Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orisha
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Edition: Hardcover (525 pages)
Release Date: March 6, 2018
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 Repear 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.
This was yet another one that I had to read for my young adult fiction class. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I did think that it dragged on a bit at times. I bet I only think that because it was a book I had to read for class. I’m sure that if I had picked it up on my own, I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more.
I really loved Zelie. She was such an awesome and powerful character. She was ruthless yet sweet, and I loved how much she cared for everyone in her life. I also love that the book itself was told in three different point of views, including Zelie, Amari, and Inan. It really gave a strong mixture of perspectives, which let you see the story from many different vantage points.
I also really appreciated the character development of all the characters throughout this book. I wouldn’t have wanted it any differently! The ending was also crazy. I really want to talk about it but don’t want to spoil anything! I know that I’ll probably pick up book 2 at some point, even though this one wasn’t one that I loved.