Koffi is only sixteen, but has magical powers that if found out, could cost her life. She stuck indentured to the Night Zoo until she can pay off her family's debts. Then when her family is threatened by the master of the zoo her powers are revealed and her life is changed.
Ekon is destined to become an elite warrior and is expected to maintain the family legacy. During the night of the final rites of passage he encounters a beast and Koffi who seems to the ability to ward off the beast. Both feel that their problems are solved by going after the beast with a complex alliance, dangerous magic, and wild jungles.
This sounds like a very fascinating fantasy novel that I would absolutely love to read. I love the cover and think it's quite beautiful.