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REVIEW: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

In the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone, Zelie is now a maji reaper and has achieved the one thing that she set out to do, bringing magic back to Orisha but she did it at such a deadly cost. Now, Zelie and her brother Tzain, must try to help Princess Amari ascend to the throne. She believes her family is dead but we find out that her mother, Queen Nehanda is very much alive and kicking and is becoming more of a foe than the three could imagine. The trio make their way and find a group of rebel maji known as the Iyika who are trying to help protect the ones that are persecuted and not well looked after from both new and old threats. They must come together to protect each other and along the way must find artefacts that will help them to complete their mission.

The main theme of the book is about how the characters must grow and trust one another especially when they gain people along the way. But unfortunately for this book, it did start to fall into the second book syndrome where a lot of the main themes are repeated like characters going to find artefacts and defeat a corrupt leader. Though this series is really great for showing representation, I just feel like this was just a repeat of the first book and lacked the energy and oomph that the first book had.

3 out of 5 stars.


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