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.
So it’s been a while since I’ve felt like I need to recover from a book. But this one.THIS BOOK has totally wiped me out. Completely. So much so that I’m not sure I can give a proper review but I will endeavor to try. Here we go!
From the first couple of pages and chapters, I could already tell it was going to be an action-packed fantasy. What I wasn’t expecting was to basically love all the protagonists and an antagonist or to feel all the anxiety I felt watching Avatar the Last Airbender.
I will admit that the author used the general outline for YA Fantasy however there were some clear additions. The first and most obvious being that it is set in a world where black people are the majority. That evil doesn’t exist on the basis of race but rather magic versus non-magic. I would have loved to have read this adventure and pour my soul into is as much as I did with Harry Potter growing up.
The pace was consistent with hurdles and trials lurking in every corner and bursts of true genuine happiness sprinkled about. I will say though for some chapters I felt like the story lagged a bit. It was as if all the action sort of drained me and I was losing my zeal for the story. However, I picked it right up and continued.
Zelié and her brother Tzain have special parts of my heart. All of their anguish, their fears, their anger and their determination were reminiscent of what I know a majority of the Black Diaspora feels today.
Overall, this was a great read and I can’t wait to continue the story. And hopefully soon because that cliffhanger? Just rude Tomi Adeyemi!