This fictional diary presents the story of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a 16th-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to someday lead her kingdom against invading Portuguese slave traders.
"Nzingha...was born in a land in which women were predestined to be subservient to men’s whims. Nzingha, however, broke that rule and, following her father’s footsteps, became a leader after his death... [T]he author’s use of time lines, seasons, and actual place names makes the story believable and interesting... The maps, photos, glossary, illustrations, and genealogical trees enhance the presentation." — School Library Journal