Date Read: March 6, 2018 – March 8, 2018
First Thoughts: This book is strikingly powerful and beautiful and I want to reread it.
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.
There are very few books that I have read that have completely exceeded the hype around them. This also this is going to be a mini-review because I need to read it again so this is just going to be me gushing about this book for a paragraph or two and then this summer when I go to read it again I am going to do a full-length review.
This book is striking and powerful and so well written. The moment I finished it I was like I need to read it again. And even though it is a tome, I blew through the pages. Adeyemi’s prose, I don’t have the words for it, but her storytelling just moves so well and there is no downtime. There is constant action happening. The characters feel like they are real, I want them to succeed in their tasks and I cheered and cried and felt true terror for them. And I especially felt for Zelie, when she talked about her mother. My favorite character was Amari as we are both quiet and sheltered but have come out of our shells and truly realized the world as it is around us. Zelie is a badass queen in her own right and I cannot wait to read more about her. Also, I love the curly hair love (as a person with very curly hair I understood what Zelie was talking about with being a child and having your mother do your hair and how much of a pain it is) and how Adeyemi had her hair curl more and more as the book progressed, it is the little things like that that Adeyemi includes that just take the book to the next level.
Then there is the magic of the book, Adeyemi put so much detail in and I love how there are different types of magic. And the history of the magic and the conflict that surrounds. This is definitely something that I am going to touch on in my full-length review because I have lots of thoughts about it.
Okay, I think that I have gushed enough and must get back to studying. But if you have not already I really do encourage you to read this book as if you don’t you are truly missing out on a masterpiece.