Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Length: 525 pages
Description from Goodreads:
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 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.
Man, oh man. I’ve been feeling a bit reluctant to pick up overly hyped books after reading a few books that everyone raves about and hating them. Since this book had so much high praise, I was a bit worried at first that it wouldn’t live up to expectation. But boy was I wrong.
I loved pretty much everything about this book.
The characters were incredibly well-written and fleshed out. Each was so unique, and even though the main character was Zélie, each of the characters had a complete, unique character arc. Plus, the point of view switches between three of the characters so you get to view the story from three different perspectives.
The worldbuilding was just fantastic. Reading the description, it seemed like it would draw some similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it ended up being so much more than that. I honestly just want to read this book again already, just to live out the story in this world again.
At 525 pages, the book was on the long side for a YA novel, but despite its length the pacing was phenomenal. I can’t think of any point in the story where there’s a lull or nothing interesting is happening.
The writing was also incredible. This is Tomi Adeyemi’s first novel and she really hit it out of the park. I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series.
I could go on about the things I loved, but don’t want to risk spoiling anything. Just trust me, this book is great.