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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Series: Legacy of Orisha #2
Published by MacMillan on December 3, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 13 hours, 27 minutes
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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.
It was quite a wait to continue Legacy of Orisha series, and then it took me almost 6 months to listen to The Children of Virtue & Vengeance. This series should be read in order and I am going to have some spoilers here if you have not read the first book, The Children of Blood and Bone. I did very well at describing the world and the emotional timbre in my review of the first book, which I won’t repeat here.
We get the story of a world through the eyes of three young adults. There is the brother and sister, Zelie and Zane, who are from maji families who now have their magic back, after years of oppression and tyranny of the monarchy. The other brother and sister, are Inan and Amari, who are the children of the King. Our point of view is mostly through the two females Zelie and Amari, but occasionally we get Inan’s view. I don’t know why Zane isn’t better developed but it could be he doesn’t have as much magic.
The characters are so young, right around twenty. They are in brutal battles and have crushing decisions to make which affect many lives. They are so hopeful and compassionate; they all have the country’s best interest at heart but there emotions are explosive and they are the worst when it comes to trust. Others sway their actions and betray them, and they end up hurting each other and themselves. I felt so hopeless because I could feel their mistrust and the way it would ruin their ability to achieve the peace and working together which was needed and what they truly wanted.
I felt so much pain and unhappiness at the violence, death and prejudice. They try SO hard and yet things just go wrong. In spite of the mistakes, they keep trying, but I would say no one really succeeds with so much violence and death. The ending is an upheaval and I can’t say where things will go from here. I’m not even sure who survived.
The narration really added to the distinct feel of this world and these characters. Both female and male voices felt appropriate. The performance gave me a wide range of emotions. I listened at 1.5x speed comfortably.
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