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
I don’t know if I can put my full thoughts into how beautiful and amazing this book was. I didn’t really know much about it until a friend shared that she was reading the arc and loved it, so I figured what the hell ill give it a shot. I love this book, this is easily my second favorite book this year. After finishing the audiobook, I ordered the B&N Edition last night so would have it to put on my collection shelf.
The writing in this novel is incredible. The character growth in Zelie alone is fantastic, she changes so much and endures a tremendous amount of hell. You cant help but feel for the characters and their pain if you are any form of a human being with a heart.The way Tomi intertwines black lives matter and this book where amazing. This is the book is a big eye opener for anyone that doesn’t understand the movement.
Your main character Zelie is a girl from Orisha. She watched as her mother was hung simply for having magic. The Kingdom saw something different and powerful and they killed all the adults and took the magic away. Now Zelie has the chance to possibly bring back the magic so that her people will be treated with respect and not killed simply because of who they are.
I enjoyed one aspect of this book and I will do my best to keep this spoiler-free. One of the characters from the kingdom struggles with which side to pick in this battle. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they still cling to the kingdom. That inner struggle was a great aspect of the book. To me it showed some people can change, they just can’t let go of an aspect of their lives to change until its too late or they are so brainwashed by something that they want to change but they choose not too.
I can not wait for the second novel, as I just can’t accept that is where the book ends. Personally, I hope there are 5 or 6 books in this series. It was such a fantastic read, I can’t explain how good it was. Did I mention I suck with words, especially when I book is just that damn fantastic.