“Children of Virtue and Vengeance” Review

A young black woman is on the cover looking backwards slightly her white hair is spread out behind her across the cover. She is wearing a red and blue head covering with a blue jewel in the center. The title is shown at the bottom of the cover and the author's name at the top.Full Title: “Children of Virtue and Vengeance: Legacy of Orïsha 2”
Written By Tomi Adeyemi
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2019
404 Pages
Completed September 30, 2023

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.

I enjoyed this one for the most part – same great characters and everything. Still it does have the problem of being the middle story in a trilogy! Things aren’t resolved completely and the ending is a cliffhanger! A really abrupt one at that. I also had to remind myself that Zélie, Amari and other characters are in fact teenagers and are reacting accordingly. Even given their history they’re still reacting like teenagers to the situations. It’s still a good story and I’m looking forward to the final book when it comes out next June.