M’s very drunk review of Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Sam also has a drunk review of book 1 here
What I Drank: I had a whole bottle of Chardonnay… don’t judge—that’s a lot for a new mom! Also, yes I know Chard isn’t great but it’s what I go int my new wine delivery subscription.
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 Summary: Back in Orïsha, things are not going great. While Amari and Zélie may have felt good at the end of Children of Blood and Bone, now they have to deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately, neither are erupt to do so and that brings us to boom 2 and normal book2 fallout. Not following the last book’s character arc is what we’re left with, sadly.
Non-spoliwer Tboufhts: I seriously LOVED being back in Orïsha. The magic is lovely and the West African mythology is mesmerizing, plus it feels like it hasn’t been done before. Unfortunately, it seems like that’s all we have since the AH-mazing characters we adored in book 1 are nowhere to be found. The beautiful descriptions and world-building set up in the original went a long way for me ranking this book more highly than it deserved.
What I Loved: Being back in the world! Orïsha is so well thought out at a place/setting and the origin story so wonderful. At least one of the shots/ratings is just being back in the world alone with its layers of magic and too-close-to-real prejudice running in the veins of the characters.
What I Liked: Drawing a blank here currently, but I think there was something I liked. Oh yes! Now I remember—learning about the Iyika was a highlight of the book. Zélie and her Reaper crew were super adorable. It didn’t make up for most of the bad-not-tgoughtout-ness, but helped a little.
What I did t Like: Lietrrally most of the book. It just wasn’t very good with it being so plot-driven and what felt like forgetting every character’s arc from the last book. Even the left field comeback was crazy annoying for how similar it was to the first book. I did not enjoy reading any of these characters, which was soooo upsetting! Inan and Amari are def the worst, but Zélie isn’t much better if at all.
What I Hated: oMG could the characters be more wishy-washy? What happen to my bad ass characters? I cannot impart how disappointing this was for me. I really wanted to continue loving my characters you guys. Also, there is something that happens toward the end that is 100% unacceptable, but for some reason is swept under the rug because of new rules around the magic structure. But I mean, seriously? Still not ok.
TL;DR: I loved the first book, but this one was disappointing. I’m still going to read number 3, but please please please be better than this one.
Pairing: Yikes, I would say a Chardonnay when you thought it was sparkling wine. This happened to one of my friends once and it sounded very unpleasant.
Rating: 3/5 shots, and seriously at minimum one of those was just because I love the first book so much and the non-Western magic structure.