Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Tomi Adeyemi

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781529034431

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the breathtaking second title in Tomi Adeyemi's YA fantasy trilogy, Legacy of Orisha, following her ground-breaking, West African-inspired debut Children of Blood and Bone. After battling the impossible, Zelie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orisha. But the ritual was more powerful than they imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji but also some nobles with magic ancestry. Now, Zelie struggles to unite the maji in an Orisha where the enemy is just as strong and magical as they are. When Amari's mother forms an army of royals with newly awakened powers, Zelie fights to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath. But with civil war looming on the horizon, Zelie finds herself at a breaking point: she must find a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orisha tears itself apart.

Librarian's Book choice

How I wish that I had book three in my hands now! The ending to this epic fantasy adventure is amazing and it leaves you wanting to read more...

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the second book in the epic magical fantasy adventure of the Legacy of Orisha Trilogy. At the end of the first book Zelie awakened the magic of Orisha, making the Magi powerful once again; but things didn't turn out as planned as she also awakened magic in the nobles of the Kingdom with devastating consequences.

Now that both sides of the war have equal power, how will she bring the Kingdom together and stop Orisha being torn apart? Who can she trust? Have her powers truly developed, or does Zelie have to lose someone else she loves before they do?

This is a well thought out and planned second book. It keeps the reader engaged with breathless pacing and wonderful world building. The story contains short action filled chapters narrated by the leading characters in the plot, Zelie, Inan and Amari giving the reader a different perspective on the war and relationships between the nobles and the magi.

This is a powerful, mythological story of woven words and emotions. A little warning here... the story does contain mild scenes of torture, death and violence but that is offset with the scenes of magic, love, trust and friendship.

416 pages that most confident 12+ well read readers will quickly get through, as it is pacy, at times intense and very well written. It would also be great for book clubs and intervention groups as there are many discussion points.

I hate repeating myself but this book ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, so I hope that book three will soon be on its way. Enjoy the magic!

416 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Linda Brown, school librarian