questioning and aspiring to live a life beyond the confines of the gender norms in her family. What I wasn’t expecting — and was pleasantly surprised by — was a deeply emotional story about family, retribution, reclaiming one’s power, and self-discovery. The story is told in dual timelines — the before and after — encircling a major event in Nena’s life. The before is told in first person from Nena’s perspective and the after is told in third person. It’s brilliantly executed and after a few chapters I realized that the two stories would eventually converge. And they did in the most beautiful way. I felt so many contradictory emotions when reading this — excitement, fear and tension; I laughed and teared up at one point; there were moments that felt heartbreaking and others that made my heart feel so full; and parts of Nena’s story made me question my faith in humanity before completely restoring it. There was also a realistic portrayal of the effects that years of trauma can have one a person in a way I haven’t seen before. The constant push and pull of wanting to be accepted and loved, and wanting to trust but always questioning if it’s possible, real or even safe to do so. It was so well done. The attention to detail, the layers and nuance incorporated into every storyline and character was incredible. Everything happens for a reason and every character serves a purpose even if it’s only temporary. There’s a scene where “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Lianne La Havas is playing and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it was the perfect song for that moment and that I could see and feel everything that was happening. (Side note: I’m obsessed with that song now.) Not to be dramatic but reading this felt like an experience more than just a story. It would make an incredible movie if the right person got their hands on it. I cannot recommend this amazing debut enough! 🤎 And I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out Tamika Katon-Donegal @elite_qt who absolutely killed it on the audiobook!! Ghanaian, British, French, American and Jamaican accents?! 🤯 Incredible!! 👏🏽👏🏽 ⚠️ As always, check the trigger warnings in the forward. The story involves some very heavy issues but the author handles them with a lot of care and sensitivity. There are violent action scenes, but there’s no body horror or graphic or gratuitous descriptions of physical or sexual violence.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Avid

    Intense, Powerful, & Painful WARNING: This book is about a female assassins journey in life who had her innocence and much more taken from her in the most horrific way as a young girl. It was a very powerful book of taking back your life but it may trigger some suffering from PTSD or trying to heal wounds still. There are very graphic scenes of rape, torture, mental abuse, murder, beheadings, and sexual trafficking to give an idea of how intense this book is. Nena turns out to be quite the woman Intense, Powerful, & Painful WARNING: This book is about a female assassins journey in life who had her innocence and much more taken from her in the most horrific way as a young girl. It was a very powerful book of taking back your life but it may trigger some suffering from PTSD or trying to heal wounds still. There are very graphic scenes of rape, torture, mental abuse, murder, beheadings, and sexual trafficking to give an idea of how intense this book is. Nena turns out to be quite the woman warrior/assassin yet in my eyes for all she witnessed, experienced, and still lived through and survived, I feel she was a warrior BEFORE becoming a trained assassin. I do recommend this book but do caution if intense graphic scenes bother you. Enjoy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This book got a lot of buzz before it came out, making me want to check it out. I loved that it was a kindle unlimited read and listen book, definitely made me check it out sooner. There was a note from the author at the start explaining the different points of view, I liked that there were things we were going to get to see in the past and present from Echo, with her thoughts on them. Sadly this book didn't work out for me. I don't know if I can explain why, I both liked Echo and didn't. Mostly This book got a lot of buzz before it came out, making me want to check it out. I loved that it was a kindle unlimited read and listen book, definitely made me check it out sooner. There was a note from the author at the start explaining the different points of view, I liked that there were things we were going to get to see in the past and present from Echo, with her thoughts on them. Sadly this book didn't work out for me. I don't know if I can explain why, I both liked Echo and didn't. Mostly it was the past Echo that I didn't like, how she thought and treated people, odd because I was fine with current day Echo who killed people. In the end this one just wasn't for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Gemes

    I could not put this book down. Read it in one day and just love a book you can’t stop reading! I just loved each of the characters and it’s a story with such depths and richness and what family means, where loyalty lies, what justice is, and how people move through trauma. Loved every second of this book, must read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Schumacher

    Oh. My. GOD!!! Easily now top 3 favorite books! I need the 2nd book now!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Much too violent and unbelievable. And yet I'm looking to see when the next one comes out..... Much too violent and unbelievable. And yet I'm looking to see when the next one comes out.....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Rodriguez

    I have to give this one 5 stars. I usually give 5 stars to books I think everyone should read. This one might not be for everyone, but it is the best book I've read so far this year. There are many reasons why this book excels. First, the characters. There are no superfluous characters in this book. All of them are needed one way or another to make the story better. The main character, Nena, is one of the very few female characters that really kicks ass. The book is related from two of her point o I have to give this one 5 stars. I usually give 5 stars to books I think everyone should read. This one might not be for everyone, but it is the best book I've read so far this year. There are many reasons why this book excels. First, the characters. There are no superfluous characters in this book. All of them are needed one way or another to make the story better. The main character, Nena, is one of the very few female characters that really kicks ass. The book is related from two of her point of views: back when she was a kid, and the current present. Both stories are great, and they make you fall in love with the character. I really like Nena. The story touches many uncomfortable topics. Murder, rape, prostitution, human-trafficking are not easy subjects to talk or write, but the author touches those topics in an artful manner. This is one reason why you should read this book, even if you're not into thrillers. Finally, the way that the story wraps is exactly how it should be. Everything is brought together in a fast pace ride that will keep you turning pages like crazy. I highly recommend this book, and you should definitely read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Cookster

    Rating: 2.2/5 Firstly, I would like to draw the attention of potential readers to the fact that this novel contains subject matter that some people may find offensive or distressing. You should not even consider reading this book if you are likely to be disturbed by any of the following: frequent use of expletives; emotional, sexual and physical abuse; parental death; decapitation; human trafficking; rape and other examples of both physical and sexual violence. Where these events occur they are a Rating: 2.2/5 Firstly, I would like to draw the attention of potential readers to the fact that this novel contains subject matter that some people may find offensive or distressing. You should not even consider reading this book if you are likely to be disturbed by any of the following: frequent use of expletives; emotional, sexual and physical abuse; parental death; decapitation; human trafficking; rape and other examples of both physical and sexual violence. Where these events occur they are also often described quite graphically rather than simply being referenced in passing. That aside, I would acknowledge that plenty of other early readers and reviewers have rated this highly, so it may well be that my opinion is a bit of an outlier in this instance. Not that I don't think there are aspects of this debut novel from Yasmin Angoe that are praiseworthy - there are certainly some impressive elements, but I found it disappointing in other respects. I felt the narrative needed to be tighter and there were sections that simply meandered when they should have been more concise and punchy. The narrative runs across two non-specific timelines referred to only as "Before" and "After". The "Before" chapters relate to Nena's earlier life, initially in Ghana, and is told in the first person present tense. The "After" sections use the past tense and the third person. For the most part the chapters alternate between "Before" and "After", which works okay, but there are occasions when the quite regimented alternation of timeframe disrupts the flow of the story and has an adverse effect on the maintenance of excitement levels or the readers' emotional investment in the characters. On the whole, I found the "Before" sections to be more engaging and impressively written. For the most part this is where we are able to see a strong female character who has battled through adversity. The "after" sections tend more towards the superficial and have an air of "playing to the crowd". There were also other times when I found the author's style to be strangely inconsistent with the pitch and choice of language seeming disjointed or out of place. I can accept, to a point, that this may have had a deliberate element designed to display the changing nature of Nena's character, but, if that was indeed the intention, I am not sure that it always achieved its aim. I believe that a sequel is planned to "Her Name is Knight" but while this debut novel has its merits, I am not sure that it has done enough to tempt me back for book two.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sherer

    I so wanted to like this book, but found so much to dislike in the first 80 pages that I had a hard time deciding whether or not to finish. While well written, the premise is highly derivative. The trained assassin trope is well worn, but I found myself asking so many questions in the first few chapters that I wondered if I could suspend disbelief long enough to keep reading. Like why is her team so large? And if they’re all trained killers what sets Nena apart? Why is she assigned the big marks I so wanted to like this book, but found so much to dislike in the first 80 pages that I had a hard time deciding whether or not to finish. While well written, the premise is highly derivative. The trained assassin trope is well worn, but I found myself asking so many questions in the first few chapters that I wondered if I could suspend disbelief long enough to keep reading. Like why is her team so large? And if they’re all trained killers what sets Nena apart? Why is she assigned the big marks? And who or what is The Tribe to be making these life or death kinds of decisions? If its reach is so extensive and its resources so vast, why not solve problems through the law rather than taking the law into its vengeful and vigilante hands? Seems to me that Nena would have been better served by her creator to be a lone assassin like John Rain or Evan Smoak, to name just two. Or more in her vein, like Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Munroe, who explored similar themes to great effect a decade or more ago. Angie’s best writing and most compelling storytelling are the chapters told from Nena’s POV, and they are heart-rending and gut-wrenching. Though it’s not untrodden ground, it’s tilled beautifully if savagely, which is appropriate for the subject. I just wish I had more reasons to like Nena and her cause.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Latai (Nadiasbookishworld86)

    “Surprise is a luxury you can’t always afford.” Nena, AKA Echo is a trained assassin out for blood to avenge her Ghanaian tribe. She has experienced unimaginable trauma and needs to rectify the wrongs done to her family. This debut book by Yasmin Angoe is so beyond brilliant ! My entire being was wrapped in this story that pulled out so many emotions and thoughts. I could see myself in Nena, willing to protect her family at any cost. Legacy is important and If you don’t fight for it, who will? Wh “Surprise is a luxury you can’t always afford.” Nena, AKA Echo is a trained assassin out for blood to avenge her Ghanaian tribe. She has experienced unimaginable trauma and needs to rectify the wrongs done to her family. This debut book by Yasmin Angoe is so beyond brilliant ! My entire being was wrapped in this story that pulled out so many emotions and thoughts. I could see myself in Nena, willing to protect her family at any cost. Legacy is important and If you don’t fight for it, who will? What we experience in childhood runs deep within for years to come and shape who we become. Nena has to be one of the best heroines I’ve come across! This cover alone caught my attention. Mission Impossible meets Alias meets Revenge meets The Count of Monte Cristo. Read this book!!! This story reaches and stays with the reader. This is a book lover’s book . 🖤🖤🖤🖤 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+

  23. 4 out of 5

    M.

    “You know what gets me by each day I see one of my boys dead or watch all this crazy political shit going on? Knowing there is a real place out there. Knowing that Africa, in its entirety, is an amalgamation of Zamunda and Wakanda, and I can always go there if I need it.” Dear Penny, Imaginary Book Friend, I want to tell you about Her Name is Knight, and how good it was. First, I have to warn that there's extreme violence and graphic sexual assault. Nena is from Ghana, where as a girl she had her “You know what gets me by each day I see one of my boys dead or watch all this crazy political shit going on? Knowing there is a real place out there. Knowing that Africa, in its entirety, is an amalgamation of Zamunda and Wakanda, and I can always go there if I need it.” Dear Penny, Imaginary Book Friend, I want to tell you about Her Name is Knight, and how good it was. First, I have to warn that there's extreme violence and graphic sexual assault. Nena is from Ghana, where as a girl she had her whole world destroyed, and saw and experienced the unimaginable. The book is told on two timelines, one outlining what happened in Ghana, and how it lead her to be a trained assassin, and a modern day timeline in which Nena's past and present collide. Modern day Nena has been adopted into a powerful family that wants a unified, powerful Africa. She kills to assist in that goal. Obviously, there's moral ambiguity, and the possibility of abuse in the system. Her adoptive family is genuinely loving and close, and that aspect is one I look forward to seeing in future books. Nena has the literal and figurative scars of the past, and if she has a weakness, it's for the plight of vulnerable young girls like she once was. She becomes close to a girl she saves in a dark alley, and soon falls in love with the girl's dad -- who has THE most inconvenient profession. This book hits the instalove hard, too hard really, but the story was working for me on so many levels that I rolled with it. Ideally, that portion would have had a little longer to play out. There's a twist that almost had me on the floor. "Noooooooo way! Are you kidding?!?!" I was invested in the story, and moved by it, and entertained, and I can't wait for book 2. Nitpick: You can't hiss a sentence that doesn't contain the letter "S." Oh, this was an AmazonFirstRead selection. Best Book Wishes, Michelle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I read this book to expand my familiarity with strong female characters and action/crime books, as I edit books or will be editing books in these genres. It was also available as a free Amazon Prime monthly read. I enjoyed it more than I expected to, coming to know Nena Knight and root for her. I often forgot I was doing “research”, getting lost in the story. Although there are some brutal scenes to read, I didn’t think it went into over-the-top or gratuitous violence. Unfortunately, it fit the I read this book to expand my familiarity with strong female characters and action/crime books, as I edit books or will be editing books in these genres. It was also available as a free Amazon Prime monthly read. I enjoyed it more than I expected to, coming to know Nena Knight and root for her. I often forgot I was doing “research”, getting lost in the story. Although there are some brutal scenes to read, I didn’t think it went into over-the-top or gratuitous violence. Unfortunately, it fit the story and some of it was more probable than some of the plot twists. I’ll be watching for book #2 in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Geri Seavey

    Great story, such well developed characters, overcoming loss of family and innocence. Conflict between black and white, living in that 'gray' space in-between. Triumph over sorrow. Can't wait to read the next Knight novel! Great story, such well developed characters, overcoming loss of family and innocence. Conflict between black and white, living in that 'gray' space in-between. Triumph over sorrow. Can't wait to read the next Knight novel!

  26. 4 out of 5

    GEOrocks

    Intense, quick read. Short chapters alternating between past and present. The then-now chapters actually made some of the brutality and violence slightly more bearable and definitely made Nema more likable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eric Nehrlich

    It's the standard spy assassin thriller type novel like John Rain, but with an African woman as the protagonist. Nothing too surprising in the plot, right down to the hardened assassin being disarmed by a young girl (also seen in the movies Gunpowder Milkshake and Kate). But having the cultural background of Ghana changes things up to make it more interesting. It's the standard spy assassin thriller type novel like John Rain, but with an African woman as the protagonist. Nothing too surprising in the plot, right down to the hardened assassin being disarmed by a young girl (also seen in the movies Gunpowder Milkshake and Kate). But having the cultural background of Ghana changes things up to make it more interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    3.5 stars rounded up

  29. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Kennon

    The author starts the book with a trigger warning, but I still wasn't expecting the details and depth of the trauma described. Very challenging to read. The author starts the book with a trigger warning, but I still wasn't expecting the details and depth of the trauma described. Very challenging to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jolene Alton

    This dual timeline book is written from the perspective of Nena in her evolving present and traumatic past; from having her life ripped from her in Ghana as a child, to being a highly trained assassin based in Miami. This book was powerfully and immersively written. This is a rather violent thriller, with scenes of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; parental death; human trafficking; and physical and emotional violence, so be prepared. I wouldn’t say these scenes are “overboard” as they are This dual timeline book is written from the perspective of Nena in her evolving present and traumatic past; from having her life ripped from her in Ghana as a child, to being a highly trained assassin based in Miami. This book was powerfully and immersively written. This is a rather violent thriller, with scenes of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; parental death; human trafficking; and physical and emotional violence, so be prepared. I wouldn’t say these scenes are “overboard” as they are in some thrillers, you know the ones that are just there for almost the shock value. These scenes in this book, as they are written, depict and give magnitude to the depths of the characters, how their pasts and presents can collide and conflict with their being and decisions. This story in short is one of survival, family, and retribution, of regaining one’s power and owning who you are, regardless of what anyone calls you. Occasionally the plot was a bit predictable, but not overly so as a whole, and I will absolutely read the second one when it comes out.

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