They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.
Wowwwwww. This book blew me away. I loved it so much. From being own voices and representing a sorely under represented community in fantasy, to the awesome world building, to the fantastic magic system. I also love that it’s based around a fictional version of Nigeria. Orïsha is fantastic and feels so real – helped by discussion of everyday life and communities that bring in tiny little elements.
Zélie is a great main character, and I actually found her less selfish than her brother kept saying haha! I’m looking forward to more of them together. I especially like that while she’s the focus of the book and it’s events, there’s nothing strictly special about her (well other than that she’s a divîner).
And the king, with both his historic destruction of magic and the way he is now, both with family and maji, is absolutely terrifying. His interactions with those around him demonstrate that so clearly, and you can’t help but feel sorry for Amari and Inan!
I liked Amari’s growth too, especially right at the end! Trying not to spoil but 😱😱😱 love her.
Tzain and Inan do less for me, though I do like Tzain, I just find his want to control Zélie frustrating. And Inan’s flip flopping over everything is frustrating. But honestly those are two tiny things and the only niggles I have with this glorious book.
Finally, I want a lionaire! Ha. Actually I could have done with a little more on what exactly these hybrid creatures are, but I also really like that not everything is explained in tiny detail.
And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. I can not wait for book 2. I need it now. Pleeeeeease???! 4.5 stars for absolute brilliance. I want to ramble on about it in detail but it would be all the spoilers, so suffice to say that this book totally lives up to the hype and I definitely recommend it.
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