Children of Virtue and Vengeance is Tomi Adeyemi‘s follow-up to her breakout debut Children of Blood and Bone. It’s a captivating return to Orïsha, with Zélie, Amari and many of the other characters from her first book in the series.
Caution: spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Children of Blood and Bone.
From the publisher:
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.
Zélie and Amari sacrificed a lot to bring magic back to Orïsha, but Children of Virtue and Vengeance shows that it’s not all happily ever after.
The first book in the series could be read as a metaphor for racism, marginalization and oppression of various ethnic groups. This sequel is an exploration of how proximity to power, and personal ambition (or lack thereof) can affect behavior.
In Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Adeyemi builds tension and a near-constant state of battle into just about every relationship, between external forces and amongst the allies. With a number of twists and turns, I was never quite sure who could be trusted, which only added to the suspense.
Readers who enjoyed the first book in the series will love Children of Virtue and Vengeance.