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 Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.
- Pages – 525
- Author – Tomi Adeyemi
- Publish Date – March 6th 2018
- Rating – 5/5
- Genres – Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”
– Tomi Adeyemi
What can I say about this book apart from the fact that I felt so many emotions in such a short space of time and that, I absolutely flipping loved it. It ticked all of the boxes for me, I liked all the characters, the world was amazing and the story-line just kept on giving and giving right until the end. I really recommend this brilliant book.
Also, the ending is a cliffhanger, yaaaaaaaaaaas. I love a cliffhanger so I cannot WAIT for the second book.
This is the first novel in a long time which has actually kept me guessing the whole way through. I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen and I sat through about 5 hours of straight reading to find out, I was in love. (heart eyes bursting out of eye sockets) I also love books which switch between characters in chapters, it gives it that edge of having all the different characters perspectives.
“They don’t hate you, my child. They hate whact you were meant to become.”
– Tomi Adeyemi
The main character Zelie is such a strong young woman that she really is an inspiration to everyone reading this. Actually a lot of the characters are, Aaliyah is so intricate and she really progresses as a character which is amazing to see and read through. I even started to like Inan and I have no idea what is going on with him which makes me want the next book now please!
I could also really immerse myself in what was going on in Zelie’s world, I could imagine the environments they were in and what the characters looked like in my head! Some of the scenes are so epic! I found myself reading quicker to find out what in the world happens! The writing was really wonderful.
The ending has left me stumped, not in a bad way. But, I think I read through the last couple of pages about five times before I had to force myself to accept that I now have to wait what will feel like eternity for the next book. The story is nothing like I have ever read before and honestly I don’t even know if I could personally think of some flaws within it.
Maybe I’m too love struck, but I really appreciate this novel.
I would recommend everyone to get this! It’s so powerful and different to so many books out there! I understand not everybody will like this story, but I feel like it’s so different from other YA books that it least it gives us readers something unique.
How amazing that Tomi Adeyemi has given us something so different and BEAUTIFUL at the same time. She is amazing.
Simply put, I want to hug her.