Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Series – Orïsha triology, book ii

Author – Tomi Adeyemi

Publisher – Panmacmillan

Genre – Fantasy

Look at the beautiful cover

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

My views –

I loved the first book, children of blood and bones. It was one of my favourite books of 2018 and I stand by my choice. I was eagerly waiting for the second book,but I felt i was suffering from ‘ sequel syndrome’

So far even with the ritual gone wrong, Zelié manages to bring the magic back not only to the Magi but also to the nobles.

Now a new stronger ‘titans’ are posing a threat to magis and they don’t even need the incantations like magis to ‘activate’ their powers & Even though the nobles were earlier all about removing the magic from the kingdom, now are more than happy to use it themselves against the Magi.

Both the sides are filled with rage and hatred towards each other and seems like they will stop at nothing,to get Orïsha and now with the new magical power, it’s all too dangerous.

I loved how much the characters of Amari, Inan and Zelié has grown. They are trying to fit-in in their new found ‘adult roles’.

Inan( yes !! he is alive) and his mother has declared him the king,he is trying to keep up the promise he made to Zelié but the snowball effect of hatred and misunderstandings keeps on bringing out the worst.

Amari and Zelié on the other hand are now stuck up with the guilt to making things worse for Orïsha. They both want to fix things they broke but choose very different paths.

“My name is Amari Asiwaju,” I declare to my reflection in the cracked mirror. “Daughter of King Saran. Sister to the late crown prince.”

Amari before claiming the throne

Amari has grown into this strong queen who is willing to bring peace to Orïsha and Zelié has taken a bit of backseat now,Though I’m very happy that they continued with their amazing sisterhood goals equations and keep on standing for each other. But do we really needed a monarch/noble to save the magis in Orïsha? I thought the whole point of the series was that the magis have been wronged by the monarchs for years and now they rise.

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.Now we rise.

Quote from the book cover

Also as now being responsible for their sides they cannot just take any decisions, it’s not only their lives at stake now but their whole clans so there is a lot of politics and advisors involved and I genuinely enjoyed it.

The writing is same the magical style of Tomi and I love it,I love the cultural references. It has the similar writing style of different POV from that slowly converge together to form the storyline. Some half-baked romances are present but don’t get alot of time.

Some pointers –
No, you can’t read and get with this book if you haven’t read the first one, infact even if you have read the first book when it came out,may be dust your memory of it alittle.

My final words

There was so much build up in this book and also carry forward from the first one but the payoff was not satisfactory for me, May be I care too much about this book, but I do because I love this series soo much and I hoped for a better book.

Have you read this book or plan to pick this up soon? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Published by drficticity

A twenty something girl who loves to read and talk about books & Stories and ideas

One thought on “Children of Virtue and Vengeance

  1. I think this happens a lot. Sequel syndrome is common. And with the way the publishers and writers promote their sequels, it becomes more and more tedious to get out of it. I’m sad that you didn’t like the second one. I wish the experience had been better for you. 😦


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