Book Reviews

Children Of Virtue and Vengeance: Book Review.

Title: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Published: December 3, 2019

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Official Summary:

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.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

In the second book of the Legacy of Orisha trilogy has its highs and lows. It does improve upon certain issues from the first novel, but it also came with a handful of new problems.

In the first novel, Children Of Blood And Bone, the magic was undefined and at times convenient. In the second book however, the magic of the magi did seem to be a bit more restricted with some unspoken rules. On the other end of the spectrum, the magic of the tîtáns was intentionally unrestrained and as we are frequently reminded, too powerful.

There was character development in this novel, and for the most part I was not a fan.

Tomi Adeyemi seemed to pit two of our main characters Amari and Zélie for every reason yet no reason at all. She seemed to find every reason in the book for Zélie and Amari to fight, in doing this damaging their friendship and coming close to cutting ties that readers have formed with and earlier version of this character.

Zélie, Amari and her brother Inan all seemed to have this strong belief in something for no reason. In fact, the past events these characters went through actually backs up the opposite.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance while it was an improvement in certain areas of the story, was kind of a step down on the enjoyment scale compared to Children of Blood and Bone but it was still a very good read.

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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