Hi Gemmies! Today I am reviewing the two books in the Legacy of Orisha series by Tomi Adeyemi. This is one of my absolute favorite series....ever. I will try to keep this review spoiler free but my emotions are all over the place after finishing Children of Virtue and Vengeance, so no promises!
Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in the series. This book absolutely blew my mind. I love this lush vivid world Tomi created. Think Black Panther meets Game of Thrones meets The Magicians. It is so detailed and complex that I can visualize it. I also love how Tomi weaves in Yoruba culture and beliefs. We follow several characters throughout the book and get multiple points of view, but the main protaganist is Zelie a young maji girl who has lost her Mother and other loved ones due to the King's tyranny. Maji used to have magic until one day it was gone. Now Zeli is on a mission to bring it back to save her people. This book has love, adventure, girl power, heartbreak, and loss. You will find yourself rooting for Zelie and her crew to win!
Synopsis of Children of Blood and Bone from Goodreads: 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 killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the sequel, was released Tuesday, December 3rd. I stayed up all night to finish it! Gemmies, I am NOT OK!!!! This book absolutely destroyed me and all of my emotions. CVV starts immediately after the events in CBB, but ups the stakes times 1000. There is so much pain and heartbreak in this book it takes your breathe away. There are also a lot of parallels to current social events like Black Lives Matter, police brutality, elitism, and racism. Like Children of Blood and Bone, we receive point of views of the issues from both the oppressed and the privileged. This gives the story a much deeper dimension. I wont give away any spoilers, but I will say that Children of Virtue and Vengeance ends on a major cliffhanger. If the story is going where I think it will go, then we can expect a tornado of emotions in Book Three!
Synopsis of Children of Virtue and Vengeance from Goodreads: 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
There is a contract for Book Three, but there is no information on a title or release date.I assume the release will be sometime in 2020....I hope!!! Both of these books bring light to social injustices people of color face all over the globe, but especially in America today, just in a fantasy setting. I highly recommend you read them and add them to your library. Happy Reading!