“We’re the children of the gods.” I lift my chin. “If someone’s running away, it’s not going to be us.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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.
Let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we? Personally, I don’t think this was as good as Children of Blood and Bone, however, it still was a really fantastic sequel to the epic adventure we went on in the first book and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.
What I Liked
🌍 World, characters, and diversity. It’s no secret that I fell in love with the world, characters, culture, and diversity in the first book, so I was beyond excited to jump back in with these characters and hopefully make it out alive. Which I like to think I did, but I can’t say that for all the characters. This is such a colorful and vibrant world despite all of the ongoing oppression and I think the author does a fantastic job of bringing it to life
💑 The love triangle. There, I said it. Normally, I am NOT a fan of love triangles at all. However, this worked and now I have to spend a year figuring out who I want Zélie to end up with… or maybe I should say, I know who I want Zélie to be with but it’s probably the unlikely choice so I have the spend the next year preparing for a let down. But the thing that I loved most about the love triangle is how both love interests bring forth better sides of Zélie throughout this journey.
☠️ Darker and grittier than book one. This book definitely has A LOT more fighting and battles than the first book. It’s less of an epic adventure this time around and more of a bloody war to win the monarchy. And I mean, naturally we’re here for the blood bath.
🔪 Lots of betrayals and backstabbing, like, a lot. Some of them were more obvious than others because this is told through multiple POV’s, so you know what the characters are working at on their own, but there are also plenty of other betrayals and backstabs along the way that you would have never imagined. Hold on to your wigs.
💥 Fast-paced. Much like Children of Blood and Bone this is an incredibly fast-paced read and especially because this is shorter than the first book it’s easy to fly through it in just a few sittings. I will admit that I did struggle a little bit in the beginning trying to remember all of the events of the first book, so if you need a recap you can check one out HERE. It helped me so much since this really just kind of hits the ground running and doesn’t stop.
What I Didn’t Like
🙅🏻♀️ Lack of communication. There seemed to be a lot of miscommunication in this book, which also kind of contradicts the betrayals part that I loved. But, like I mentioned some of the betrayals readers were able to see coming because of the multiple POV’s and it all just could have very easily been resolved if the characters would just stop and listen to one another, instead of claiming to be on the same side but fighting each other for who deserved the monarchy. I think that this issue potentially should have been saved for the next book.
🔄 A bit redundant. There were parts of this book that read to be very repetitive. While this is a darker journey with more fighting than adventure, it basically read like fighting in a battle, one side claims they won the war, fighting another battle, other side says they won the war, and repeat for four hundred pages. There were countless times we read Amari, Zélie, or Inan think to themselves “we won the war” even though we knew it was far from the truth because we still have A LOT more of the book to get through…and another book.
All in all, I think this was an excellent sequel to the first book. It’s one that definitely pulls on your heart and will have you ripping through the pages to find out who lives, who dies, and what the next book will have in store for us. Fingers crossed the final installment will be out some time next year and some of my favorite characters will get the happy ending they deserve!