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.
There’s so much to say about this book that I don’t know where to begin or how to properly summarize everything I’m feeling. I’m going to do things a bit differently and separate my thoughts on the characters plot etc.
Usually in fantasy series the characters are my favorite part, that is surprisingly not the case here. That however in no way means the characters aren’t great, they are. Everything about this book is good and it definitely deserves all the hype it’s been receiving. At first I didn’t care much for Zellie the protagonist but now I don’t know why, by the middle of the book I had grown to love her. My favorite character was Amari, I liked her from the beginning and enjoyed her arc and how much she grew throughout the book.
I liked the Prince at first but by the end I didn’t know how to feel about him and I still don’t. He made some choices I didn’t entirely understand that made his storyline go in a direction I didn’t expect. I’m curious to see what the author will do with him in the next book, it was interesting to read from the antagonists point of view and that made me really enjoy his chapters.
At first glance the story seams simple, a familiar battle against good and evil and a quest to restore magic. This book features many classics fantasy elements, there’s a chosen one, a rebellious princess, hate to love romance. This book has all these things I love to see in a fantasy novel, and it has things I’ve never seen done before. It feels refreshing and new in many ways. This book is a nonstop adventure, you will not want to stop reading, you also won’t want the book to end. It ends with a bang, that has me eager to read the next one.
The magic and world
The magic system and world building is absolutely spectacular. Normally I don’t care about how complicated or cool the magic system is, I just care that it works within the story without being too confusing. In this case magic plays such a key role in the story that’s it’s something I paid attention to and, was impressed by. It first I thought I was never going to remember what all the different types of Maji are called, but I caught on easily. The magic is truly very awesome and made for some fantastic fight scenes.
I could tell from just a few chapters in that this was a solid fantasy novel, that deserves to become the next big thing in YA. I am impressed by everything in this novel including the writing. Despite being huge and a little daunting, I found it extremely easy to read. The chapters are short, which I always like, and the end of each one makes you want to read the next one. This is one of those books where reading just one more chapter before bed quickly turns into five. I am so satisfied by this and exited to see where the story will go after that epic ending.