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“Meet Tomi Adeyemi—the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good).” —Entertainment Weekly
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.
With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times-bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
“Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.” –The New York Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s dazzling word-of-mouth hit, Children of Blood and Bone, is a powerful parable about class, corruption, and violence. As the story opens, magic-wielding young rebels Zélie and Amari discover the unintended consequences of their victorious battle against the oppressive King Saran—they’ve awakened a powerful, potentially catastrophic evil. Thanks to Adeyemi’s electric, enchanting prose, we cared deeply about her characters and the war-torn magical land of Orisha. Children of Virtue and Vengeance is a strange, wondrous, and fast-moving fantasy that’s incredibly relevant to the real world.
This sequel to Children of Blood and Bone picks up three weeks after the clash that dispatched Z lie's father and brought loss to Or sha's royal family. Z lie hoped that restoring magic to Or sha would end the subjugation of its white-haired maji clans; regrettably, however, Z lie's ritual also triggered the latent abilities of nobles with maji ancestry, including Princess Amari and the tyrannical Queen Nehanda. These "t t ns" need no incantations to wield magic, rendering them unspeakably powerful and dangerously volatile. With a civil war brewing, Amari makes a bid for the crown, promising peace and equality; Nehanda enthrones another, however, and contrives to use an army of t t ns to eradicate the maji. Meanwhile, maji rebels dubbed the Iyika aim to assassinate Or sha's nobles and install Z lie as queen. Adeyemi's thrilling second Legacy of Or sha novel ups the stakes and expands the series' mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution. Shoehorned romance and manufactured friction between protagonists aside, Adeyemi delivers a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch. Ages 14 up.
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Ugh I was not expecting a plot twist!!!! It crept up on me so clean!! Before I knew it the book was ending. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast in my life! Tomi does a great job building these characters and adding to their story arc but by bit. You slowly fall in love with them, learn to hate them, understand them, and then see hope for them all at the same time. Great job! Ugh the plot teist!!!!
I loved the first book, and the second is just as awesome!!!!!
Tomi Adeyemi is brilliant in this novel that mixes fantasy, with deep themes of culture, family, spirituality, oppression, and perseverance. Love that she didn’t take a traditional stance of a European antagonist. Comparing her to any other author is missing the point. Excellent read for all ages.