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.
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Published: March 6th 2018
Legacy of Orïsha #1
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Attempted Rape, Physical Abuse, Death, Murder, Gore, Torture, War Themes, Racism
So… I attempted to update my status on Goodreads while reading… and it went great! Until I gave up. It’s a lot of work, stopping to type on my slow phone. But I digress.
The concept for this book is really unique and well executed. This is Nigerian inspired story, everyone is a POC, so it gets an A+ from me. And for a 500+ paged book, it reads really quickly? I remember saying I wanted to put it off because of all the pages.
Set in the fictional land of Orïsha, we have an adventure story about a girl, her brother and a princess rushing against the clock to restore magic to the world and complete a ritual before the approaching solstice is over and magic is lost forever.
Now, we have all the mixings of a YA Fantasy – runaway royalty, tormented soldiers, the embrace vs suppress magic – yet not once did I think this was boring or lost interest. The darker themes of racially-charged violence and war add more to the story. It’s a driving force for Zélie and what that took from her.
The characters as a whole were great. Of course I ended up loving Zélie, her fierce unapologetic anger at the injustices that befalls her people. As for her brother Tzain, he said some things towards the end that I was not okay with and did something that rubbed me the wrong way, but you can see the love he has for his sister and visa versa. Amari though… her character development was something I lived for. Not once in the story was she mean spirited, she stayed her kind self and the friendship between the two girls was GOLD.
I liked how Inan was handled, he wasn’t fixed in a day and became perfect because he was labelled the love interest. He was complex and his inner conflict felt real. As the love interest… I’m a little conflicted. I like it, hate-to-love is my jammy jam, yet don’t really have any concrete feelings about it at the same time. Makes sense?
Towards the end, not only did I get extremely confused about Inan’s decisions, but the ending is missing my mind as well. Click here for some spoilery thoughts 😉 .
He made a decision to kill all the magic and we thought he was on board with the program… so are him and Zélie good? Is this to add angst in the next book? IS MAGIC REALLY DEAD? I mean, Amari started glowing and then the feelings of dread appeared… I’m a little confused.
I’m dedicating this area to my favorite quotes, because damn.
“I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.”
“As it fades, I see the truth – in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.”
“Fool yourself all you want, little prince, but don’t feign innocence with me. I won’t let your father get away with what he’s done. I wont let your ignorance silence my pain.”
^ That one’s my favorite ❤ .