"Nick Medina’s debut is at once compassionate, heartbreaking, and gripping.”—Barnes and Noble
"Medina’s debut is a stunning, tense read. I can’t wait to read more from him.”—BuzzFeed
"With the excellent Sisters of the Lost Nation
, Nick Medina expertly balances Native mythology, a grounded coming of age story, and a modern, all too real and terrible mystery of Native girls going missing. Gripping, heartbreaking, and vital, this is a novel you won't soon forget, and Anna Horn will no doubt become one of your most cherished fictional characters."
, national bestselling author of A Head Full of Ghosts
and The Pallbearers Club
"Sisters of the Lost Nation
weaves Native folklore with truths that we feel in our bones to create a story that is as beautiful as it is sad, as powerful as it is frightening, as familiar as it is otherworldly."
, author of The Fervor
and The Hunger
“Nick Medina’s Sisters of the Lost Nation
is a powerful debut novel that drops you in a unique world filled with horrors, both real and mythological. It grips you from the start, engages you to the finish and stays with you after.”
, author of City Under One Roof
"A pulse-pounding horror thriller with a riveting central mystery, Medina's debut is a masterclass in suspense. It's also a moving portrayal of the painful rift between past and present, and an urgent reminder of the profound importance of storytelling, of being heard, seen, and remembered."
, author of Such Sharp Teeth
"Sisters of the Lost Nation
is a dark and excruciatingly timely debut about the very real horror of Native girls going missing. Medina’s decisive authorial voice and unforgettable characters make for an incredibly powerful read."
author of The Year of the Witching
"Nick Medina’s debut is a marvelous fusion of the thrilling, the dark, and the uncanny. Nothing in this novel was exactly as I expected it to be; its many denizens behave as real people do, with heartbreaking and sometimes hair-raising unpredictability—and the ending will eat you alive. Simply the best book I’ve read this year.”
, author of The Better Liar
“Sisters of the Lost Nation
is a gripping and compelling story that’s as poignant as it is timely. Medina’s spectacular blend of tribal mythology, atmospheric settings, and a lead character who settles right into your heart make this book unforgettable.”
—Hannah Mary McKinnon
, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home
“Medina’s debut blends mystery and Indigenous American mythologies to great effect…Though the Takoda tribe is not a real one, the author has based it on existing Indigenous nations, and the crimes against Indigenous women in the book are sadly realistic. But it’s the importance of stories, and who gets to keep and tell them, that’s at the heart of Medina’s gothic mystery.”
"Who’s responsible for the disappearance of members of Louisiana’s Takoda tribe? That question, inspired by the real-life epidemic of disappearances of Native Americans in both the U.S. and Canada, drives the plot of Medina’s pulse-pounding debut....Medina resolves the plot well and gracefully weaves real-life concerns about disappearing Native people into the whodunit plot. This author is off to a strong start."
“A rapid-fire mix of mystery, drama and mythology, Sisters of the Lost Nation
blends Native American culture seamlessly into a multi-faceted murder-mystery thriller…[and] supplies the powerful narrative that embracing oneself is crucial to cultivating growth and strength.”
—Deep South Magazine