Review: Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Posted January 2, 2020 by Laurie in Reviews / 0 Comments

After about 1.5 years, the wait was finally over and we were able to continue reading in “The Legacy of Orïsha” series. Children of virtue and Vengeance got its release last December and because this was my only anticipated book for that month, I wanted to read it as soon as possible. Was it worth the long wait? Please beware of spoilers of Children of blood and bone within the synopsis.

Review: Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Virtue and VengeanceChildren of virtue and vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #2
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 404
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Henry Holt and Company on December 3, 2019
ISBN: 9781250170996
Also by this author: Bloed en beenderen
Also in this series: Bloed en beenderen

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.

The release of Children of virtue and vengeance has been postponed several times, because Tomi Adeyemi was not satisfied with the story and did a lot of rewriting. Therefore, my ejxpectations were high – and also because Children of blood and bone is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, constantly rewriting a book does not always turn out to be the best. This is definitely the case for this sequel.

If you read Children of blood and bone straight away when it got released back in 2018, you could have a hard time getting into the story of Children of virtue and vengeance. This was definitely the case for me within the first few chapters. It became all clear to me after a short while, so that’s a good thing. We also got some closure about what happened at the end of Children of blood and bone pretty quickly, so that’s good as well.

Unfortunately, the storyline of Children of virtue and vengeance was not as exciting as I’d hoped for. In fact, it’s pretty boring and repetitive. Both parties – and there’s an extra force to be reckoned with at one of those – prepare to destroy eachother. So, that means a lot of battles. All they do is prepare for battle, fight, win or loose, prepare for battle, fight, win or loose and so on and so on. For the first two or three times it’s okay, but it becomes quite boring and repetitive after. Furthermore, it’s not quite creative.

What I found really refreshing about Children of blood and bone is that the book addresses several real life issues intertwined in a fantasy world, such as oppression and racism. Where is all that in Children of virtue and vengeance? These issues are addressed literally……. ZERO times. Yes, you’re reading it correctly, zero times. For me, this was the whole point of Children of blood and bone, to address such issues and to make people think about them and discuss them. I expected for Children of virtue and vengeance to continue on the same path. We will never find out what this book was before, but I think this is a missed opportunity and makes this book more of a generic fantasy story that makes the original concept of this series loose its charm. I don’t want to say that this book is problematic, but please be aware of this when you’re a person of color and/or you want to read about these kind of issues in books.

What more can I say about this book? Well, the cliffhanger at the end was quite interesting. However, it didn’t put me on the edge of my seat, but I want to know what’s going to happen. Therefore, I will read the third book in the series and honestly I really hope that one will match the standard Adeyemi set for this series with Children of blood and bone. Children of virtue and vengeance suffers a lot from second book syndrome and that’s such a pity. I really hoped that this book would get my second 5 stars of December, but I can’t make more of it then 3 stars.


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