They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha 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 killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to control her powers–and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Goodreads rating: 4.09/5🌟
My rating: 4.2/5🌟
This book was so nicely-paced that I didn’t need to check what page I was on every time I finished a chapter. It engrossed me, pulled me deep into the world that was amazingly written and built. It was such a page-turner that I often lost track of time when reading it, chapter by chapter. What I liked even more about this book was that the chapters were short and were based from different POVs of the main characters!
At first, I thought that the romance was unnecessary. But after so many sexual tensions between the characters, I was hooked. I needed more of their romance. So I didn’t…hate it. I actually kinda liked it. The romance between Tzain and Amari was cute, but it was also gratuitous. But again, I didn’t hate it.
The symbolisms in this book had me floored. It depicted so much about what was happening in the world, still is–the oppression that Black people have been facing for centuries now. Since Tomi Adeyemi actually meant this book to be able to be correlated with the reality of our lives, it made the book much more impactful.
While there were so many likeable things about this book, I also found that there was quite a repetition of words used in this book, particularly ‘gods’ and ‘skies’. I might actually start using ‘skies’ as a curse word after this lol. I also felt that some parts were rushed, especially when the other maji were learning they could still do magic–as if they didn’t need to learn it properly before actually using their magic against the enemies.
The ending was not like how I expected it to be, and because of that, I TRULY LOVED IT.
But anyhow, I truly enjoyed the reading journey I had while reading this.
Goodreads: Nur Khairanie Jumadi