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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were...
First I really liked this book and all of a sudden all the interesting parts about rescuing magic and standing up against tyrants was ignored for a completely unnecessary romance story. I threw the book into a corner for about a month. I only started again because I do not like unfinished books.
This seems to be another fantasy series that is probably going to be a trilogy with as great concept for a world and not much else. I would really like to be wrong though because the world is absolutely beautiful and interesting.
This book was 525 pages of outstanding literature! A strong cast of character and three POVs made this one a true joy to read. Join Zélie, Amari, And more on an adventure to save their world.
I really loved how this one started out.
The only real issue I had with this one was the language. I think using the conjunctions of don’t etc made this seem very informal when their world felt like it would be VERY formal. So that was a little off putting. But other than that it had great pace and an amazing story.
The three POVs worked out well we get a villain, a princess, and the heroin to follow and it worked out so well. We got to see this world from three very different POVs. One of Zélie where she is in the middle of all the hatred that is thrown at her culture, then we got one of the princess who had friended someone from the culture but was still not directly connected to it, than we had Inan who as the future king was torn between what he has learned from his father as well as what he has seen and learned from Zélie. It game me the reader a wider perspective of the world and story at large. And it made it very interesting. It reminded me of The Black Witch if we would have gotten different POVs from the other creatures and beings in that world.
As for the characters themselves they were all a hit. I loved that no one was protected and everyone could lose if they made the wrong chose. No one was really safe and this made the feel very real. In a time when just going to the store can end I. Tragedy this made for a very real story with very true outcomes. Even if it was centered around magic.
The distinction of those who were magic users having white hair was fantastical and the ending made so much more sense because of it. I really loved how each culture was described within this one.
The story itself was well paced and it never let up. I was never bored within the 525 pages and the epilogue was perfect! I couldn’t pit it down and even fell asleep reading because I was so engrossed in the story. I just didn’t want to stop.
If your looking for a fantasy about culture, survival, magic, epic adventure, and hope you found it right here!!