Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Year of Publication: 2018
Seriously guys, this book has everything you love in a fantasy book. It has bad ass female characters, complex male characters, a great West African mythology, a rich worldbuilding, heartwarming relationship between siblings and friends, heartbreaking events, and ONE HELL OF ADVENTURE that remind me a lot of Percy Jackson series but in a Young Adult way!
There were once ten clans of Maji in Orisha with different abilties. Children chosen by the Gods will born with white hair and was called a Diviner, and they would become a powerful Maji when they turn 13. But eleven years ago magic in Orisha suddenly died leaving every Maji powerless, and the cruel king took this opportunity to eradicate every Maji.
Zelie Adebola always remember the night when the guards took her mother and hang her in a tree, she trained hard ever since to be a warrior to defend herself and the people she loves.
Amari, a princess and a daughter of the ruthless King Saran have lived a terrible live in her palace. She always wants to break free from her dictator mother and heartless father. Never in her life she thought that her wish would come true, until one fateful event made her decide to bring back magic and forced her to leave the palace for good.
Brought together by Gods, Amari, Zelie, and Zelie’s older brother Tzain, venture from place to place with Amari’s older brother Inan and the the army of the King on their tail. They have so little time until solstice to bring back magic or magic will be gone forever.
The pace is perfectly done, fast, but not rushed. Normally I hate fast-paced book but I’m totally okay with this because the story was gripping from the very first and I don’t mind at all with it being fast because I was reading this with full speed out of curiosity. There are three point of views in this book, Zelie, Amari, and Inan, and I enjoy reading everyone’s view!
I have never read anything related with African mythology so this is a new world for me and I LIKE IT SO MUCH. The mythology and the culture are so rich. It’s remind me a lot of Percy Jackson series because, well it involved a prophecy, demigods, quest, and thrilling adventure but in a more complex and young adult way.
For some reasons, this book kind of remind me of The City of Brass, where one bad decision lead to another bad decision, it’s a multilayered of bad decisions really. You can’t blame anyone for what happened and what will be ha
Tomi Adeyemi write this book with such lyrical and hypnotizing words it’s hard to believe that this is her debut novel.
“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. It was thinking we’d never fight back”
The way she writes made me really feel the characters. Sometimes it creeps the hell out of me, hurts me, torture me, and the other times it made me giggling like a teenager, mesmerizes me and made me actually fall in love.
“If I knew all it took to distract you was a charming smile. I would’ve did that ages ago”
You know how I feel about bad ass heroine! Zelie is a warrior with strong determination, a natural born leader, she is fierce but also has a soft spot, never let her fear intervene her for doing what is right. Amari’s character has a massive development throughout the stories, in the beginning she was always afraid of doing anything but as the story progress she became a lot tougher, it’s impossible not to love her, she has a pure heart and she’s also a really loyal friend and a really good sister, she always see the good in people and know when to step up her game, I reaaaallly love her character. And then there’s Tzain, my God, he is a really great brother figure anyone could ever wished, I love how she always protect Zelie for every shit things she had done and support her in any way. As for Inan, well I can’t decide whether I like him or want to strangle him to death, he’s a really complicated character I can’t even describe him please don’t make me!
If you never consider my recommendations before then please please just for this one time believe in me, this is an epic fantasy debut and everyone should read this. I’d recommend this book to literally everyone, if you haven’t bought this book then you’re spending it wrong!